Please note that we will not be able to make any revisions to delegations past October 20th. Beyond that date, any changes will be handled at Convention. This is usually fairly simple, but it does require the priest or senior warden (if you are in a congregation without a priest) to be present to sign the official change certificate. Make sure you allow sufficient time in the morning to make changes. If you have an emergency after Thursday, October 26th, please contact Barbara Martin at 650-6070. No one will be available in the office.
I’d like to host a workshop or have a display table at Convention. Who can help me?
"On the Road Together: Taking Time, Watching for God, Showing Mercy"
Treasurer of the Diocese - Mr. Richard Rozene, St. Ann's, Windham
Standing Committee - Clerical member (one year term) - The Rev. Maria Hoecker, St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor
Standing Committee - Clerical member (three year term) - The Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh, St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland
Standing Committee - Lay (member three year term) - Mr. Bruce Dalbeck, Trinity, Portland
Disciplinary Board - Clerical member - The Rev. Craig Hacker, St. Peter's, Bridgton
Disciplinary Board - Lay member - Ms Patricia Ryan, St. Paul's, Brunswick
Provincial Synod - Lay Deputy - No election
Resolution #1 (Substitute) Constitutional Amendment regarding Diocesan Convention first reading - adopted
Resolution #2 Lay Delegate Formula revision first reading - adopted as presented
Resolutions #3 Changes to how Deputies to the Provincial Synod are selected - adopted as amended
Resolved that Canon 12 of the Canons of the Diocese of Maine be amended as follows:
CANON 12 Of Deputies to the Provincial Synod
Section 1. Every two years, one clerical deputy and one lay alternate deputy to the Provincial Synod may be elected by the Annual Convention for a term of two years; and in the intervening years, one Lay Deputy and one Clerical Alternate Deputy to the Provincial Synod may be elected for a term of two years.
Section 2. If the Annual Convention does not elect either or both of the deputies or alternate deputies in any year as provided in Section 1, or if any deputy office becomes vacant during the term thereof, the persons serving from time to time as First Clerical Deputy, Second Clerical Deputy, First Lay Deputy, and Second Lay Deputy to the House of Deputies of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church from the Diocese of Maine shall serve ex officio in the vacant office as the Clerical Deputy, Alternate Clerical Deputy, Lay Deputy, and Alternate Lay Deputy, respectively, to the Provincial Synod from the Diocese of Maine.
Resolution #4 Lay Compensation for 2015 - adopted as presented
Resolution #5 Clergy Compensation for 2015 - adopted as presented
Resolution #6 To amend the Statement of Investment Objectives Guidelines of the Trustees of Diocesan Funds - defeated
Resolution #7 To prohibit investment of diocesan funds in five U.S. corporations - defeated
With both sadness and thanksgiving, resolutions were passed by Convention which allowed three congregations to be closed: St. Luke's, Caribou; St. Anne's, Mars Hill; and St. Stephen the Martyr, Waterboro.
The proposed 2015 budget was passed as presented.
A full story on Convention will be published early next week in the diocesan news blog, the New Northeast, at newnortheast.me.
OFFICIAL NOTICE is hereby given, in accordance with Canon Six, Section 1, of the Diocese of Maine that the 195th Annual Convention of the Diocese will assemble, God willing, at the University of Maine Presque Isle, Presque Isle, Maine on Friday, October 24, 2014 and Saturday, October 25, 2014.
/s/ MR. ALAN SHAVER
Secretary of the Diocese
7 May 2014
This required certificate must be submitted by the Rector or Priest-in-Charge, or if there isn't one, Senior Warden or Clerk of the Vestry. If you have changes, please email for the revision form. The deadline for priests to submit a revision certificate is September 26th. Convention registration will be open until October 1st to allow alternates time to complete their order. Unavoidable changes that happen after the revision deadline/after registration is closed will be attended to at convention.
- Debate and vote on resolutions that come before Convention
- Elect Diocesan Officers
- Adopt a 2015 diocesan budget
6. Expenses for congregations/delegates to pay:
- Mileage to and from Convention
- Cost of some meals and hotel room
All area representatives elected to a two year term for Council this fall will be members of the laity. Each of the eight areas of the Diocese of Maine will elect a representative at their pre-convention hearing in September or October. Dates/times and locations of pre-convention hearings for each area can be accessed here. To learn even more about Council (meeting minutes and more) visit the Diocesan Council page.
