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news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 18, Number 12 ~  June 17, 2016

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
prayers for...

Adults from congregations across the diocese gathered for retreat at Bishopswood this weekend.

The youth group and leaders from St. John's, Bangor as they embark on a mission trip to Cambridge, Mass. next week. They will serve meals to the homeless while volunteering with local ministries. Follow along with them here.

for graduates, for kids and teens on summer vacation, for summer day camps at our churches, and for Camp Bishopswood staff and campers as they begin the summer season.

All those affected by the horrific shooting at Pulse in Orlando last Sunday morning.

Episcopal News Service has collected statements, articles and resources here:

Our own Bishop Stephen Lane is the author of the featured Litany for Gun Violence Prevention.

in the news

Reporting on vigils held to remember victims in Orlando:
Portland, where Bishop Lane offered the closing blessing
Bar Harbor, led by the Rev. Tim Fleck
Augusta, the Rev. Erik Karas offered prayers
York Harbor, story in advance of tonight's vigil led by the Rev. Calvin Sanborn

voices among us...

This very moving public Facebook post, shared by JetBlue crew member Kelly Davis Karas about the compassion shown to a grandmother of one of the victims while traveling to Orlando, has been shared well over 100,000 times and made the national news. Kelly is married to the Rev. Erik Karas, pastor and priest at Church at 209 in Augusta. 

Maine Episcopal Network for Justice (MENJ) joins Bishop Lane and his fellow members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence in inviting Episcopalians to a call to action. The U.S Senate will vote on common sense measures to prevent gun violence on Tuesday. Learn more about how to email or call Maine's senators - both of whom voted for the background check bill defeated in 2013.

The Rev. Calvin Sanborn, rector of St. George's, York Harbor, shares his reaction to news of the attack offered at a gathering in Ogunquit earlier this week.

Also, the Rev. Shirley Bowen, executive director of Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, is featured on Music that Moves Me by Maine Public Radio. Shirley shares a song, 'Not Too Far from Here," that has taught her about the vulnerable neighbors she serves at Seeds of Hope and in the community. Take a listen.

Around the Diocese

School's out for the summer! We would love for your favorite kids to join us at Bishopswood!

Camp Bishopswood still has openings in all but two weeks. A mother recently sent a letter to camp and shared this: "Bishopswood has been a formative part of our child's growth, and the counselors he has had have made each summer unique and special."

Bishopswood is one of the most affordable camps in Maine providing transformative experience that your child will remember forever. More information and registration is available at
Also, Maine clergy! We are still looking for a few chaplains for July 8, July 22, July 29, and August 12. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Bishopswood, share a tasty dinner, and lead our closing Eucharist service. Please email Mike Douglass at if you are interested. 

Dreaming about a new ministry in your community?

Apply now for a 2016 Round 2 New Initiative Grant from Diocesan Council.

Each congregation and organization in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Diocese's Seven Criteria for Mission.

Learn more and apply here.

The deadline for Round 2 applications is 4 p.m. on Monday, August 15. Diocesan Council will make grant recommendations at its September 10 meeting.

The online application may be found at

Coaching and resources to help churches plan for Sunday School next fall

This summer Canon Missioner Jane Hartwell and colleagues in other churches would like to help those in charge of Christian education prepare for Christian formation programs in the upcoming year. Also, check out the Christian Ed Collaboration pages on the diocesan website, for resources. Several churches are doing innovative things, both on Sunday mornings, to adapt to smaller numbers, and outside of the traditional Sunday School time.

For more, contact Jane Hartwell at

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Stars and Stripes Concert at Good Shepherd, Rangeley, to benefit Bishopswood
On Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley will host Robert and Nancy Ludwig, who serve as the organist and choirmaster at St. John's, Bangor, in presenting their ninth annual Stars and Stripes Concert. The Ludwigs will perform a varied program of classical and popular music on the church's Allen organ and Steinway grand piano, and conclude with a patriotic sing-a-long. The concert is free but donations received will benefit Camp Bishopswood. 

Two Vacation Bible Camps welcome kids in July 

Learn more about these two summer opportunities for kids St. Ann's, Windham and St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth.

Beauty, Peace, Resistance: Barefoot Artists in Palestine

Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Maine Chapter will host talks by three artists on two evenings in July. Featured will be Lily Yeh, Philadelphia-based community artist and founder of Barefoot Artists, along with Dud Hendrick and Rob Shetterly. They will discuss and show images of their recent work in three areas of the Palestinian West Bank. Yeh uses art to build community, peace, and hope among some of the world's most oppressed people. 

The first event will be on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick; followed by an event on Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill.

 All are welcome. 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.

Save the Date from Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Leadership Prep for Miqra - October 7-8
Miqra at the Cathedral - the big fall youth event for everyone in grades 6-12 - October 8-10
Youth at Convention - October 22
Leadership Prep for middle school event - February
Winter Middle School Event - for grades 6-8 - March
Leadership Prep for TEC - March
TEC - Teens Encounter Christ - for high schoolers - March
E.Y.E. - Mainers will join 1,000 high schoolers at a university in Oklahoma for the Episcopal Youth Event - July 10-14, 2017

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