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Episcopal Diocese Of Maine

Page updated on May 19, 2019

A word from the Bishop-elect

In the Letter to the Colossians we read, God chose to make known the riches of the glory of mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim…so then continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up, and established in the faith, abounding in thanksgiving.

 

In these first days among you I’m discovering the timeless truth of St. Paul’s words. You are rooted and built up in Christ, and I see this in the welcome and the hope you are extending to me. Thank you!

Thanks to diocesan staff, I’m getting settled into Loring House, along with all the necessary tools: a computer with diocesan email, a mobile phone, and a staggering new definition of the word “calendar.” Mostly, I’m spending a great deal of time with Bishop Lane (we were at St. Margaret’s in Belfast last Sunday); his warmth and willingness to teach are great gifts. I’m thankful for the members of the diocesan staff, each of whom is working overtime to serve during this transition. It’s going very well!

 

As you know, it’s the Diocese of Maine’s tradition to ordain and consecrate our bishops at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke. I embrace this tradition, even as I lament that it means requiring tickets in order to allow representatives of each faith community to attend the liturgy on 22 June. Although we’re unable to accommodate everyone at the Cathedral, thanks to our communications team, a professional live-stream has been arranged.  We encourage parish watch-parties to join us in prayer; next month we’ll make available additional worship resources for the day, including a link to the worship leaflet. If you wish to be added to a waitlist for tickets, sign up here on episcopalmaine.org.

With trust that we shall continue to live our lives in Christ, rooted and built up, I look forward to getting acquainted. In the meantime, I covet your prayers, and pledge that you are in mine.

Faithfully,


Thomas J. Brown
Bishop-elect

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Timeline:

(from http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/timeline/)

March-May 2019—Consents are obtained from Standing Committees of the majority of Dioceses of The Episcopal Church. (Standing Committee sends out information and requests for consent.)

March-June 2019—Transition period for both 9th and 10th Bishops of Maine, including:

  • Negotiation of final compensation package and signing letter of agreement (SC)
  • Designation of gifts for 10th Bishop’s vestments, ring, pectoral cross, crozier, etc. (TC)
  • 10th Bishop relocation to Maine—housing, moving expenses, etc.
  • Mindfulness of personal and professional transitions, pastoral care and other concerns of Diocesan Staff, 9th and 10th Bishops, and the wider Diocesan community.
  • Farewell event for the Lanes

Thursday, June 20—Presiding Bishop arrives in Maine (in time for dinner)

Saturday, June 22 —Consecration of the 10th Bishop of Maine

Sunday, June 23—Presiding Bishop visits a parish and then departs

June 24-28—Administrative wrap up and archive documents.

Notes:

  • 2019 TIMELINE may need to be tweaked to allow for weather in scheduling walk-abouts and electing convention; and to allow sufficient, mindful time for overlap and transition tasks (bearing in mind that we are NOT electing a bishop co-adjutor this time.)
  • Compensation discussions need to happen early in the process and allow for transparency. Housing allowances need to be realistic. The Diocesan Profile needs to be matched by a fairly comprehensive understanding of the compensation package. Discernment Committee needs to be empowered to ask and answer questions about compensation by Standing Committee, Finance Committee/Diocesan Council and Trustees, even while Standing Committee retains the responsibility of negotiating the final letter of agreement.
  • Transition Committee will need to allow time for completion of any commissioned work on vestments, ring, cross or crozier for the new bishop. These items are typically gifts from sources/funds not designated in the diocesan transition budget and will need to be clarified as part of the process.
 

Ms Patricia Buck-Welton, Chair, Sts. Matthew and Barnabas, Hallowell transitioncommittee@episcopalmaine.org
The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, St. Paul’s, Brunswick
Ms Billie Ellis, Christ Church, Gardiner
Mr. David Fernald, St. Luke’s, Portland
Mr. Fred Fowler, St. Luke’s, Portland
Mr. Philip Hamilton, St. Alban’s, Cape Elizabeth
Ms Lis Ingoldsby, St Brendan’s, Deer Isle
The Rev. Jennifer Reece, Good Shepherd, Rangeley
Ms Linda Roebuck, St. Augustine’s, Dover-Foxcroft
Mr. Mark Spahr, St. Patrick’s, Brewer
The Rev. Susan Taylor, St. Andrew’s, Winthrop
The Rev. Kit Wang, St. George’s, York Harbor
The Rev. Mary Lee Wile, St. Paul’s, Brunswick

Prayer for Transition

God of Grace, we give you thanks for all the blessings of our common life and ministries as the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. We thank you for the faithful work of the Discernment Committee and for all who have offered themselves to your service in this season of change. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless the Transition Committee, and to infuse this process with the gifts of faith, hope and love. We give thanks and pray for Anne, Janet, Ken, Rachel, and Thomas. May they be filled with vision, courage, patience and hope as our work of discernment continues. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.