The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

St. Thomas’ Camden

Six New Initiative Fund grants awarded by Diocesan Council

The New Initiative Fund  grant program marked its third year as Diocesan Council met on February 23 at St. Martin’s in Palmyra. With a total of $35,000 to allocate and nearly twice that in requests from nine congregations, members of Council took seriously the hard decisions they were asked to make by studying the 99…

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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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WWJD revisited

The Rev. John Rafter, rector of St. Thomas’, Camden, invites you to weigh in: Ten or fifteen years ago, the youth in the church I was serving then, as well as many of their friends around town, wore wristbands with the letters WWJD, short for What Would Jesus Do? As you may know, WWJD was a…

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