The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Ministry Storytelling

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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Grant opportunities from the Diocese of Maine help bridge the gap

Since 2007, the Diocese of Maine has made .07% of its income available to support international efforts and ministries that help to alleviate poverty. Any Maine congregation or program group may offer a proposal to Diocesan Council for consideration to fund an international development effort. Past grants have included the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in…

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“We must not let fear become another closet. “

by the Rev. Calvin Sanborn Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, York Harbor, Maine [Ed. Note: The Rev. Calvin Sanborn was invited to share his reaction to the Orlando shooting at a gathering earlier this week at Maine Street, a gay nightclub in Ogunquit. Pretty sure it’s where Jesus would have turned up.] Let me…

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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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Seeds of Hope: the power of belonging

by the Rev. Shirley Bowen Executive Director of Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford a Mission Enterprise Zone of The Episcopal Church On a cold March morning I joined Biddeford’s General Assistance Director to visit the home of one of our neighbors. I had contacted the neighbor the week prior to inquire about his…

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transforming ministry – moving from “you” to “we”

Musings from the Front Line of the Church by Joseph Riddick St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Augusta Epiphany 2013 Yesterday was “Super Saturday” at St. Mark’s Augusta, which meant Addie’s Attic and Everyday Basics were open and in the evening we had our Public Supper.  During the day I reflected on our bishop’s question at Diocesan…

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Different Means, Same Story

The final edition of Episcopal News Monthly, a print publication of The Episcopal Church launched just one year ago to succeed the 20 year-old publication, Episcopal Life, contains a column by the Rev. Scott Gunn, rector of Christ Church in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In “Different Means, Same Story” Scott+ writes that the communication tools we…

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