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tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

Jubilee Ministry – A Primer

By Rev. Shirley Bowen, Executive Director/Chaplain Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Biddeford During last week’s Diocesan Convention a great question was asked from the floor, and from several individuals along the way, “What are the Jubilee Centers?” Could you answer the question? Did you know we have three in the Diocese of Maine? Here is…

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For now, it is enough

by the Rev. Shirley Bowen, Executive Director and Chaplain Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Biddeford an update from Maine’s Mission Enterprise Zone Bishop Stephen Lane and Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant with the sculpture Thanks to the generosity of a colleague from Christ Episcopal Church in East Norwalk, CT, a very special visitor came to Seeds…

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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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Letting go leads to rebirth in Biddeford

The Rev. Shirley Bowen, executive director of the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center housed at Christ Church in Biddeford, tells a great story. Check out her article featured in the August edition of Vestry Papers. She describes the transformation made by the people of  Christ Church in becoming a ministry-centered neighborhood center with the Baptismal Covenant…

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