Provincial Synod Opportunities to Get Involved in the Province

Diocesan Convention Elections for Representatives to Provincial Synod Give Opportunities to Get Involved in the Province ME Lay Alternate Deputy (2 year term) ME Clerical Deputy (2 year term) MA Lay Alternate Deputy (3 year term) MA Clerical Alternate Deputy (3 year term) VT Lay Deputy (3 year term) VT Lay Alternate Deputy (unexpired 2 year term) VT Clergy Deputy (3 year term) VT Clergy Alternate Deputy (unexpired 2year term)

Snapshot of ME, WMA and NH Diocesan Conventions

MAINE - Our theme this year is “Jesus is here, right here, right now.” We continue to reflect on how, in our daily lives and as members of local communities of faith, we accept God’s invitation to join God in our neighborhoods and on ways to strengthen the discipleship practices that enliven our faith and our ministries. That is our most important work. WESTERN MA - Our theme this year is "Taking Risks for the Sake of the Gospel." We'll be sharing stories of taking risks, spectacular failures, and the learnings that lead to transformative ministry. NEW HAMPSHIRE - I am introducing the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire to ourselves and to our mission as members of the Episcopal branch of the

79th General Convention Schedule Draft

The 2018 General Convention Website offers valuable resources for delegates and interested parties: Watch the Province I website for province related updates.

Does your congregation work with a public school?

Take advantage of free webinars from All Our Children to help you grow your ministry If your congregation is currently working with a public school, or is exploring the possibility of starting a partnership or education advocacy initiative, All Our Children, a network of individuals, groups, and religious congregations that champion faith-rooted community partnerships with under-resourced public schools, is offering 3 free webinars this fall. We've got panelists lined up from the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief and Development, as well as from other non-profits across the country. How Church-School Partnerships Can Build Beloved Community Tuesday, September 26, 2:30pm - 3:45pm Best Practi

Center for Wisdom's Women Attend Thistle Farms National Conference

Five women from the Center for Wisdom's Women in Lewiston - which began as a ministry of Trinity Church - were among 300 others who recently attended the Thistle Farms National Conference. This and two other previous shorter training trips were funded by a New Initiative Fund grant. (See below for details on the next round of funding.) Magdalene Houses of Thistle Farms are for women survivors of trafficking or prostitution, addiction and prison. They offer long-term, community based, holistic, residential recovery support. The women's center is planning to replicate the model in Lewiston by creating Sophia's House. The story is featured in today's Lewiston Sun Journal Picture Caption: Pict

Task Force Continues Monthly Web Conversations”

The task force will continue its monthly “Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations” on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm. Potential topics include: Bishops View What your parents (of color) told you… Becoming Beloved Community Micro-aggressions… These webcasts are archived on the Province I YouTube Channel. The Task Force Meets ___________________ Day of month/time TBD

Becoming Beloved Community Webinar Available

The on-demand of the recent webinar is here and features Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention.

Province 1 Awards $2,500 to Task Force on Multicultural Awareness & Cultural Competency

The Province has issued a new $2500 Sowing Seeds of God’s Mission Grant to the Task Force on Multicultural Awareness and Cultural Competency 1) to assess the challenges diocesan facilitators face when offering trainings and activities to support anti-racism, 2) to develop the monthly web conversations and research available resources to address those challenges, 3) to enhance access to its curated collection of resources and speakers as well as 4) to create a “Pilgrimage Map” of culturally sensitive sites in the Province for folks to visit. The Task Force’s efforts will be guided with the Becoming Beloved Community effort of the national Church (

Stewardship of Creation Grants Update

As of November 2017, twenty-four grants have been awarded by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council. Four were awarded to Province 1 sites: Round 1: Episcopal Church in New Hampshire, to support for a 40 day spiritual journeys of renewal and restoration via canoes and kayaks along the Connecticut River involving all the New England dioceses. Worship materials, rituals and prayers will be shared broadly around the church for others to replicate: $7000 Round 2: Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI (Diocese of Rhode Island), to support hydroponic gardening with children; food to go to local pantry with important focus on developing me

