The 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
"Dirigo: On Christ the Solid Rock" First Corinthians 10:4
Saturday, October 26, 2019
University of Southern Maine, Portland 9:00am
Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland at 3:00pm
ALL ARE INVITED!
Please click the links in the Table of Contents below to view.
Here's what convention-goers need to know/have before October 26th:
Here's other useful information:
The Bishop's Address and the Seating of Bishop Brown will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke
following the portion of convention at USM.
DRAFT agenda below:
Doors Open; Check-in Begins; Breakfast Available
Call to Order
Dismissed to Cathedral for Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine (Shuttle will be available)
Eucharist; Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine at the Cathedral; Bishop's Address
Convention Adjourned (Shuttle back to USM available)
A copy of the full agenda will be provided to everyone attending when they check-in at USM.
Vote and voice at Convention are granted to all canonically-resident clergy, priests-in-charge of congregations in the diocese, and elected, certified lay delegates. Read what the constitution and canons have to say applying ot lay delegates to convention here.
What are the responsiblities of lay delegates?
1. In advance of Convention, review materials and be prepared to discuss and vote on business to come before Convention
3. Attend Convention
• Debate and vote on resolutions
• Elect Diocesan officers and representatives
• Adopt a 2019 diocesan budget
4. Abide by the Rules of Order adopted by Convention (Rules will be posted here when available.)
5. Report back to your congregation the election results, actions taken by Convention on resolutions, and share the Bishop’s Address
6. Cover the expenses outlined below (paid either by congregations or delegates, depending on what your congregation decides):
• Mileage to and from Convention
• Cost of registration fee for Convention (includes meals)
• Cost of hotel room if necessary
Questions? Consult answers to FAQ's here.
Are you a priest or senior warden/clerk who needs to make a change to the certified delegation that the diocese has on file? Please contact Teresa Pinney before the deadline for such changes, October 18th. All changes after that date will be made on the floor of convention.
Items making up the electronic Convention Folder will be posted and updated here as they become available.
Materials will also be emailed directly to delegates and clergy on or by Tuesday, October 22nd.
Much of convention will be projected, but if you wish to have a copy of the documents below, please print or download them to your charged device to have on hand. (Copies of the starred items will be provided. Look for these in the packet of materials you receive when you check in at convention.)
Proposed Resolutions - the Resolutions Committee is finalizing revision language; will be posted soon
| DIOCESAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Diocesan Council is a decision-making body of the Diocese of Maine comprised of two elected members from each of the eight diocesan Areas
. Clergy members are elected to a two year term in odd years and lay members are elected for a two year term in even years. In 2019, we are electing clergy members and elections will take place on October 26th in Portland at Diocesan Convention.
Diocesan Council serves as our “Convention between Conventions.” Council meets four times each year - at least one meeting is an overnight (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon) in May and December and a Saturday meeting in February and September. Read more about Diocesan Council here.
Below is a list of counties associated with each Area and names of nominees. Full bios in order by Area and then in the order received have been published. See Convention Folder above:
Area 1 – Aroostook - The Rev. Ginny Urbanek Area 2 – Hancock/Washington - no nominations Area 3 – Piscataquis/Penobscot - The Rev. Ann McAlhany Area 4 – Franklin/Oxford/Androscoggin - The Rev. Nancy Moore Area 5 – Kennebec/Somerset - The Rev. John Balicki Area 6 – Sagadahoc/Lincoln/Knox/Waldo - The Rev. Peter Jenks Area 7 – Cumberland - no nominations Area 8 – York - The Rev. Gail Chandler
Nominations for inclusion in the Convention Folder have closed. Voting will take place in Area caucuses at Convention.
ARRIVING AT USM ABROMSOM CENTER AND PARKING
Park at USM's Abromson Center
(88 Bedford Street) in Portland in the Portland Parking Garage. Entrance into the garage is on Surrenden Street.
The Center has recently changed its parking system. While parking will be free, there may be a ticket dispensed. Please stay tuned for exact instructions.
From the garage, you will want to enter the "First Floor Abromson Center" on floor labeled "C1". If you have trouble with stairs, elevators are available. The Convention Registration desk will be located on the first floor just outside of Hannaford Hall where convention will be seated. Registration and breakfast opens at 7:45am. Please note that the center itself does not open the doors much earlier than our start time. Last year, early-arriving attendees were "locked" out of both the garage and center.
TRAVELING TO EUCHARIST AT THE CATHEDRAL & PARKING OPTIONS
After voting concludes, we will reconvene at St. Luke's Cathedral
, 143 State Street, Portland for the Seating of Bishop Brown and Eucharist.
Buses will be available to take people from USM and back at the conclusion of Convention. Cars can remain parked in the garage.
Where to board shuttles: Please exit the Abromson Center from the lobby's front door. Guests who need assitance boarding should proceed to the VIP bus directly in front as you exit. Other guests are asked to turn right after exiting the building in the front, and to continue down the brick walkway to board the buses from Custom Coach that will be lined up on the sideof the Abromson Center.