Area 2 - Sun 9/28 4-6pm; St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth
Area 3 - Wed 10/1 5:30-7:30pm; St. John's, Bangor
Area 4- Tue 9/30 6:30-8:30pm; Christ Church, Norway
Area 5 - Wed 10/1 6:30-8:30pm; St. Mark's, Waterville
Area 6 - Sun 9/28 4-6pm; St. John Baptist, Thomaston
Area 7 - Mon 9/29 6:30-8:30pm; St. Mary the Virgin, Falmouth
Area 8 - Sun 9/28 4:30-6:30pm; St. David's, Kennebunk
There will also be one online hearing scheduled for those unable to vote/attend at their area hearing:
Online Hearing - Wed 10/8 7:30-9:30pm
Join the WebEx Virtual Pre-Convention Hearing through this link here. Please email Heidi Shott at in advance if you plan on joining this hearing as the meeting is limited to 23 people.
Resolutions for consideration by the 195th Convention of the Diocese of Maine needed to be received by Monday, September 1, 2014, in order to be included in the Convention booklet. (See additional resolutions fo forfeiture of union of three congregations not printed in the booklet, to be considered from the floor here.) Resolutions emerge from the life of the diocese and for the purpose of addressing the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Maine. The role of resolutions is to guide the mission and administrative life of the diocese between Conventions. Debate on resolutions is governed by parliamentary rules.
Any delegate or group of delegates of a parish or mission, or a member of a recognized diocesan body may propose a resolution. It is imperative that the spokesperson for each resolution attend the Resolutions Committee hearing on Friday morning, October 24, 2014 in Presque Isle and be available for questions and clarification at Convention when the resolution is being considered.
- Resolutions must be titled and include the name of the submitting person/body.
- Standard Resolution language is required using "Resolved" clauses.
- The "Resolved" section must clearly indicate:
The kind of action required and who is to perform the action;
What results are expected and when;
The method of reporting the results to whomever should be accountable;
The source and amount of funding if money will be necessary to accomplish the resolution’s purpose.
- A short explanation section may follow the "Resolves."
- Resolutions are numbered in the order that they are received in at the Diocesan Office.
- Resolutions may be considered out of numerical order during Convention.
- The Resolutions Committee will review the resolution to ensure that it is in proper order prior to printing in the Convention booklet.
3. Teens in high school through age 20 can apply to be among the eight Diocesan Youth Representatives who will sit with their congregations and serve with voice, not vote at convention. The application deadline was September 15th. For more information, please contact .
The Rev. John Balicki, St. Mark's, Waterville, Chair; Mr. Jason Briggs, Trinity, Saco; The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, St. Paul's, Brunswick; Mr. Christopher Glass, St. Thomas', Camden; The Rev. Kevin Kinsey, Aroostook Cluster; Ms. Barbara Martin, Diocesan Staff Liason; Mr. Doug Reighley, St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth; The Rev. Aaron Perkins, St. George's, York Harbor; The Rev. Lynn Rutledge, Christ Church, Eastport; Mr. Mark Spahr, St. Patrick's, Brewer; Mr. Jack Swanton, St. Philip's, Wiscasset; The Rev. Virginia Urbanek, Church of the Good Shepherd, Houlton
Responsibilities of Convention Delegates
1. In advance of Convention, review materials and be prepared to discuss and vote on business to come before Convention
• Debate and vote on resolutions
• Elect Diocesan Officers
• Adopt a 2019 diocesan budget
4. Abide by the Rules of Order adopted by Convention
5. Report back to your congregation the election results, actions taken by Convention on resolutions, and share the Bishop’s Address
6. Expenses for congregations or delegates (depending on what your congregation decides) to pay:
• Mileage to and from Convention
• Cost of some meals and hotel room (if necessary)
Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)
1) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.
2) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.
3) Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry
4) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.
5) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.
6) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.
7) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.
Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, 2013
The Rev. Calvin Sanborn, St. George's, York Harbor
The Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland
The Rev. Nina Pooley, St. Bart's, Yarmouth
Richard Rozene, St. Ann's, Windham
Brenda Hamilton, St. Andrew's, Newcastle
Elizabeth Ring, St. Bart's, Yarmouth
The Rev. Michael Ambler, Grace Church, Bath
The Rev. Levering Sherman, St. Andrew's, Millinocket, and St. Thomas', Winn
The Rev. Timothy Fleck, St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, St. Andrew & St. John, Southwest Harbor
Dan Summers, St. George's, York Harbor
Rita Redfield, St. Andrew and St. John, Southwest Harbor