November 6, 
No. 22
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Some of the 155 bishops processing into the Washington National Cathedral on November 1 for the Installation of the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.  
Photo: Danielle Thomas (c) 2015 Washington National Cathedral

prayers for...

Bishop Steve Lane as he joins the people of the Diocese of Vermont as guest speaker for their Convention this weekend.

the family of the Rev. Janice MacFarland Schuyler, retired priest of this diocese and wife of the Rev. William Schuyler, upon her death on October 27 in Western Massachusetts. Janice served as vicar of St. Stephen the Martyr, Waterboro, from 1994 to 2007 and as the chaplain to the Bishop Nominating Committee in 1996-97. A service was held on October 31 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 70 Highland Street, Holden, MA 01520. Memorial Gifts may be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church.

the Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw, missionaries to Mityana, Uganda. Here is their latest

voices among us...

Bishop Curry's Installation Sermon at the Washington National Cathedral
Bishop Curry's Installation Sermon at the Washington National Cathedral

Deacon Mary Lee Wile of St. Paul's, Brunswick, reflects on the Installation in a post on the New Northeast.

"As a deacon, I'd been delighted by his focus on the word "GO!", his injunction to go into the world beyond our red doors to share our good news and take compassionate action." -- Mary Lee Wile

In a recent post on the New Northeast, the Rev. Shirley Bowen, director of the Seeds of Hope Jubilee Center in Biddeford, answers the question, What IS a Jubilee Center? Read it here.

The Rev. Mary Bourque, deacon at St. Matthew's, Hallowell/Church at 209, offered this letter to the editor of the Kennebec Journal on the need for substance abuse services to support Maine's incarcerated women. 

Mary is the program director for Walk With Me: A Journey, a mentoring program for women at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. The Walk With Me program is the recipient of a 2015 New Initiatives Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

Here's Canon Heidi Shott's latest column, "The Privilege of Belonging," on the BTS Center's blog, Bearings.


There's still time to fill out the Convention evaluation 

Clergy, delegates, alternates, youth reps, workshop leaders, exhibitors, and guests are invited to fill out the Convention evaluation at by Friday, November 14th. Please let us hear from you (once)!

Funds available for international development and fighting domestic poverty in Maine

Diocesan Council invites proposals for both programs, international and domestic, for consideration at its December meeting. Please submit a letter of application - describing the program and detail how and for what purpose diocesan funds would be used - to Canon Heidi Shott by December 1, 2015. Examples of successful past proposal letters are available as a guide. Please be in touch.

Learn about ministry with Middle and High Schoolers....

Are you curious about current practices in ministry with middle and high schoolers? What's working in churches and our diocese? How to pray with kids and help them to grow to know and love God? Join Jane Hartwell on Saturday morning,November 21 from 8:15 - 10:30 at St. Luke's Cathedral (backdoor - 134 Park Street in Portland). The early hour is because we'll observe youth-led worship at 8:30 during the diocesan middle school event. RSVP to
Join the new Episcopal Maine Musicians' Facebook Group

All clergy, singers, musicians and parishioners are invited to join the Facebook group Episcopal Maine Musicians.  This is a "closed" group, which means we can share resources easily.  Ask questions, see what others are doing, download interesting materials and be part of a new network, started by Thew Elliott of Trinity, Portland, Ivan Stefanov of St. George's, York, and Jane Hartwell.

Diocesan payroll will return to 26 payments in 2016

The Diocese of Maine will return to the bi-weekly pay date schedule used by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine's Payroll Services prior to 2015. For 2016, this will mean 26 pay dates. For salaried employees, the first pay date will be Monday, January 4, 2016. And for hourly employees, the first pay date will be Thursday, January 7, 2016. And for all employees pay dates will continue every other Thursday after January 7, 2016, through 2016.

Click on the link for a letter that details the change or visit the payroll page of the diocesan website. 

Questions, please contact Canon for Finance Terry Reimer at

Regional confirmation cancelled

The Regional Confirmation scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, at St. Mary's, Falmouth, has been cancelled.  For more information, please contact Barbara Martin at



Two midcoast concerts offered this weekend

Jay Zoller of Newcastle, organist at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta, will offer two concerts on the midcoast. On November 6, 7:30 p.m. at St. John Baptist, Thomaston, and Sunday, November 8, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's, Newcastle.

All are cordially invited to attend. A free will offering will be taken at both programs to support the mission in Haiti. The program includes Fantasy and Fugue in g minor and Partita on "Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig" by J. S. Bach and Dona Nobis Pacem  and Sonata on a Single Theme by Heinz Wunderlich.

LOVE HEALS: A weekend with Becca Stevens and the women of Thistle Farms,
Nov. 12-15

In November the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction in Nashville, Tennessee, will share this ministry with Mainers. The community includes a two-year residential program and a social enterprise that employs residents and graduates.

With the help from a New Initiatives Grant, the Diocese of Maine's Human Trafficking Ministry Group and other sponsors and partners will host Stevens and women from Thistle Farms at events to be held November 12 through November 15.   

Thursday, November 12
Bates College, Lewiston 70 Campus Avenue, Muskie Archives
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Presentation: Burning Desire: Our Longing for Justice and Hope for Healing

Friday, November 13
The Center for Wisdom's Women, Lewiston 97 Blake Street (between Pine & Ash)
10 a.m. - 12 noon Conversations
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wise and Strong Women Speak: Love Heals

Saturday, November 14
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick 27 Pleasant Street
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Conference: Love Heals

The conference will focus particularly on what the faith community can do to address the issues and needs in New England. Local providers and advocates will be available for conversation, some with resource tables. Online registration in advance is required to attend the conference. There is no registration fee, but generous donations to help defray the costs for the day are encouraged. Lunch will be provided by St. Paul's Church. 

Child care is available: Sign up here 

Sunday, November 15
Trinity Episcopal Church, Lewiston 247 Bates Street (next to Kennedy Park)
10 a.m. Worship and Discussion: Being Doers of the Word in Our Neighborhoods

Download a detailed brochure here or a flyer here.

Follow the news about the event on our Facebook page, 

Diocesan Fall Middle School Event at the Cathedral on November 20-22 
Invite kids from your church! The event leader is Fred Fowler, The Rev. Lael Sorensen is the priest, and 24 teens and adults from all over our diocese are on the leadership team. There'll be discussions, games, swimming, music and activities. It's a great time for your kids in grades 6-8 to make new friends, explore faith and have fun.  
The underlying theme is God's unconditional love - as seen through the lives of Moses, Mary, Mary Magdalen, Peter and middle schoolers. Download an information flyer here. Register at FMI contact Fred Fowler at

Thanksgiving service at St. John's, Bangor

For what are you thankful?  In your life?  In the year past?  For whom are you thankful?  Come express your gratitude on the Eve of Thanksgiving with others in your community.
On Wednesday, November 25, at 7pm St. John's, Bangor, will offer an opportunity to pause and be thankful with an inclusive multi-faith, multi-generational service. Nursery care also provided.
"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" All are welcome

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