The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Faith Development

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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Spring Training 2016 – Becoming members of The Jesus Movement

Bishop Steve Lane invites Maine Episcopalians to a diocesan education day called Spring Training 2016 to be held on Saturday, April 9, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick. Three sessions will offer a 20 workshops in areas such as spiritual growth, formation, music, public policy advocacy, church leadership, conflict mediation and more. We’ll pause…

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Bishopswood needs our help to open its doors in 2016

Estimates are in and the comprehensive Bishopswood septic system will cost $185,000. As Bishop Lane says in his letter to friends of our diocesan camp: Read it here “Now is the time to make a gift toward this project. I have committed diocesan resources so that contracts can be made and work can begin, but…

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Creating a sheltered center with Ashes to Go

On Ash Wednesday, February 18, Maine churches offered dozens of services to mark the beginning of the season of Lent with the imposition of ashes. In five locations around the state, clergy and lay people shared God’s love with people they encountered on a street corner or in a parking lot. All those who took…

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One week: five offerings

Learn about the struggles of daily life in people in Gaza… Navigate the intricacies of filling out the Parochial Report… Join a spirited conversation covering strategic thinking in Maine churches… Share your stories (or learn more) about Godly Play… Between Thursday, February 5, and Thursday, February 12, the Diocese of Maine will offer five events…

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Seriously grown-ups: these kids can pray you under the table

By Liz Graves St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor “Who knows how the awareness of God’s love first hits people?” Frederick Buechner wrote. “Some moment happens in your life that you say yes, right to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen.” When high school teens and adults…

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Super affordable Godly Play training comes to Maine

Join people from churches all over our diocese for a weekend of exploring spirituality of children at Godly Play training on June 27-29.  It will also be a spiritual experience for you! A large, one-time grant from the diocesan New Initiatives Fund enables us to have three nationally-known trainers and to reduce the usual $295 fee down…

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Dream Teams: a new discernment option for lay people

by Darreby Ambler Grace Church, Bath “The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  – Frederick Buechner Back when my husband Michael Ambler was considering ordination, a wonderful thing happened to him: his discernment group. Here was a kindly disposed group of people on his side,…

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Diocesan Council awards three New Initiative Fund grants

At its February 1 meeting at St. Martin’s in Palmyra, Diocesan Council considered grant applications for the 2014 New Initiative Fund and made three awards. In its fourth year, the NIF program awards Maine congregations with funding for start-up ministries or new programs within existing ministries. Funds come from two sources: $10,000 from the 2014…

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Mainers learn about “life-wide” learning at national conference

by Emily Ainsworth Keniston Director of Christian Education St. Ann’s, Windham Change has been abundant in the Diocese of Maine recently. Many programs have been scaled back, jobs have been dissolved or reshaped, and many have felt the pinch of “going without” services they have previously enjoyed. It’s been a difficult time for many, but…

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