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Immigration Advocacy Resources for Episcopalians 

stevensonBelow are resources and links from the January 2017 webinar sponsored by the Episcopal Public Policy Network and Episcopal Migration Ministries.

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Immigration Advocacy Webinar Recording:




Resources for Action:

Call your to elected officials (sample script & number): 

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Apply for United Thank Offering Grant 

Report Hate: 


Resources for Learning:

Policy for Action (all Episcopal Church policies) PocEWf9Lpbg/OGR%20Policy%20for%20Action%202016.pdf  

En Español: http:// 

Interfaith Immigration Coalition: 

Organizations to Connect With:

United We Dream 

National Immigration Law Center 

National Farm Worker Ministry 

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry 

PICO National Network 

Episcopal Sacred Resistance-Los Angeles on Facebook- 

Take action to support refugees:

Sign a petition 

Call members of Congress 

Learn more about refugee resettlement 

Learn more about Episcopal Migration Ministries 

Stay in touch:

Dianne Aid, immigration advocate & church that has declared Sanctuary, Diocese of Olympia

Episcopal Public Policy Network Social Media: 

Facebook | @TheEPPN

Follow #FightForFamilies #RefugeesWelcome #SupportRefugees #NoBanNoWall #AmericanStories

Contact: Lacy Broemel, REFUGEE and IMMIGRATION POLICY ANALYST, Office of Government Relations | The Episcopal Church | 202-599-8601 |

March 12 Workshop: Engaging in Public Life as Christians


The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice invites Maine Episcopalians to faith-based advocacy workshop at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

“Engaging in Public Life as Christians: A Faith-Based Advocacy Workshop,”  will offer four interactive sessions. Topics include: examining assumptions about the relationship between religion and democracy, a walk through the Maine legislative process, case studies on issues that will appear on the 2016 ballot, and practical steps to engage as individuals and churches. Free refreshments and a boxed lunch!

Please find an outline of the day below.

Because attendance is limited to 40 and lunch is provided, registration is required. Please register at

Download a copy of the event flyer here, MENJ-March 12 workshop

10 a.m. – Dr. Elizabeth Parsons Elizabeth Parsons photo

Liz will examine some prevalent assumptions about the relationship between religion and democracy in the United States and propose a way of seeing the world that shows why thoughtful Christian engagement is vital to our public life.

Part 1:  Revisiting the founders’ thinking about religion and governance
Part 2:  Thinking like Anglicans in the public square today

Elizabeth C. Parsons is an educator, activist, former ECUSA missioner to Southern Africa, and a member of St. Luke’s Cathedral. She holds the M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and the Ph.D. in theology and development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She currently teaches at Boston University School of Theology. 

joanne11:15 a.m. – Joanne D’Arcangelo – Former Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House

By sharing engaging examples and defining terms, Joanne will unpack the legislative process in the Maine State House.

Joanne D’Arcangelo, owner of JD’A Consulting, an advocacy, political, and organizational consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience in public policy development, legislative advocacy, voter education, and organizational planning, coaching and support. She served as chief of staff to the Speaker of the Maine House during the 122nd Legislature.

12:15 p.m. – Working Lunch with Case Studies from the 2016 Ballot:
These sessions led by campaign leaders will show how grassroots campaigns work.

      • Gun Safety – Maine Moms Demand Action
      • Fair Wage Maine – Amy Halsted of Maine People’s Alliance

johnhennessy11 p.m. – John Hennessy

This interactive session will focus how to frame a message and narrative to demonstrate our values and how to taking action rooted in Christian practices. John will also share the scope, plans, and aspirations of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice going forward.

John Hennessy is the Director of the MENJ. He has extensive experience advocating for non-profit social service organizations in Augusta and Washington, DC. His clients have included: Maine Community Action Association, Disability Rights Center of Maine, Maine AIDS Alliance, and AARP among others. In his new role, he is eager to help organize people of faith to enable them to contribute all of their unique gifts and resources to the broader movement for justice in our state.

Space is limited, so please register today!

Liturgical Duties of a Deacon 

by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine

Deacons have specific liturgical responsibilities in the worship of the Episcopal Church that are intended to reflect their role as servants of Christ. These duties include taking the Good News of God’s love to the world (proclaiming the Gospel), bringing the concerns of the world into the church (working with others on the prayers of the people), modeling servanthood (preparing the table) and sending the people of God out to serve the world (proclaiming the dismissal). Ideally, each of these liturgical duties is matched by real world and congregational ministries.

From the ordinal: “Your are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments...”

The ordination service suggests that the primary liturgical responsibilities of the deacon are proclamation of the Gospel and prayer. The deacon assists with the preaching and the sacraments.

