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
Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland
♦ FAQs
REGISTRATION - now open!
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)
12:00pm    Lunch served
2:15pm      Dismissal to Cathedral for Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine (stay tuned for bus info & logistics!) 

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 the what the consitution 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

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? Are you a priest or senior warden/clerk who needs to make a change to the info we have on file? 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 them to your charged device to have on hand. (Files will be posted as soon as they are available.) 
* Agenda
* Map of USM Classrooms with Area Caucus Details
* Music Booklet  
Proposed 2020 Budget spreadsheet
Proposed 2020 Budget narrative
Proposed Resolutions 
* Copies will be provided of the starred items. 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 will be published September 19th:

Area 1 – Aroostook  - The Rev. Ginny Urbanek
Area 2 – Hancock/Washington 
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
Area 8 – York - The Rev. Gail Chandler
Nominations 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. 
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 shuttling to and from USM while remaining parked in the garage will be announced when finalized.
Nominations for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine closed on September 9, 2019.
The open diocesan positions, terms, and names of nominees are listed below. Full bios will be published September 19, 2019:
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
Disciplinary Board - Lay (3 year term); Mr. Ken Huhn
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 live-stream of one of the two meetings. 
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.
Deadline October 4th
Registration ($30) will close on October 4th. Late registration ($35) begins October 5th. Final deadline to register is October 11th. 
For a list of answers to FAQ's about registration click here. More questions? Email Teresa at
The Resolution submission form has closed. Resolutions for consideration by the 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine will be announced shortly and included in the electronic Convention Folder

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Opening Worship and Noonday Prayer will be projected at USM. An offertory for UTO will be collected during the Area caucuses. Printable files of Opening Worship and Noonday Prayer will be posted here when they are available for those who wish to print or download.
Hymns will be printed and distributed to everyone attending when they check-in.
Eucharist will take place at the Cathedral at the Seating of Bishop Brown. The offertory will be for Maine Episcopal Youth Mission Exchange. Printed booklets will be available at the Cathedral. 


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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