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news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 18, Number 11 ~  June 3, 2016

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

voices among us...

Bishop Steve Lane offers guidance and resources for clergy navigating political advocacy and social media as well as our call to civil discourse.

Read his post here

Check out the June edition of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice newsletter...more resources and upcoming events. 
Around the Diocese

Join us for our annual Open House on Sunday

Our Open House Day is Sunday, June 5. Join us at Bishopswood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take a tour of camp, meet summer staff and our Board of Directors. This is a great way to check out camp before you arrive, or if you are thinking about camp this summer. Please email Mike at if you plan to attend. 

Registration is open and we have plenty of room. Please join us for a week or multiple weeks to make memories and friends to last a lifetime. Camp is a great place to try new things, meet friends, and leave better than when you arrived. Register at

Survey about Christian Formation for Children, Teens and Adults

If you are involved with Sunday school or Christian formation for children, teens or adults, please take a minute and fill out this  survey from Church Publishing. The more individuals and congregations that participate, the better picture they will have as to the patterns and needs of formation in Episcopal congregations today. The survey will close on June 10th.

Education for Ministry this fall

To join the new group beginning in Kennebunk this fall, contact Susan Andrews at andrews8035@roadrunner.comIf you are interested in finding out about other groups around the diocese or in starting a new group in your area, contact diocesan coordinator Patricia Buck-Welton at  EfM is a comprehensive and well-organized study of the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and Theology - and includes theological reflection to connect scripture with our own lives.  It is a rich and enjoyable experience because the learning and reflection take place in small groups, guided by a trained EfM mentor.  Other than the ability to read one lesson each week, there are no pre-requisites for EfM. 

Calling all members of Diocesan Council from the late-1980s (who never throw anything away)

A recent review of Diocesan Council records in the archives reveals some gaps from 1986 to 1989. If you served on Council during that time (or know someone who did) and you have materials, minutes, agendas, notes or other Dio Council information, please be in touch with Barbara Martin, archivist, at or 772-1953 x 125. Materials will be copied and returned. Thank you for your help. 

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Summer camp at St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth, June 21 to 24

St. Bart's Sunday school kids and friends will kick off the summer with four days of fun! Children from local congregations are welcome to join in the fun of outdoor adventures, songs, crafts, and stories. The theme this summer will be "Welcoming the Stranger," and children will hear stories about strangers in the Bible and tie these stories to the experiences of refugees that have relocated to Maine, otherwise known as New Mainers. This will also offer an opportunity to learn about other countries!

"For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35

For registration forms, please email: Click here for a flyer.

Invite middle and high schoolers to BION Camp! - August 16-20 at Bishopswood - register by June 20 for the early price
Even if you're not in grades 6-12, please invite kids to BION - our diocese's camp created especially for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Campers will make new friends and enjoy living in the outdoors with kids their age from all over Maine.  They'll choose activities like ultimate Frisbee, archery, kayaking, swimming, theater games, creative crafts, challenge games and more. There will be music, campfires, s'mores, teen-led worship, interesting focus groups about God and life, high school coffee house and a middle school games night.   Staff include musician Thew Elliott, the Rev. Christopher Szarke, the Rev. Laura Peckham, A.K. Akera and adults and young adults from all over our diocese.  Please consider providing a scholarship for a teen from your town.  Register at . Download an information  flyer here.  For more info, contact Jane Hartwell or Camp Director Kerry Mansir.

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