Congrats to Province I Stewardship of Creation Grant Recipients

Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grant making managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting. Grants awarded to Province I sites are: Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI (Diocese of Rhode Island), to support hydroponic gardening with children; food to go to local pantry with important focus on developing meditation and worship materials to deepen reflection on God’s creation: 10,000. St. John’s, Stamford, CT (Diocese of Connecticut), to fund a reforestation program with the Parish of the Good Samaritan in Grose Morne, Haiti and will include a video which will be use

2018 National Symposium: The Church's Role in Education Equity Coming January 16-18, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium, the Church's Role in Education Equity, is coming January 16-18, 2018 to Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC. Open to any person or team of people who are interested in learning, connecting, and sharing ideas about how communities of faith can and do effectively support public education in their cities, states, and across the nation What can I expect? An ecumenical event grounded in worship and prayer. Informative, interactive programming. Dedicated expert presenters. Conversation, idea sharing, and networking. Compelling keynote speakers, including Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry. A focus on steps you and your congregation can take to build t

Fall Forum - Cape Cod and Southern New England Coming October 21, 2017

Join the movement for education justice by attending our fall regional forum in Cape Cod, MA on October 21, 2017. Co-sponsored by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Barnstable – this event will leave participants with hope and encouragement that together, we can effect the change we seek: a deep commitment to education equity as part of God’s dream and the church’s mission. Listen. Learn. Connect. Act. Reflect. To sign up to receive updates and get notified when registration is open, please CLICK HERE and fill out the quick form at the bottom.

Province 1 Sewing Seeds of God’s Mission: Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Executive Committee is now accepting grant applications from Province I members for mission-oriented projects or programs. Grants of $500-$2,500 are available for collaborative projects/programs that involve two or more Province I dioceses. Proposals are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted and will be reviewed during the monthly Executive Committee Meeting, usually the second Thursday of the month. We anticipate that most projects/programs will occur within the fiscal year, though multi-year efforts will be accepted with assumption that the grant could be renewed or extended into another fiscal year. To apply, download the application in Word, then email your complete

2017 Grant Distribution

RI Center for Reconciliation - $2500 - The Center for Reconciliation (CFR) will create traveling exhibits that can be used around its Diocese and with churches throughout Province 1 to spread the message of racial reconciliation and its role and importance within the Episcopal Church. In keeping with the Presiding Bishop’s emphasis on reconciliation, we seek to create experiences that enable people to connect with God and find inspiration and support for the work of racial reconciliation.. Contact The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz. Jerusalem Peacebuilders - $1000 - raise up peacemakers and further peace in the Middle East and in America through a nine day interfaith service learning program in

What Makes a Conversation Holy

Awareness of the presence of God, in the other Willingness to listen deeply Absence of a defined agenda other than to speak the truth in love Willingness to say, “I don’t know” Capacity for silence in between the words Acknowledging the limits of what I know about the other Allowing for the possibility that what will be said has never been said before Willingness to be changed by the encounter

The Episcopal Church in Vermont Urges Members, Friends to Stand With Refugees

Starting today, and every day this week, phone your members of Congress to tell them that you want the US to be a welcoming country for refugees. Call 1-844-4STAND5 (1-844-478-2635) Please call this number 3 times to connect to your two Senators and Representative. Ask your friends and your family to join in calling this week by going to this website: Join the movement and get your friends to do the same!

September 15-16  "Faith-Rooted Organizing with Alexia Salvatierra"

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, in partnership with The Episcopal Church's Office of Social Justice and the Diocese of New Hampshire, will host a workshop with the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. A Lutheran pastor, Salvatierra is the author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. This workshop, open to all Episcopalians in New England, will be limited to 40 participants. Because of support from The Episcopal Church, the training-session will be deeply subsidized to make it affordable. Registration will be open soon. Stay-tuned!

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