199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
"The Way of Love"
 Saturday, October 27, 2018
University of Southern Maine, Portland

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. Mark 2:13-14


31744574368 9e64f99b22 z
Convention Address:  

Convention Photos:
Convention Sermon:  

Page Contents







Election Results: 
Treasurer (1 year term) ~ Dick Rozene
Secretary (1 year term) ~ Leigh Spahr
Standing Committee - Clergy (3 year term) ~ Rev. Maria Hoecker
Standing Committee - Lay (3 year term) ~ Brenda Hamilton
Provincial Synod - Clerical Alternate Deputy (2 year term) ~ no nominees
Provincial Synod - Lay Deputy (2 year term) ~ no nominees
Disciplinary Board - Clergy (3 year term) ~ Rev. Jud Pealer
Diocesan Council Lay Representatives (2 year terms)~ Nancy Mooers, Rita Redfield, Christine Talbot, Melissa Sparks, Tom Ward, Steven Ward, Kim Wallace

Budget: approved as presented


Clergy Compensation 2019  ~ approved
Lay Compensation 2019 ~ approved
Amendment to Title III, Sec. 3 (4) of the Constitution of the Diocese of Maine ~ referred to the Committee on Canons & Constitution for futher consideration
Admission of Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church into Union with the Diocese of Maine ~ approved
Special Rules of Order for Election of a Bishop-Elect ~ approved 


All of convention will be held 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* 
7:45am-8:45am Check-in Begins & Breakfast Available
9:00am Opening Worship; Call to Order; Bishop's Address (address will be available to download here after it is delivered)
9:40am Late Check-in Begins for Delegates/Clergy (arriving late or unregistered or uncertified)
11:30am Small groups in classrooms by Area for Way of Love practice/Caucus/Noonday Prayer
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Reconvene Business
3:00pm Eucharist (Offertory for UTO)
Certificate of Delegates
All congregations have filed a Certificate of ASA and Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention in October 2018. 
Any changes to your delegation after Oct. 19th will be handled on the floor of convention. 
If a certified delegate can't make it, the replacement and rector (signature required) should report to the "trouble" desk outside the auditorium to be certified as a new delegate when late registration opens at 9:40am. This is after convention has been seated and after opening worship. The new delegate will be given a voting device at that time.
Questions? Please contact Teresa Pinney 
Convention Folder
Items making up the electronic Convention Folder will be posted here as they become available. Materials will also be emailed to delegates and clergy. These will not be compiled in "booklet" format as in past years. Much of convention will be projected. Printable files will be posted below as soon as they are available. Please print or download copies if you wish to have them on hand:
If you wish to have a copy of the documents below, please print (or download to your charged device) the documents below to have on hand at convention. 

Copies will be provided of the starred items below. They will be included in the packet of materials you receive when you check in at convention. 

* Robert's Rules
Noonday prayer and a "Way of Love" exercise will be conducted in the Area meetings. The convener of your meeting will have copies to distribute. 


 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 -at least one meeting is an overnight (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. 
Read more about Diocesan Council here.

Below is a list of counties associated with each Area, name of the meeting convener, and the number of the classroom assigned to that Area:

Area 1 – Aroostook; Rev. Ginny Urbanek; Rm. 212 
Area 2 – Hancock/Washington; Rev. John Allison; Rm. 110 
Area 3 – Piscataquis/Penobscot ; Rev. Kevin Holsapple; Rm. 214
Area 4 – Franklin/Oxford/Androscoggin; Rev. Beau Wagner; Rm 216
Area 5 – Kennebec/Somerset; Rev. John Balicki; Mezzanine
Area 6 – Sagadahoc/Lincoln/Knox/Waldo; Rev. Lael Sorensen; Rm. 109
Area 7 – Cumberland; Rev. Suzanne Roberts; Rm. 213
Area 8 – York; Rev. Gail Chandler; Rm. 215
A copy of the map and this list telling you where you should go to caucus will be provided to everyone when they check-in at convention.
 Directions & 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. 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
Nominations for consideration by the 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine had to be received by September 7, 2018 in order to be included in the electronic Convention Folder. 
A list of open diocesan positions and terms follows. Click on the link to read more about the requirements of each:
Treasurer (1 year term)
Secretary (1 year term)

<back to top>

  Pre-Convention Hearings
These hearings are held to allow parishioners and clergy to learn about business to come before convention including the 2019 diocesan budget. 
If you couldn't attend in-person or watch the live-stream, please watch video by clicking the links below:
Registration prior to convention was required for all clergy, delegates and guests. 
Early registration closed on October 5th. Final deadline to register was October 12th. All future changes will be handled at late registration (9:40am) on the floor of convention.
Questions? Email Teresa at

Resolutions for consideration by the 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine had to be received in the diocesan office on or before Friday, September 7, 2018, in order to be included in the electronic Convention Folder.

Proposed Resolutions (1-4) - posted here and in the Convention Folder above
Worship will be projected. Printable files will be posted below as soon as they are available. Please print or download copies if you wish to have them on hand:
Hymns will be printed and distributed to everyone attending when they check-in. No need to print!
Music Booklet 
Noonday prayer and "Way of Love" exercises will be conducted in the Area meetings. The convener of your meeting will have copies to distribute. 
Red Apron Ambassadors are needed at Diocesan Convention on October 27th!  If you would like to sport a fashion forward apron and help by extending radical hospitality to Convention goers, please be in touch with Rachel Zoller at .
 Contact Information
For help with registration or delegation changes: Teresa at   

For other questions about Convention: Barbara at

For emergencies after Thu. Oct. 25th, please contact Barbara on her cell phone 207.650.6070.

143 State Street | Portland, ME 04101 | Phone: (207) 772-1953 |