200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
University of Southern Maine, Portland
Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine 
Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland
 Saturday, October 26, 2019
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 Seating of Bishop Brown will take place at the Cathedral after the conclusion of business at USM. 
DRAFT of agenda below (highly subject to change):
7:45am Doors Open; Check-in Begins & Breakfast Available
8:45am Check-in Closes: Convention is Seated
9:00am Opening Worship; Call to Order; Bishop's Address (address will be available to download on this page after it is delivered)
11:30am TBD
12:30pm TBD
1:30pm TBD
3:00pm TBD
4:00pm Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine at the Cathedral (stay tuned for logistics!) 
All congregations must file a Certificate of ASA and Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention in October 2019 by June 30th. 
Due June 30, 2019
Certificate requires electronic signature of Rector/Priest-in-Charge. In absence of a priest, the Senior Warden/Clerk must sign.
Questions? Please contact Teresa Pinney
Items making up the electronic Convention Folder will be posted 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 to your charged device) the documents below to have on hand at convention. Printable files will be posted below as soon as they are available.  
Proposed 2020 Budget spreadsheet
Proposed 2020 Budget narrative
Proposed Resolutions (1-4)
Rules of Order 
Trustees Report to Convention
Opening Worship
Noonday Prayer

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. 

* Agenda
* Map of USM Classrooms with Area Caucus Details
* Music Booklet 
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. 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:

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  
Nominate a lay person to serve as representative from your area or yourself using below:  
Due by September 9, 2019
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. When business concludes, we will reconvene at St. Luke's Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland for the Seating of Bishop Brown and Eucharist. Details about shuttle options if available and parking will be announced when finalized.
Nominations for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine should be received by September 9, 2019 using the form below 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)
Due September 9, 2019  

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

Please attend in-person or watch the live-stream of one of the two meetings. 

Registration prior to convention will be required for all clergy, delegates and guests planning to attend. 
Registration Form
(link will be posted here when available) 
Early registration (discounted) will close on October 4th. Final deadline to register is October 11th. 
Questions? Email Teresa at
Diocesan Convention Resolution Webinar  - Tuesday, August 13th 7pm
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made and positions adopted at the diocesan convention? Do you think the process is too cumbersome or complicated? Do you have an idea you would like to propose to the whole diocese?  
We are planning a convention resolution webinar to answer these questions and more for Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 PM. Brenda Hamilton, Marge Kilkelly and Calvin Sanborn - all seasoned convention delegates - will be facilitating this interactive webinar. 
We will do a quick review of the polity of The Episcopal Church and discuss the basics of a diocesan convention resolution. We will demonstrate how to write an effective resolution and discuss theological, biblical and historical grounding language. From there we will address how to anticipate and overcome objections and how to debate resolutions on the convention floor. It will be an extremely informative session that takes the mystery and anxiety out of the process.  
To join the webinar:  
Join Zoom Meeting
Dial by your location
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 931 573 3562 
Contact John Hennessy () for more information.  

Resolutions for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine must be received in the diocesan office on or before September 9, 2019, in order to be included in the electronic Convention Folder. 


Due September 9, 2019

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Worship will be projected at USM.Please print or download copies if you wish to have them on hand. (Printable files will be posted here when they are available.)
Opening Worship
Noonday Prayer 
Hymns will be printed and distributed to everyone attending when they check-in.
Eucharist will take place at the Cathedral for Seating of Bishop Brown.


For help with registration or delegation changes: Teresa at     
For other questions about Convention: Barbara at   
For emergencies after Thu. Oct. 24th, please contact Barbara on her cell phone 207.650.6070

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