The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

The Church in a Changing World

Spring Training 2016 – Becoming members of The Jesus Movement

Bishop Steve Lane invites Maine Episcopalians to a diocesan education day called Spring Training 2016 to be held on Saturday, April 9, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick. Three sessions will offer a 20 workshops in areas such as spiritual growth, formation, music, public policy advocacy, church leadership, conflict mediation and more. We’ll pause…

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Two posts worth a look

Take a look at this blog post from July by a priest in the Diocese of Indianapolis, the Rev. Whitney Rice, published on her blog “Roof Crashers & Hem Grabbers.” “The Church is dying, and it’s the best thing that ever happened to us” She writes, “Our paradigm of success being the route to God’s…

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Discerning next steps: International Mission Trips for Maine Youth

by the Rev. Ralph Moore, Rockland As our congregations try to keep up with the rapidly widening global awareness of our society, the concept of “mission” poses as one of our most exciting challenges. A former era’s understanding of mission is difficult to overcome. We sing hymns and sometimes interpret scriptures in a way that…

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Faith-based community organizing takes root in central Maine

by the Rev. Ann Kidder For the past year and a half St. Patrick’s, Brewer, has engaged in Bishop Steve’s call for Holy Conversations through participation in Faith Linking In Action (FLIA). FLIA is the outcome of a conversation begun in November of 2012 at the offices of Food AND Medicine in Brewer. Individuals from…

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Staffing update from Bishop Lane

Dear Friends in Christ: The purpose of this letter is to update you on developments related to the new diocesan staff structure. I will try to be both brief and thorough, so please read carefully. I have now had the opportunity to talk with our current staff about the proposed staff changes and have posted…

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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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transforming ministry – moving from “you” to “we”

Musings from the Front Line of the Church by Joseph Riddick St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Augusta Epiphany 2013 Yesterday was “Super Saturday” at St. Mark’s Augusta, which meant Addie’s Attic and Everyday Basics were open and in the evening we had our Public Supper.  During the day I reflected on our bishop’s question at Diocesan…

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More news from General Convention

As General Convention enters its second to the last day a great many resolutions must still pass through one or both houses. Many of the issues that captured the most attention and energy to this point has focused on – Same-sex blessings – the Anglican Covenant – an omnibus resolution concerned with restructuring The Episcopal…

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An update from Bishop Steve on change

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Ten New Initiative Fund grants awarded by Diocesan Council

For the second year, Diocesan Council has awarded grant monies to support new ministry in Maine congregations. On Saturday, March 3, Council – a representative, elected body which serves as the “Convention between Conventions” – met at Saint Mary the Virgin Church in Falmouth.  While new working groups on leadership development, mission review, and aid…

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