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tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Consider offering your gifts in the search for the next Bishop of Maine

Is God calling you to share your gifts and experience in the search for the Tenth Bishop of Maine?

On June 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Bishop Steve Lane will pass the crozier to the next Bishop Diocesan of Maine.

Maine Episcopalians must do lots of faithful, prayerful work in the coming months to bring that day to fruition. One of the people to help do that work may be you!

The Standing Committee of the Diocese invites you to consider an invitation to be considered for membership on the two committees that will do much of the work leading to an Episcopal transition.

 Episcopal Transition Q & A 

What are the two committees?
The Discernment Committee will survey the diocese, create a diocesan online profile, receive nominations, screen/interview nominees, and present a slate of qualified bishop candidates to the Standing Committee by November 2018. Most active: December 2017 to November 2018.

The Transition Committee will manage the details of the candidates’ walkabouts, the bishop election, and the ordination/consecration in June 2019. They will also actively support Bishop Lane, the bishop-elect, and their families with their transitions. Most active: November 2018 to June 2019.

Who may be nominated to serve?
Lay members in good standing in a Maine Episcopal congregation and priests and deacons who are canonically-resident in the Diocese of Maine may serve on either committee.

What is the Standing Committee looking for in nominees to serve on the committees
Standing Committee members are looking for people who…

  • know a thing or two about the Episcopal Church in their local community and care about the future of the Episcopal Church in Maine.
  • will attend meetings, both in person and online.
  • represent all of our churches: large and small, rural and urban, formal and casual.
  • feel at ease with electronic communication and have a dependable computer or tablet.
  • do tasks they agree to do on behalf of the group in a timely and dedicated manner.
  • listen to others viewpoints, able to articulate their own, and will work toward consensus.
  • respect boundaries and keep strict confidences.
  • can attend the initial overnight meeting in Portland on Friday (evening) and Saturday, December 1 and 2. This is required.

What is the deadline for nominating someone for the committees?
Friday, November 10, 2017

May I nominate myself?
You bet!

Where may I find the nomination form?
A link to the nomination form may be found on the diocesan home page at or at the direct link:

When will membership on the two committees be announced?
The Standing Committee will announce the membership of the committees on November 20.

What if I am (or the person I will nominate is) only interested in serving on one of the committees?
Don’t worry, there’s a check box for that.

I would like to serve but I am on a limited budget. Will committee members be reimbursed for expenses?
Committee members may request reimbursement for mileage and/or child care for any in-person committee or subcommittee meetings.

Is there a full description of the work the two committees will engage in as well as a timeline for the process?
Indeed there is! The link may be found on the diocesan home page at

Other questions?
Please be in touch with the Rev. Maria Hoecker, President of the Standing Committee, at


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