Ride Service or Taxi
You may also choose to use Uber or Lyft or a cab. Again, cars can remain parked in the garage.
Walking to or from is a good alternative! It's 1.2 miles and takes you through the lovely Deering Oaks Park. Walking directions here
If you choose to travel in your own vehicle, keep in mind that parking can be challenging. The circle in front of the Cathedral and the Cathedral lot will not be available. If you choose this option, please consider carpooling.
There is a parking garage at 45 Spring St. (next to the Civic Center with entrances on Spring St and Free St) is $3/hr. It is .04 miles (an 8-minute walk) from the Cathedral.
The Holiday Inn by the Bay parking garage at 60 Spring Street is slightly closer and cheaper but may have limited parking due to their hotel guests.
The Gateway Garage at 181 High Street (next to the Westin) is a few blocks from the Cathedral but may be full. No cash is accepted. $26/day.
| ELECTION OF DIOCESAN LEADERS
Nominations for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine to be included in the Convention Folder closed on September 9, 2019.
The open diocesan positions, terms, and names of nominees are listed below, by office, in the order received. Full bios are published in this 2019 Nominations document
which is also posted in the Convention Folder
General Convention Deputies for 2021 (4 Lay/4 Clerical); Clerical - Rev. Nathan Ferrell; Rev. Claudia Smith; Rev. Nina Pooley, Very Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh; Ven. Aaron Perkins; Rev. Lisa Fry; Rev. Maria Hoecker; Rev. Calvin Sanborn Lay - Ms. Sarah Braik; Mr. Mark Spahr; Mr. Richard Rozene; Ms. Susan Mayer; Mr. Ben Cooke -nomination withdrawn; Ms. Elizabeth Hall
Two hearings are held in advance of the convention to allow parishioners and clergy to learn about business to come before convention including the 2020 diocesan budget. Meeting dates below.
Registration prior to convention is required for all clergy, delegates and guests planning to attend. Read Bishop Brown's welcome letter and invitation to register here
Closes Oct. 18th
Please note: after October 18th, any late registrations or changes to delegations will be handled on the day of Convention at the Registrar's table.
For a list of answers to FAQ's about registration click here
Resolutions for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine are listed below.
The text of all the resolutions will be posted in the electronic Convention Folder
above when the Resolutions Committee has completed revisions in language.
1 Clergy Compensation for 2020
2 Lay Compensation for 2020
3 Decriminalizing Individual Drug Use and Possession
4 Groundwater as a Public Trust -withdrawn
5 Faith-Based Community Solar Farms
6 Ending Gun Violence
7 End Child Separation and Family Detention at the US Border
8 Support Episcopal Youth Ministry Relationship with Diocese of South Dakota
9 Support for Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
10 Forfeiture of Union: Church of the Advent, Limestone
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| SEATING OF THE BISHOP / WORSHIP
USM ~ Morning & Noonday Prayers
Worship that takes place at USM will be projected. An offertory for UTO will be collected at the Registrar's table at USM. Bring your UTO box or donation and leave it with the Registrar.
Cathedral ~ Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine 3:00pm
The entire diocese is invited to the cathedral for worship at 3:00pm. The liturgy will include the formal installation of Bishop Brown in the cathedra, the chair reserved for the bishop. Bishop Brown's convention address will be delivered during this worship service. All are invited to this occasion to praise God and proclaim our unity as a diocesan community. Every congregation is encouraged to drop off their parish’s banner (if they have one), to encourage singers to join the choir that day, to send acolytes, and to emphasize that this part of the convention is for everybody. Here's how to do those things:
- Banners: Please drop off your parish banner at the Cathedral between 7:30 and 8:30am on Sat. Oct. 26th. Someone will meet you at the Tower Doors adjacent to the circle in front of the church so there's no need to park. Questions? Please email Lisle Blind.
- Singers: Anyone who wishes to join the choir, should sign up using this form. Rehearsal will be on Sat. Oct. 26 at 1:30pm in the Nave. Please bring your vestments or robes. If you have questions, please be in touch with Albert Melton, Cathedral Musician at (207) 772-5434.
- Acolytes: Acolytes can sign up here. Questions? Reach out to David Savage, Verger, (207) 232-0650.
- Greeters: Want to help greet guests at the service? Please sign up here. Greeters should meet in the front circle of the Cathedral at 2pm and bring their church nametag. Contact George Cooper or (207) 233-5480 with any questions.
Printed worship booklets will be available when you arrive at the Cathedral.
For instructions about getting to the Cathedral from USM or general parking click here
For help with registration or delegation changes until Oct. 18th: Teresa at . After that date, all changes will be handled on the day of convention.
For other questions about Convention: Barbara at
For changes/substitutions of alternates for delegates before Fri. Oct. 18th, please be in touch with Teresa at 207.772.1953 x132. After that date, all changes will be handled at convention.
For emergencies after Thu. Oct. 24th, please contact Barbara on her cell phone 207.650.6070
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