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Faith in Action: Maine Advocacy Days, March 27 & 28

Maine Episcopalians are invited to gather with people of faith from across the state for a first-ever training in Augusta on March 27 and 28. “Faith in Action: Maine Interfaith Advocacy Days,” sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches, Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, and Preble Street Faith Action Network, is designed to bring people…

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A virtual pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel in five conversations

Last October a group of 20 Maine Episcopalians from a dozen congregations traveled to Israel and Palestine for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In addition to the holy sites, they had the opportunity to hear from many people involved in working for peace and dealing with circumstances resulting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine….

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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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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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Maine’s Committee on Indian Relations goes to school

by the Rev. Ted Kanellakis Committee on Indian Relations On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Diocesan Committee on Indian Relations hosted an event at the Penobscot Nation’s, Indian Island School. Forty-one people attended the three hour program. It was an introduction and exposure to the school facility with presentations on culture, art, history, language and education…

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March 12 Workshop: Engaging in Public Life as Christians

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice invites Maine Episcopalians to faith-based advocacy workshop at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. “Engaging in Public Life as Christians: A Faith-Based Advocacy Workshop,”  will offer four interactive sessions. Topics include: examining assumptions about the relationship between religion and democracy,…

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Learning to listen in Brunswick

by Deacon Chick Carroll St. Paul’s, Brunswick  The Gathering Place volunteer Have you ever been in a place that didn’t feel right? Perhaps not safe, maybe unfriendly. Or possibly it was okay, but you felt unwelcome? Like it was a little “off” for you. Or how about someplace where you felt you just didn’t know…

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