The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Register now for Spring Training 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
27 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, Maine

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? With 21 workshops to choose from, you’ll find what you’re looking for. The topic offered by each workshop will be framed around the question: How do I be a Christian? There’s no cost for this event, which will be held at St. Paul’s Church and the public library in Brunswick.

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Workshops Offered (Click here for full workshop descriptions)

Workshop Session I and Dwelling in the Word: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

  • Optimal Vestry meeting – led by Stephen Lane
  • Beyond (and deeper into) the Hymnal – led by Thew Elliott
  • How to Love Our Neighbor When You Disagree – led by the Rev. Calvin Sanborn
  • All of Us for All of God – led by Merle Marie Troeger
  • Ministry to the Aging and Elderly in our Communities – led by Betty Balderson, Mary Ann Hoy, Rachel Zoller, and Edie Vaughan
  • Stewardship/Annual Pledging – led by Terry Reimer
  • Maine Pilgrims Share Their Palestine Stories – led by members of the pilgrimage

Plenary with remarks from Bishop Stephen Lane, worship, and music: 11:15 to Noon

Workshop Session II: 12:30-1:45 pm

  • Money and Wisdom for Vestries – led by Michael Ambler and Heidi Shott
  • Dinner Church – led by the Rev. Reed Loy and Linden Rayton
  • The Art of Being with the Poor and Homeless – led by the Rev. Chick Carroll
  • Telling the Gospel as if you believe it is GOOD news – led by Klara Tammany
  • Incapacity and Death: How to take care of yourself, your loved ones and your favorite charities – led by Betsey McCandless and Terry Reimer
  • Discernment Tools for Everyday Life – led by Jane Hartwell

Workshop Session III: 2:00 – 3:15 pm

  • Leadership in Contentious Times – led by Stephen Lane
  • Messy Church – led by Kerry Mansir
  • Community Partnerships – led by Susan Murphy, Erik Karas, and Andree Appel
  • Discovering our Roots: Exploring Celtic Spirituality – led by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith
  • The Other Six Days: Prayer and Spiritual Practice – led by Michael Ambler
  • Church Finances – led by Terry Reimer
  • Best Practices for Social Media – led by Heidi Shott

Schedule of the Day

8:30 to 9:15 – Greeting and Coffee

9:30 to 11:00 – Workshop Session I (with Dwelling in the Word)

11:15 to noon – Plenary with remarks from Bishop Lane, worship, and music

12:30 to 1:45 – Workshop Session II (with lunch)

2:00 to 3:15 – Workshop Session III (and clean up)


WHEN? Saturday, April 29, 2017.

TIME? Coffee and a snack are available from 8:30 – 9:15.  The workshops begin at 9:30 and end at 3:15.

WHERE? St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant Street in Brunswick. It’s on the corner of Union Street. Come in the backdoor. Some workshops will also be held at the adjacent Curtis Public Library. A full schedule with workshop locations is available at the registration table just inside the lower level entrance from St. Paul’s parking lot.

PARKING? Please plan extra time so you can park in a municipal lot or on the street.  To reach the public parking in the Fire Station lot, continue on Pleasant Street and turn left onto Abby Lane.  OR Drive beside the church to the public parking lot on Union Street. OR Park along Union Street.  Please don’t take one of the limited spaces in the church parking lot unless walking is difficult for you.

WHERE SHOULD I GO WHEN I ARRIVE?  The parking lot door will be the easiest to use.  Register at the door and come to the Great Hall for coffee and to browse the display tables.

WHAT TO BRING? Your lunch and a nametag.  Be prepared to eat in a room without a table.

WHO CAN COME?  Everyone is invited, but registration is required so we can plan for you.  The workshops were chosen to appeal to clergy, wardens, vestries, staff, teachers, lay leaders and all parishioners in churches around Maine.  Space is limited to 170 people.

WHERE DO I REGISTER? Register here. Registration will close if we reach capacity of 170 people. Otherwise, it will close on Tuesday, April 25. Sorry, group registration isn’t available. We need to get a headcount for workshops in order to put them in the right-sized rooms.

I FORGOT WHICH WORKSHOPS I REGISTERED FOR? Look at your confirmation email.  Or use your best guess.  Or check the list available on the bulletin board at St. Paul’s. Also, the bulletin board will indicate which workshops have unlimited seating.

ACCESSIBILITY? St. Paul’s Church and the Curtis Public Library both have an elevator.

ABOUT THE BUILDING?  There are four bathrooms on the first floor and two on the second floor.  The building has two sets of stairs and an elevator.  Come to the Registration Table when you arrive and we’ll give you a packet with workshop locations and a map. At the end of the day, we’ll pitch in to move chairs and clean up so the building will be ready for Sunday morning.

HANDOUTS/DISPLAYS?  If you would like to highlight your church program or ministry, we invite you to reserve a display table. Sign up to reserve a display table here.

GRATITUDE:  Thank you to St. Paul’s Church for your wonderful hospitality!

QUESTIONS? Ask Jane Hartwell at

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