Over the next two years, Episcopalians across Maine will work with our friends in the Dioceses of Connecticut… Southwest Virginia… and East Tennessee, doing experiments in how we might join God in our neighborhoods, and coming together locally to learn from the results.
This will be exciting! We’ll have great support, from people like Dwight Zscheile (People of the Way), Alan Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder. We’ll help and learn from one another. And we’ll move step by step so that everyone can take part.
In May and October 2016, people from many congregations came to exploratory workshops.
After exploring and discerning, eleven congregations joined: St. Michael's in Auburn, St. John's in Bangor, St. Patrick's in Brewer, St. Peter's in Bridgton, St. Paul's in Brunswick, St. Aidan's in Machias, St. Andrew's in Newcastle, St. Peter's in Rockland, Trinity in Saco, St. Mark's in Waterville, and St. Andrew's in Winthrop. We are excited to have such a diverse and wonderful group of congregations. Each of them has a Guiding Team and will have a Coach from another congregation. Their clergy are in a Clergy Cohort. And a Diocesan Team will help the diocese to learn from this process.
Even if your congregation is not one of the thirteen who joined, you are welcome to use the materials if you are in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.