"So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse," say the Brothers of SSJE. Join the Brothers in rediscovering time as a gift. This series is highly recommended by the Rev. Lisa Smith Fry of St. Thomas Camden, who says "I can’t recommend this enough. It is the one Lenten series that parishioners still remember, and ask if we can repeat. It seems that we all have trouble with finding Time. This Lent, try and slow the pace of our hectic lives with this great series, so it’s possible to become aware of how the Eternal is breaking through to us."
Ideas for anytime:
Tea Time for the Soul is a monthly discussion group in which focuses on an interesting article, object or scripture story, and also includes a deeper purpose and other features. Read more here. from Margaret Reimer and St. Peter's in Bridgton 2015
Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World by Michael Battle. This evocative book is about the reconciliation that occurs when we affirm that God is present and acting in the midst of tragedy. Preview the book at Amazon. from the Rev. Nina Pooley at St. Bartholomew's in Yarmouth 2014
Offering our questions to God in the offering plate is how one church built its formation program and helped folks to understand that questions can be offerings. Read more here. from the Rev. Kelly Moughty at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth 2014
Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis - was disappointing. Find out why here. from the Rev. Nathan Ferrell at St. Mary in Falmouth 2014
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program includes in-depth study and spiritual support. It has been an exceptional aid for our congregation in developing ministry, supporting our common life and keeping us focused on our mission. Here's our diocese's EfM information. from the Rev. Peter Jenks and St. John Baptist in Thomaston
Sacred Stories provides an opportunity for small, intimate groups to share their spiritual journeys - to tell their stories and to listen to others as they tell theirs. Read more here. from the Audrey Delafield at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth
Maine Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross Do you long to deepen your prayer life? Do you have a heart for social justice? Are you a seeker of peace and reconciliation within yourself and those around you? Then the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC) might be just what you are looking for. The Companions are eager to share the riches of their prayer, service and community. Learn more here.
The Episcopal Church Foundation has a list of ten recommended resources for Advent 2017.
Buildfaith.org contains a wealth of resources for kids and adults. Sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary which is an Episcopal seminary, its moto is: Equip. Teach. Form. Resources for Disciples of All Ages. The whole site is worth checking out, and there's a specific section with Advent resources.
Living Well Through Advent 2017: Practicing Wonder with All your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind - is a booklet of daily meditations which is available in bulk from Living Compass for $1 each.
AdventWord was the Advent 2015 offering from SSJE and there was a Global Advent Calendar in 2016. Throughout the year, the Brothers offer daily online meditations called Bother Give Us a Word. During Advent and Lent, they usually have special packages.
The Text this Week - This website is full of resources for liturgical, sermon and lectionary help. It's a clearinghouse of information from many different denominations. Here's the page for Advent.
A Thrill of Hope (Advent) and What Wondrous Love (Lent) use the artwork of John August Swanson, the reflections of several Bible scholars, music and hymnody to invite participants to delve deeper into Gospel readings for those seasons. DVDs with study guides are available from Cokesbury. from the Rev. Nancy Moore at Christ Church, Norway, and Trinity Lutheran, South Paris 2014
Annual events from the Diocese of Maine:
Spring Training - April 28, 2018
Adult Retreat in June at Bishopswood - June 15-17, 2018. Each June since 2015 the Diocese of Maine has offered a weekend retreat at Camp bishopswood which is on Lake Megunticook, near Camden. Past retreat topics were God's Story/My Story, Jesus Then and Now and Playing with Fire: the Parables of Jesus. Information about the next June retreat will be in the Dio Log.
Summer Finale Camp in August for all ages - August 20-26, 2018.