Canon to the Ordinary
Two years ago I made a commitment to the Bishops of New Hampshire and Vermont that I would not hire a staff person in Maine before consulting with each of them to at least explore the possibilities of sharing. When Michael Ambler and I decided together that he would finish at the end of 2022 we spent a good deal of time discussing what’s needed, and what’s possible, including the productivity between New Hampshire and Maine. At the same time, I heard from Bishop Hirschfeld about the cohesion among New Hampshire’s diocesan staff, something that Rob himself experiences as new and life-giving. Rob credits many people for the health of New Hampshire’s team, but none more than the canon to the ordinary, Tina Pickering.
Meanwhile, Tina and her husband are living most weekends at their property in Waldo and Belfast. Tina grew up at St. David’s Kennebunk, and her late father was a pillar at St. Giles in Jefferson. She knows Maine, she cares about congregations, and she has a lively faith in Jesus Christ which she shares abundantly and authentically.
All of this discernment leads me to announce to you that Tina Pickering will become the Diocese of Maine’s Canon to the Ordinary, effective 1 March. She will continue to be Canon to the Ordinary and Transition & Deployment Officer in New Hampshire. While she’ll be a resource to Suzanne (and Suzanne’s successor), Tina herself will not be responsible for transition and deployment in Maine. Her primary focus will be to work with us during all these transitions and to work with me to envisage a staff who are united in shared values and principles, and who understand ourselves as a team. Tina will also be the primary support for congregations.
Title IV and Conflict Resolution
The Rev. Michael Ambler remains a resource, as a consultant to the diocese, when the need arises for case management in disciplinary matters, or if there is the need for mediation in high-conflict situations.