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
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♦ FAQs
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♦ WORSHIPnew ways to participate in The Seating of Bishop Brown!
Convention will begin at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.  A copy of the full agenda will be provided to everyone attending when they check-in at USM. 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 (very rough!) of agenda below:
   Doors Open; Check-in Begins; Breakfast Available
   Check-in Closes 
   Call to Order
   Lunch Served
   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     
4:30pm- ish
   Convention Adjourned (Shuttle back to USM available)

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
2.  Attend a Pre-Convention gathering 
3.  Register for 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. Much of convention will be projected.
If you wish to have a copy of the documents below, please print or download them to your charged device to have on hand.
 * Agenda
Nominations (15 pages)
Proposed 2020 Budget spreadsheet (10 pages) - updated 9/24 
Proposed Resolutions - the Resolutions Committee is finalizing revision language; will be posted soon
* Copies of the starred items will be provided. Look for these in the packet of materials you receive when you check in at convention. 
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.  
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. 
After voting concludes, we will reconvene at St. Luke's Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland for the Seating of Bishop Brown and Eucharist.
Free Shuttle
Shuttles will be available to take people from USM and back at the conclusion of Convention. Cars can remain parked in the garage.  
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 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.
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 above. 
Treasurer (1 year term); Mr. Richard Rozene
Secretary (1 year term); Ms. Leigh Spahr
Standing Committee - Clergy (3 year term);  Rev. Claudia Smith; Rev. Timothy Higgins
Standing Committee - Lay (3 year term); Ms. Pat Ryan; Mr. Theodore Fletcher
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; 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. 

Thursday, September 26 7pm  ~  St. Luke's Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland 04101
Thursday, October 3 7pm  ~  St. Patrick's Church, 21 Holyoke Street, Brewer, 04412
Delegates and clergy are asked to please attend in-person or watch the archived Facebook live video of the meeting in Brewer here.  
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 soon
Registration ($30) will close on October 4th. Late registration ($35) begins October 5th.
For a list of answers to FAQ's about registration click here. More questions? Email Teresa at
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 
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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USM ~ Morning & Noonday Prayers
Worship that takes place at USM will be projected. An offertory for UTO will be collected during the Area caucuses. Bring your UTO box or donation to the caucus and leave it with the meeting's convener.
Cathedral ~ Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine 
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.
The offertory will be for Maine Episcopal Youth Mission Exchange.
Printed worship booklets will be available when you arrive at the Cathedral.


For help with registration or delegation changes: Teresa at     
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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