199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
Saturday, October 27, 2018
University of Southern Maine, Portland
For the 197th Convention held in October 2017, please click here.
Click the links below to view the information you wish. Updates will be added regularly to this page. Check back often!
♦ DIOCESAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS AT AREA MEETINGS
♦ PRE-CONVENTION HEARINGS
| Agenda & Bishop's Address
All of convention will be held at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
A copy of the agenda will be provided to everyone attending when they check-in at USM.
Bishop Lane's Convention Address will be available to download here after it is delivered.
All congregations must file a Certificate of ASA and Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention in October 2018. Deadline is June 30, 2018. It must be electronically signed by a Rector/Priest-in-Charge. If your congregation does not have a priest, Senior Warden must sign.
Please read the important letter from Bishop Lane below about lay delegates to the Electing Convention in 2019 before following the link listed here to complete the electronic certificate:
Dear Friends in Christ,
By now you know that the Episcopal Transition Process is well underway in Maine. The Discernment and Transition Committees met last week for their retreat, and once the celebrations of Advent and Christmas have been accomplished, they'll begin their work in earnest. I think we have a great Transition Team in place.
One matter of concern for every parish and every Maine Episcopalian is the process for electing parish delegates to the Diocesan Convention in 2018 and the Electing Convention in 2019.
Most parishes elect their delegates to Convention early in the year at their Annual Meetings. When you do so this January or February (2018), you may want to decide that your delegates will also serve for the Electing Convention in February, 2019. There will not be sufficient time in early 2019 to elect and register new delegates for the Electing Convention. (Registration takes place at least 30 days before the Convention.)
The alternative approach would be to hold a special parish meeting in the Fall of 2018 to elect delegates specifically for the Electing Convention. Such a special meeting requires advance notice in writing and may address only the issue of electing delegates.
Each of these processes is a legitimate way to choose your delegates to the Electing Convention. It will be up to each church to decide which process is best.
If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call.
+Stephen T. Lane
The Convention Booklet will be available electronically in September. Materials will be emailed and posted here to download.
Below is a list of items that will be included:
Bishop Steve's Letter
Annual Report from the Trustees of Diocesan Funds
Complete Convention Booklet
- Convention Schedule & Pre-Convention Hearings
Rules of Order
A Convention-Goer's Guide
Proposed 2019 Budget (spreadsheet) and Proposed 2019 Congregational Assessment
Proposed 2019 Budget (narrative)
- Report from the New Mainers Task Force
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| 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 2018, we are electing lay members and elections will take place on October 27th in Portland at Diocesan Convention.
Diocesan Council serves as our “Convention between Conventions.” Council meets four times each year - generally an overnight meeting (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon) in May and December and a Saturday meeting in February and September. Mileage reimbursement is offered and all overnight accommodation costs are covered by the Diocese. Nominations will be open in May and the form can be accessed on this page.
Read more about Diocesan Council here.
Below is a list of counties associated with each Area:
Area 1 – Aroostook
Area 2 – Hancock/Washington
Area 3 – Piscataquis/Penobscot
Area 4 – Franklin/Oxford/Androscoggin
Area 5 – Kennebec/Somerset
Area 6 – Sagadahoc/Lincoln/Knox/Waldo
Area 7 – Cumberland
Area 8 – York
Park at USM's Abromson Center in Portland in the Portland Parking Garage. Entrance into the garage is on Surrenden Street. Entrance and exit gates are open for free parking and no tickets are dispensed. Upon entry into the garage, you will be prompted to press a button which will raise the gate for you to enter the garage. Enter the Abromson Center directly from the garage. If you have trouble with stairs, elevators are available. The Convention Registration desk will be located on the first floor. To exit the garage, approach the exit gates slowly. They will automatically open for you.
| Elections for Diocesan Leaders
Open positions and a nomination form will be posted below.
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Two pre-convention meetings will take place before convention. Dates/times/locations TBA.
Registration prior to convention will be required for all clergy, delegates and guests.
Worship will be projected. Printable files will be posted below as soon as they are available.
For emergencies after Thu. Oct. 25th, please contact Barbara on her cell phone 207.650.6070.