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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 9:00 am  
 Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland at 3:00 pm

On Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 am, the 200th Convention of the Diocese convened at USM to kickoff our bicentennical celebration, hold elections for open governance offices, debate resolutions and adopt a budget for 2020.


View the proceedings at USM here: 

 At 3:00 pm, the newly consecrated bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, was formally welcomed at the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Portland where convention had reassembled and was seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, that is symbolic of the bishop’s office. Bishop Brown also delivered his convention address during the liturgy. 

 Watch some of the ceremony here: 

   View the entire recorded service below:

Treasurer (1 year term); Mr. Richard Rozene - elected
Secretary (1 year term); Ms. Leigh Spahr - elected
Standing Committee - Clergy (3 year term);  Rev. Timothy Higgins - elected
Standing Committee - Lay (3 year term); Ms. Pat Ryan - elected
Clerical Deputies - elected
Rev. Maria Hoecker
Rev. Claudia Smith
Very Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh
Rev. Nina Pooley
Clerical Alternates
Rev. Calvin Sanborn
Rev. Nathan Ferrell
Ven. Aaron Perkins
Rev. Lisa Fry
Lay Deputies - elected
Mr. Mark Spahr
Mr. Richard Rozene
Ms. Susan Mayer
Ms. Liz Hall
Lay Alternate
Ms. Sarah Braik
Provincial Synod - Clerical - Rev. Maria Hoecker (ex-officio as 1st GC deputy)
Provincial Synod - Clerical Alternate - Rev. Claudia Smith (ex-officio as 2nd GC deputy)
Provincial Synod - Lay Alternate - Mr. Mark Spahr (ex-officio as 1st Lay CG deputy)
Disciplinary Board - Lay (3 year term); Mr. Ken Huhn - elected 
1   Clergy Compensation for 2020 - amended and adopted
2   Lay Compensation for 2020 - adopted
3   Reducing Opiod Deaths in Maine - adopted
4   Groundwater as a Public Trust - withdrawn
5   Faith-Based Community Solar Farms - adopted
6   Ending Gun Violence - amended and adopted
7   End Child Separation and Family Detention at the US Border - adopted
8   Support Episcopal Youth Ministry Relationship with Diocese of South Dakota - adopted
9   Support for Maine Episcopal Network for Justice - adopted
10 Forfeiture of Union: Church of the Advent, Limestone - adopted
Rules of Order - adopted



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 elected clergy members. 

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 

Area caucuses to hold elections were to have taken place at convention, but the convention determined to forgo these in an effort to keep to the schedule. Therefore, the elections took place electronically. You should have received this email which laid out the procedure and opened nominations and this follow-up email after nominations closed on November 6th with instructions for casting your ballot.

Voting closed at noon on Tuesday, November 12th and results are posted below.

Area 1 – The Rev. Ginny Urbanek - elected (caucus was held early on 10/26)
Area 2 – The Rev. Lynn Rutledge - elected
Area 3 – The Rev. Ann McAlhany - elected
Area 4 – The Rev. Nancy Moore - elected
Area 5 – The Rev. John Balicki - elected
Area 6 – The Rev. Peter Jenks - elected
Area 7 – The Rev. Suzanne Roberts - elected
Area 8 – The Rev. Gail Chandler - elected

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