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news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 18, Number 6  ~  March 25, 2016

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
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prayers for...

all those who affected by the violence in Brussels, Turkey, and other places of strife around the world.

voices among us...

Bishop Stephen Lane's op-ed in the March 23 edition of the Portland Press Herald, "Holy Week is a good time to remember not to persecute the innocent."

"A Word to the Church" issued by the House of Bishops who gathered recently for their spring retreat in Texas.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter message (text here)

A profile of Bishop Curry in the March 18 edition of the New York Times.

Check out the photo album from the first faith-based advocacy workshop hosted by the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice on March 12. Stay-tuned for more opportunities to learn how to exercise your faith voice in the public sphere.

Here Lacy Broemel, on the staff of the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations in Washington, briefs participants on issues before Congress.

Around the Diocese

Spring Training 2016 on April 9 in Brunswick: 
Choose from among 20 workshops 

On Saturday, April 9, gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth at St. Paul's in Brunswick.

A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? 

With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. Light breakfast and drinks provided; please bring your own bag lunch.

Details about the day, full workshop descriptions, a flyer, and a bulletin insert are here. Space is filling up, so please register to attend soon.

St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, seeks a half-time music director

St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, is seeking a half-time Director of Music to lead, teach, accompany and inspire our music ministry.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to or to the Rev. Timothy Fleck, Rector, St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Review of applications will begin upon receipt, and applications received before May 1, 2016, will be given priority.

Click here for a full profile and position description.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Episcopal Church Foundation's free Spring webinars

Episcopal Church Foundation - the Vestry Papers people - has announced its spring series of free webinars. The webinars are a great opportunity to learn about best practices in various church topics. Some issues to be covered beginning on April 5 include: "First Steps in Leading Change," "Storytelling as Evangelism," "Strategic Visioning and Planning," and many more. Click here for a list of topics and dates.

Bishopswood fundraiser at St. Peter's, Portland, on April 23

St. Peter's, Portland, will host three seatings for a roast pork dinner to benefit Camp Bishopswood on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online at or at the door. Click here for a flyer.

School of Healing Prayer at Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove - April 28-30

With the charge to learn how to love, listen, and pray, the Church of Our Father will offer a three-day School of Healing Prayer from April 28 to 30. Offered by the Diocese of Albany in partnership with Christian Healing Ministries, Inc., the April training will offer the first of four levels of instruction.

All are welcome. An informational brochure is available for download here. Click here for an application.

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