Leading Worship: Deacons are frequently invited in a variety of settings to lead the servants of Christ in prayer. This may be at a ministry site or with a gathering of congregants. Familiarity with the prayer services of the BCP is very helpful. Deacons may also lead Morning Prayer under the direction of the priest-in-charge. If Morning Prayer is offered regularly, licensed lay ministers should share this ministry. Deacons may preach on an occasional or regular basis.

Deacons may assist in the administration of the consecrated elements in worship. They may also take the consecrated elements to the sick and shut-in. With the Bishop’s permission and as a matter of missionary strategy, deacons may administer communion from the reserved sacrament when “the services of a priest cannot be obtained.” (BCP, 408) With the bishop’s permission, in consultation with the priest-in-charge and as a matter of pastoral judgment, deacons may officiate at weddings and burials.

Concerning blessings and anointing: Deacons may not offer God’s blessing to the people or pronounce the forgiveness of sins. Deacons may pray over people and assure them that they are loved and blessed by God.

The operational distinction regarding blessings is found in the words that are used. The priest speaks directly on behalf of God. (“The blessing of God... be upon you.” “Almighty God have mercy on you...”) In contrast, the deacon speaks of our hope. (May Almighty God grant us forgiveness...” “Almighty God have mercy on us...” “May God bless us and keep us...”) Blessings for persons at the communion rail are to be administered by the priest.

Although anointing of the sick is primarily reserved to priests, in times of necessity a deacon may anoint (BCP 455-56), particularly in their servanthood ministries outside the church.  Such anointing may be of particular concern to deacons who are hospital chaplains, hospice chaplains, nursing home chaplains, even prison chaplains.

Warning signs of the blurring or confusion of liturgical roles:

1. Liturgical duties are listed first in the deacons’ letter of agreement.

2. Deacons are expected to lead services at their assigned church on a regular basis, except as a matter of missionary strategy approved by the bishop.

3. The priest-in-charge proposes communion from the reserved sacrament rather than securing a supply priest for vacations or other absences from the parish.

4. The deacon’s liturgical duties take time away from the deacon’s servanthood ministries.

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The Role of the Deacon

by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine

The diaconate is a full and equal order in the church. Its purpose is to help the body of Christ grasp the fullness of Christ’s ministry. As the church moves from an “operational” mode of life to a “missional” mode of life, deacons will play a crucial role.

From the ordinal: “...God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely... You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship... At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.


The central concept of the diaconate is “servanthood.” Deacons are to model servanthood, by their word and example, and they are to call Christ’s people to their own servanthood in Christ’s name. Deacons are to remind us to seek and serve Christ among all people. They are the icon of Christ’s service to us and to all creation.

Such an understanding means the primary functions of deacons are to exercise their own ministries of servanthood and to recruit and train the people of God for theirs. Deacons are examples and models of servanthood. Deacons are discerners, recruiters, trainers, organizers, exhorters and pray-ers for the servanthood the baptized.

Relationship with the Bishop: Deacons serve at the direction of the bishop and the agreement  of the local priest-in-charge. Normally, deacons work in their home communities, but for good cause or missionary strategy may be moved. A letter of agreement between deacon, bishop and priest helps keep expectations, roles and time commitments clear. When a new priest arrives in the parish, all parties will work hard to establish a good working relationship and will re-draft the letter of agreement.

Pastoral care: While all Christian ministries are pastoral, i.e., they are done out of love and in response to the care we have received from our loving shepherd, the role of a deacon is not primarily pastoral - at least not within the congregation. Care for the sick in the community at large or in institutions is an honorable diaconal ministry. But care for the congregation is the responsibility of the priest-in-charge. Neither is the deacon charged with the administration of the congregation. Canon law specifically prohibits it. Administration of servanthood ministries may properly fall to the deacon. The role of the deacon in worship is to incarnate the servanthood of Christ, to represent the concerns of the world, and to assist the priest.

Warning signs of role blurring or confusion in the congregation:

1. The deacon is put in charge of pastoral care or of the pastoral visitors. The deacon might properly train and organize such persons.

2. The deacon is put in charge of worship services.
The deacon may well train lectors, organize the prayers of the people, assist in the administration of the sacraments. The deacon may also lead non-eucharistic services as part of a worship team and as part of a missionary strategy authorized by the bishop. The deacon may preach on an occasional or regular basis.

3. The deacon’s congregational duties detract from and compete with the deacon’s ministry in the community: the deacon is to make Christ known by word and example. Actions speak louder than words. The deacon’s words in the congregation should grow out of the experience of hands-on work in the community.


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