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Discerning next steps: International Mission Trips for Maine Youth

by the Rev. Ralph Moore, Rockland As our congregations try to keep up with the rapidly widening global awareness of our society, the concept of “mission” poses as one of our most exciting challenges. A former era’s understanding of mission is difficult to overcome. We sing hymns and sometimes interpret scriptures in a way that…

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International Partnerships, continued: Maine 2 Mityana Mission

By the Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw “What’s the use?  Isn’t Africa a bottomless pit of need?”  By some measures, Uganda doesn’t seem to have come very far since independence 50 years ago.  But the Church of Uganda is leading the way in addressing the spiritual, educational, economic, and medical needs of Uganda’s growing population….

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More news from General Convention

As General Convention enters its second to the last day a great many resolutions must still pass through one or both houses. Many of the issues that captured the most attention and energy to this point has focused on – Same-sex blessings – the Anglican Covenant – an omnibus resolution concerned with restructuring The Episcopal…

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Mainers blessed by the Latin Experience

The Rev. Gail Chandler, deacon at St. David’s, Kennebunk, and Dr. Richard Rasner, deacon in formation from St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, traveled with eight others to the Diocese of Dominican Republic in June.  Dick’s article about the trip is published in the latest edition of “diakoneo,” the newsletter of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. …

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Support for Horn of Africa famine victims focuses on Somalian refugees in Kenya

From Episcopal Relief & Development: The food shortage is the consequence of a sustained drought that is said to be the worst in more than 50 years. Reports indicate that over 800,000 people have fled Somalia as a result, many seeking refuge in the neighboring countries of Kenya and Ethiopia. In response to the developing…

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Update: Horrific news from South Sudan

UPDATE: Evidence of mass grave site near Episcopal Church in Sudan compound Just last week, connecting through Boulis Kodi, a leader in Portland’s Sudanese community and a member of of Trinity Church, Portland, Bishop Lane spoke with Bishop Elnail by telephone to offer our prayers for the people in the Kordofan region. Excerpt from Episcopal…

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Bishops advocate for Jerusalem bishop denied a residency permit

From Episcopal News Service – Following the March 25 – 30 meeting of the House of Bishops, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the house have written letters requesting support for Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, who has been denied the customary residency permit allowing him to live in Jerusalem. Jefferts Schori’s letter is…

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From the Bishop of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai

From the Rt. Rev. John Hiromichi Kato of the Diocese of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK) or the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan. Bishop Kato was in Bishop Steve’s daily small group at the Lambeth Conference in 2008. What we are experiencing in our city does not compare to what we have seen…

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From the Archbishop of Japan

More about how to help from Episcopal Relief & Development From the Archbishop of Japan “There is particular concern for two churches: Isoyama St Peter’s Church in Fukushima Prefecture and Kamaishi Shinai Church and the kindergarten in Iwate that were close to the sea. Priests have been frantically trying to confirm that their parishioners are safe….

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Prayers and support for the people of Japan

Update:  3/14/11 More about how to help from Episcopal Relief & Development From the Archbishop of Japan “There is particular concern for two churches: Isoyama St Peter’s Church in Fukushima Prefecture and Kamaishi Shinai Church and the kindergarten in Iwate that were close to the sea. Priests have been frantically trying to confirm that their parishioners…

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