The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

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Ash Wednesday stories from beyond our church doors

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, clergy and lay people in ten Maine communities shared the start of the Lenten season with their neighbors by offering Ashes to Go on street corners, along the road, and in the public square. Tim Higgins, the rector of St. Ann’s in Windham, was joined by Deacons Wendy Rozene and…

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Ashes to Go in nine communities across Maine

On Wednesday, March 1, a group of Episcopal clergy, including Maine Bishop the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, will take the traditional Ash Wednesday practice of the imposition of ashes from inside of church buildings out to the people on the streets of Portland, Rockland, Bath, Waterville, Windham, Brunswick, Winthrop, Wilton, and Farmington. Started by…

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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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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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