The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

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Ashes-to-Go in Portland: bearing the sacred amidst the secular

On Ash Wednesday, several Portland-area priests, a lay person, and a deacon-in-formation took, as one priest describes it, “the sacred to the secular” by spending several hours in full vestments at Monument Square in downtown Portland and at Post Office Park in the Old Port.  Over the course of the day, they offered Ashes-to-Go to…

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Six minutes with Diana Butler Bass: Does the Church have a future?

Church historian and author Diana Butler Bass talks about her new book, Christianity After Religion. In this short Day 1 segment, she talks about Bishop Jeff Lee of the Diocese of Chicago taking “Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday to the busy street corners of his city and the surprising response of the people he…

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Bishop Lane reports from Program, Budget, & Finance

This week Bishop Lane spent time first at The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and then  at the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget, & Finance (PB&F) in his role as Co-Chair.  That’s the body responsible for presenting the 2013-2015 budget to General Convention in July.  He writes about it in his blog: This is my…

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Back to Church Sunday: September 18…Invite Someone

Watch this super-inviting video. Share it widely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze5nCEmiamQ&feature=player_embedded

Bishop Steve reflects on the House of Bishops meeting

Since returning home, I’ve reflected a bit on the bishops’ time together. It seems to me that part of what it made it feel so jam-packed was that what we were discussing – ministry with young adults and conversations with Islam – is so very challenging. Our assumptions about the value of the church are…

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Ash Wednesday Two-fer: A video message from Bishop Steve and the Mission Priorities Study Group White Paper and Recommendations

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC2Kcb3oPrI&fs=1&hl=en_US] Also today on this Ash Wednesday, after more than a year of work, the Mission Priorities Study Group has released its White Paper and Recommendations for members of the Diocese of Maine to read, consider and comment upon. Please read, consider and comment upon it here. Last week the Mission Strategy Study Group…

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the Mission Strategy White Paper hits the street

For nearly 18 months members of the Mission Strategy Study Group (and its counterpart, the Mission Priorities Study Group) have been at work gathering information, listening to people from across the Diocese of Maine, and thinking and praying about recommendations for change that – if implemented – will allow our 65 congregations to grow and…

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