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Holy Week Witness liturgy to be used in Washington, D.C. available to all

On Monday, March 25, the bishops of the Diocese of Connecticut will lead those gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square, near the White House, in walking the way of the cross between the White House and the Capitol as a way to stand witness to the spread of gun violence. They say:…

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Kudos to Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopalians can be proud of our relief and development organization, Episcopal Relief & Development, which was named this month, along with Doctors Without Borders, as one of the two top-rated charities working in international relief by Consumer Reports. Episcopal Relief & Development is also listed as a four-star organization (top rating) at Charity Navigator, a…

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Serve the wider church – submit a nomination by August 1

Expand the Diocese of Maine’s voice across The Episcopal Church! Nominate yourself for one of the bodies that conducts the work of the Church between General Conventions.  With terms expiring at the end of General Convention, only three members of the Diocese of Maine* will serve the wider church in the next triennium unless you…

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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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Follow the news from General Convention

The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church July 5 – 12 – Indianapolis, Indiana Maine Bishop Steve Lane and your clergy and lay deputies are busy with all things General Convention. This is Day 5: There are lots and lots of ways to follow along. We invite you to join us! Bishop Steve’s daily…

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Bishop Stephen T. Lane’s Pastoral Letter

This morning a pastoral letter by Bishop Lane was read in each Maine congregation. The letter outlines the issues facing the Episcopal Church and the people in Maine later this year regarding the Anglican Covenant and the blessings of same-gender relationships, both of which will come before the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in…

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Bishop Lane reports from Program, Budget, & Finance

This week Bishop Lane spent time first at The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and then  at the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget, & Finance (PB&F) in his role as Co-Chair.  That’s the body responsible for presenting the 2013-2015 budget to General Convention in July.  He writes about it in his blog: This is my…

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Christmas Eve service on CBS

CBS will broadcast the Christmas Eve service at General Seminary in New York.  Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach.  Watch or tape at 11:35 p.m. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqjrZ79twEk&sns=fb]

House of Bishops issues a pastoral teaching on the environment

Yesterday the Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Province IX, in Quito, Ecuador, issued a Pastoral Teaching on the environment. It says, in part: Affirming the biblical witness to God’s abiding and all-encompassing love for creation, we recognize that we cannot separate ourselves as humans from the rest of the created order. The creation…

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New clergy disciplinary process takes effect today

Bishop Steve writes to clergy in Maine today – Dear Sisters and Brothers, The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church completely revised Canon Title IV, which sets forth disciplinary procedures for clergy. The revision sets expectations and standards for clergy behavior and makes “amendment of life and reconciliation” part of every disciplinary proceeding. To…

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