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St. Luke’s Cathedral

Environmental stewardship takes center stage at General Convention

by Sarah Braik Eco-justice/Creation Care Team Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland In a 2012 TED talk, climate Scientist James Hansen stated that humanity’s current use of fossil fuel is equivalent “to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima bombs per day, 365 days per year” in terms of the energy the Earth is absorbing each day. I hope you…

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Deputy of the Day – John Hennessy

As a first-time deputy to General Convention with the privilege of serving on the Standing Committee for Program, Budget & Finance (PB&F), I really had no idea what to expect from the two-week experience. It appeared to be serendipitous given my work history with the Appropriations Committee in the Maine legislature. My focus at convention,…

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Deputy of the Day – the Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh

Our opening prayer today was a reflection on the Zulu greeting, Sawubona, which means, “I see you.” It was the message we shouted in English and Spanish to women held in the Hutto Detention Center on Sunday and is a theme that has been repeated again and again. A corollary to “I see you” is…

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Ash Wednesday stories from beyond our church doors

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, clergy and lay people in ten Maine communities shared the start of the Lenten season with their neighbors by offering Ashes to Go on street corners, along the road, and in the public square. Tim Higgins, the rector of St. Ann’s in Windham, was joined by Deacons Wendy Rozene and…

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Ashes to Go in nine communities across Maine

On Wednesday, March 1, a group of Episcopal clergy, including Maine Bishop the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, will take the traditional Ash Wednesday practice of the imposition of ashes from inside of church buildings out to the people on the streets of Portland, Rockland, Bath, Waterville, Windham, Brunswick, Winthrop, Wilton, and Farmington. Started by…

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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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Bishop Steve’s welcome to Convention: “This will be a good time.”

Deputy of the Day – Ben Shambaugh

by the Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland General Convention Begins Here we are. After two days of travel, orientation, committee meetings and training, our people, our iPads, and even some of resolutions are ready.   Today – Thursday –  General convention officially begins. General Convention is the legislative and chief…

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Deputy of the Day – Anna Foster

Today’s Deputy of the Day is a member of the Official Youth Presence at General Convention. Anna Foster, a member of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, and a recent graduate of South Portland High School, is one of 18 young people from across The Episcopal Church chosen through a competitive process to be involved in…

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Presiding Bishop’s celebrates with the people of Saint Mary’s, Falmouth, on their 125th anniversary

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, visited the Diocese of Maine over the weekend. On Saturday about 165 people from across the diocese gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland for her talk about “Change and the Church” and to engage in a town hall-style question…

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