The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

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Facing an uncertain future with hope

One of a few dozen Mainers to travel to Boston on Saturday, April 27, for the Climate Revival, family doctor and member of St. John’s, Bangor, Ann Holland Faulkner Sherman reflects on her journey. What is the stone rolled against the door of my heart, keeping me entombed?  It’s name is FEAR. Fear of change;…

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New England Episcopalians gather for 2013 Climate Revival

While mainline denominations don’t often hold revivals, the compelling need for people of faith to fight climate change spurred the The Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ to break new ground. On Saturday, April 27, several hundred New Englanders gathered at Old South Church and Trinity Episcopal Church for the first ever Climate…

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One Spring Saturday – Two Great Events

Once the threat of snow – well, heavy snow – departs from New England in mid-April, events start to sprout across the diocese like new grass. Two of those events, both dealing with important topics for Maine Episcopalians, will be held on Saturday, April 27. The diocesan Committee on Aging will host “Hidden from View:…

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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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A Maine Benedicite

Rediscovered in the Summer 2009 edition of The Northeast when looking for something else: The Rev. John Rafter, rector of St. Thomas, Camden, composed this canticle or benedicite for the opening of the Maine State Senate on June 2, 2009. So lovely and wonderful.  Thank you, John. O all ye works of the Lord, bless…

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Green Grants available to fund energy audits

Do you ever wonder when you turn up the heat on a Sunday morning whether your church is warming the great outdoors as well as this inside? Do you wonder if there are better, less expensive and more efficient ways of heating the water you need at church rather than 24/7? Do you ever wonder…

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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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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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The Rev. Kirkpatrick goes to Washington

by Martha Kirkpatrick Rector of St. Margaret’s, Belfast We’ve been experiencing a lot of hot and humid days here in Maine lately, and you’ve probably heard the ozone alerts on the radio. If you suffer from asthma or other breathing problems, you know how poor air quality, especially when it is combined with heat and…

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St. Matthew’s, Hallowell, helps Mainers connect to fresh, local food

A story from the people of St. Matthew’s, Hallowell, who hosted a CSA fair – Community-Supported Agriculture – yesterday by inviting nine local farmers to talk to people about buying shares of produce from their farms.  Garden fresh bounty throughout the year, supporting local farmers, without having to weed or water!  St. Matthew’s, Marge Kilkelly,…

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