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A virtual pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel in five conversations

Last October a group of 20 Maine Episcopalians from a dozen congregations traveled to Israel and Palestine for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In addition to the holy sites, they had the opportunity to hear from many people involved in working for peace and dealing with circumstances resulting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine….

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Tracing the steps of Jesus: past, present, and future

by Judy Smart Grace Church, Bath In late fall, 18 Episcopalians from 11 Maine congregations* (and one adopted from the Diocese of Oregon) joined the co-leaders, the Rev. Bob and Maurine Tobin, on a pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine. The purpose of the trip was twofold: to walk in the footsteps of Jesus (the past)…

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Photo albums from your Maine Pilgrims

Twenty-one intrepid pilgrims from 11 Episcopal congregations across Maine have learned and experienced a great deal in the first two days. More storytelling to come, but, considering our non-stop schedule, please check out our photo albums for now. These albums are open to the public. You don’t need a Facebook account to view them. Maine…

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Take me to the river

by Heidi Shott Canon for Communication and Advocacy Mid-way through my recent journey to Jordan, our band of religion writers arrived at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site where early believers and pilgrims marked the place of Jesus’ baptism. Many archeological studies have confirmed the veracity of the claim, and the Bible tells us that…

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Whelmed in the city of compassion

by Heidi Shott Canon for Communication and Advocacy Many years ago a wise woman – named Esther – introduced the notion of “whelmed” to me. She posited that it was possible to be not overwhelmed, not underwhelmed, but simply whelmed – full to the brim. Upon waking on this third morning in Amman, that’s exactly…

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Why me, Lord?

by Heidi Shott Canon for Communication and Advocacy Of late I’ve been posing a question that was once asked by the venerable 20th Century theologian and Rhodes scholar, Kris Kristofferson. “Why Me, Lord?” It’s not that I’m facing some Sunday-Morning-Coming-Down existential crisis, far from it. It’s that I’m a slightly mystified as to why I’m…

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St. Paul’s youth journey to Dominican Republic deeply affecting

After nearly two years of discernment and planning, four St. Paul’s high school youth (all seniors) and three leaders boarded a plane on February 12 to embark on pilgrimage to Dominican Republic. There they volunteered with Outreach 360 in Montecristi near the northwest Haitian border. Youth included Ally Collins, Cedric Hipkins, Markis Larrivee and Joanna…

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Mainer find common threads of faith at national workshop

by Elizabeth Barker Ring Diocesan Ecumenical Officer Last week I attended the National Workshop on Christian Unity and Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers Annual Meeting. This year we worked with both our desire for visible unity as Christians and our collegial relationships with other religions. Our Ecumenical work centers on making our Christian unity…

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Maine eyewitness to Gaza

by Maurine and the Rev. Robert Tobin St. Brendan’s, Deer Isle [Al Ahli Arab Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, was the recipient of this year’s Diocese of Maine Millennium Development Goal funding . The annual donation, which represents 0.07% of diocesan annual income, totalled $13,000. In 2013, the hospital received one-half…

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Bishop Lane urges prayer and support for the Middle East

Dear Friends in Christ, Here in Maine we are moving into deep summer. The temptation for all of us is to enjoy the sun and the breeze and to turn away from the painful pictures of war and devastation in Gaza and Iraq. The war between Israel and Hamas and the attack of ISIS on the…

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