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January 17, 2014

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Jaed Coffin, writing in this month's Maine magazine about "exploring spirituality in the least religious state in America," talks with one of our retired priests, the Rev. Jonathan Appleyard.


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Prayers for...
the Rev. Caroline Hines, transitional priest in charge at St. Mary and St. Jude, Northeast Harbor, upon the death of her mother, Virginia Hines of Jackson, Mississippi, on January 7.

young adults of the diocese as they begin their annual retreat at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland this evening.

Bishop Steve Lane as he journeys to Minnesota next week to begin his month-long residence among the leadership and people of that diocese.

Around the Diocese
The Rev. Chick Carroll reflects on a year of praying for those living in poverty

Chick Carroll and Martha Kirkpatrick lead a
Convention workshop on poverty
Congregations and groups in the Diocese of Maine pledged to start each meeting of 2013 with a prayer and conversation about those living in poverty. Here's what Deacon Chick Carroll of St. Paul's, Brunswick, has to say about the experience in The New Northeast.

Committee on Aging members attend Maine Summit on Aging

Jay and Rachel Zoller, St. Andrew's, Newcastle; the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy, Coordinator of the diocesan Dementia/Alzheimer's Ministry; the Rev. Lin Peyton, chair; and Bruce Dalbeck, Trinity, Portland. John Hennessy of St. Luke's, Portland, and Maine AARP, is around here somewhere. Late in the day a member of St. Paul's, Brunswick, Sen. Angus King, will address the gathering.

Members of the diocesan Committee on Aging have gathered with more than 350 Mainers today at the first ever Maine Summit on Aging, sponsored by House Speaker Rep. Mark Eves and the Maine Council on Aging.

After hearing panel discussions on aspects of aging in Maine in the morning, participants will spend the afternoon working to draw up policy initiatives on issues related to elder housing, health care, transportation, and fostering age-friendly communities.

Testimony offered on health care for all Mainers

On January 9, the Rev. Suzanne Roberts, pastoral associate at St. Luke's, Portland, and a primary care physician at Maine Med, offered compelling testimony before the Joint Insurance and Financial Services Committee of the Maine Legislature on LD 1345, "An Act to Establish a Single-payer Health Care System to be Effective in 2017." The bill was sponsored by Rep. Charlie Priest, a member of St. Paul's, Brunswick. Go Maine Episcopalians!

Suzanne Roberts MD, MDiv for single payer health care

Episcopal Church Foundation Fellowship applications welcome

Since 1964 the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has provided support to emerging scholars and ministry leaders throughout the Episcopal Church. In addition to financial support, ECF helps fellows to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church in practical ways.


Open to both lay and ordained Episcopalians, ECF builds a relationship with fellows not only when they are receiving financial support, but over the long haul, so that our community of fellows may serve as a gift and resource to the Church in serving God's mission.


Grants for both the scholar track and the ministry track are typically up to $15,000, with the option of renewal. 


The deadline for completed applications in March 14. Learn more about the ECF Fellows program and the application process here.  



Apply for a United Thank Offering to support your congregation's ministry


Each congregation in Maine is welcome to submit a UTO grant application to fund ministry in your local community. Each diocese if invited to submit one diocesan-based application and one international application.  


In 2013 the Diocese of Maine received a grant to build a school in Duny, Haiti, through the partnership with St. Luke's, Cathedral, and a grant to help feed children in midcoast communities through partnerships with St. Andrew's, Newcastle, and St. Philip's, Wiscasset.


The deadline for grant applications to the Diocesan Office is Friday, February 14. Each grant will be reviewed by the UTO Grants Committee and one will be recommended for submission to the UTO office by the national deadline, February 28.  


Click here for an overview of the application process. If you have questions about the process, please contact Canon Heidi Shott at hshott@episcopalmaine.org



Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Free course with Bishop Michael Curry on ChurchNext beginning January 27
"We need some Crazy Christians" 

Anyone with Internet access and a computer or tablet can get free instruction on how to become a crazy Christian.


From January 27 through February 3, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will teach The Big Class, a program of ChurchNextThe course will expand on Crazy Christians:  A Call to Follow Jesus published by Church Publishing Inc. The book is based on "We Need Some Crazy Christians," a widely-acclaimed sermon the bishop preached at the Episcopal Church's General Convention in 2012.


Bishop Curry will moderate the course and answer online questions during the week of The Big Class. Participants can take the course anytime during the week at www.churchnext.tv. No special software is required.


Bishop Curry General Convention Sermon:
Bishop Curry General Convention Sermon: "We need some crazy Christians!"



Join the Christian Ed Collaboration

The next meeting of the Christian Ed Collaboration is Monday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Those interested in Christian education is invited to come in person to Loring House, or to connect through WebEx by contacting chairperson Julie Morrison at jmorrison500@yahoo.com.

Flyers for upcoming youth events

Winter Middle School Event flyer

TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) flyer

E.Y.E. flyer

Registrations are open for all events at maineyouth.org.



Lenten Resources...


From the Society of St. John the Evangelist -  

SSJE's 2014 Lent Online Offering is now available at www.SSJE.org/lovelife. The theme is love in the Gospel of John. There will be a daily short video starting Ash Wednesday through to Palm Sunday. There is a free downloadable workbook or print copies for sale. A resource page and promotional material for group leaders and clergy is available at www.SSJE.org/loveliferesources. This series is designed so that everyone connected to a church can participate even if they can't show up in person. Materials for groups and for people who prefer to access the series via a smart phone or computer are also available. 


From Forward Movement -

A variety of low-cost Lenten and Easter booklets and resources are available here.  


From Episcopal Relief & Development -

Click here for ER&D's daily Lenten mediation booklet.  


From Lent Madness -

The definitive guide to Lent Madness 2014, Saintly Scorecard features the biographies of the thirty-two saints in contention for the golden halo. (This year Maine's Heidi Shott will shepherd J.S. Bach, Phillips Brooks - celebrated preacher and the rector behind the building of Trinity, Copley Place, Boston, and Harriet Bedell - a missionary deacon who served native people in Alaska and Florida.)  


The booklet includes tips on how congregations and individuals can use Lent Madness as a devotional tool, as well as a handy glossary and fold-out bracket.

Bulk pricing: 10-24 copies are $2.00 each25+ copies are $1.00 each.