Young Mainer finds her longed for “fire” as missionary to Uruguay

by Kirsten Lowell
St. Ann’s, Windham

kirstenImagine waking up every day for an entire year in a place unlike anywhere you have ever been. Imagine waking up every day to form relationships with people in a language that you are attempting to comprehend. Imagine waking up every day to serve and worship in a culture that is outside your past experience. Imagine waking up every day to grow in your faith 5,351 miles away from your home. All that is pretty hard to imagine, but it’s about to happen to me in August as I head to the Anglican Diocese of Uruguay as a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corps.

Six months ago, I was living an average life for a 23 year-old. I lived with roommates, worked 40 hours a week, cooked dinner, and watched Jeopardy most evenings. While I was content with where I was and what I was doing, I desired more and longed for some fire in my life that I could not place my finger on.

Five months ago, I found that fire. I was presented with the opportunity to apply to the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), a missionary program through the Episcopal Church for young adults ages 21-30. It is described like this:“The Young Adult Service Corps brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community.  At the same time, it brings the gifts and resources of the church into the lives of young adults as they explore their own faith journeys.”

Since then, life has been a whirlwind of interviews, prayers, discernment, prayers, training, prayers, education, and most importantly, prayers.

I grew up in St. Ann’s in Windham as an active participant in the acolyte and youth programs for not only St. Ann’s but in the Diocese of Maine. I represented the Diocese of Maine at the National Acolyte Festival in Washington D.C. in 2004, Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in 2005, and a Province I event in Connecticut in 2007. I served as staff at many middle school events, TECs and Happenings, and served as Assistant Rector for Happening in 2007. While attending school outside of Philadelphia, PA, and working in the area for the past few years, I have stayed connected to my home parish and the Diocese of Maine and continue to consider it my home. I served as a counselor at BION this past summer, attended a young adult retreat in January, volunteered as an adult at TEC in March, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to attend BION again later this summer before heading to Uruguay to begin my work with YASC. I’m excited for what this coming year may bring, and I’m thrilled to have such an amazing and wonderful community of people to share it with.

There will be days when I am like Peter – walking on water, fearless, with a strong faith – but there are also days when, like Peter, I will begin to sink and have doubts. That’s when I’ll need to remember how quickly Jesus reached out and picked him back up. But for right now, I am stepping out of the boat, beginning my journey.

It is hard to predict what this year will bring for me and for the community I will be living and serving in, but we are in this together. We are the body of Christ. We are one body, many parts. This coming year as I serve as the hands and feet, and I invite you, members of the Episcopal Church in Maine, to be part of the heart of my ministry. Please share the journey with me by offering prayers and following my messages home to Maine.

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Seriously grown-ups: these kids can pray you under the table

By Liz Graves
St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

“Who knows how the awareness of God’s love first hits people?” Frederick Buechner wrote. “Some moment happens in your life that you say yes, right to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen.”

When high school teens and adults from across Maine, and a few from New Hampshire, converged at Trinity Church in Portland in February for the annual diocesan “Teens Encounter Christ” (TEC) high school weekend retreat, there were a lot of those moments.

We gathered on a Friday night for music and the parish hall was packed. More than 30 high school participants and 11 teen staff were led by two co-“rectors” of the retreat, CJ Wallace of St. Ann’s, Windham, and Kate Rogers of Trinity.

Building a safe, close community to experience and share those “yes!” moments is what youth ministry is all about.

“I told [the teen staff] that we have to be a team during this weekend, all of us, and that part of being a team is watching out for each other and making sure we leave no one behind,” CJ said in an email after the retreat. “Then I just tried to lead by example. It wasn’t easy, because I’m not really as outgoing as I probably appeared, but I was the leader so it was my duty to show everyone where I wanted this weekend to go.”

More than 20 adults were mixed in, too—some had brought teens with them, some wanted to learn about the program and try to start another one elsewhere. As a member of Diocesan Council, I, too, wanted to learn more and offer support to youth ministry in the diocese.

As a former youth minister and Episcopal camp leader, I had heard that the “Teens Encounter Christ” retreat was similar to “Happening” retreats that draw inspiration from Cursillo. I didn’t know what to expect.

The core group of volunteers who developed this retreat in Maine and have shepherded it through its long life had an uphill climb this year following Diocesan staff restructuring.

Despite those challenges, I was blown away by the effectiveness of the retreat. Youth and young adult leaders leading worship and giving short talks spoke from deep conviction and experience. The structure of small group discussion builds towards a powerful healing prayer service Sunday morning.

“You get to meet a lot of people and some of them are incredibly intelligent and thoughtful when it comes to God,” CJ said. “These events are fun and provide a safe environment for everyone no matter your background. I hope the participants came away knowing that Jesus is that friend who will help you out anytime anywhere. That is incredibly important.”

Seriously, grown-ups: these kids can pray you under the table.

 

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Godspeed, Canon Vicki Wiederkehr

Canon Vicki Wiederkehr (left) on Saturday joined by her sisters Pam and Deb.

Canon Vicki Wiederkehr (left) on Saturday joined by her sisters Pam and Deb.

Seventy-five people from across the Diocese of Maine gathered on Saturday morning at St. Mark’s in Waterville to give thanks for the ministry of Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Transition and Ministry Development, as she retires after 16 years on diocesan staff. In his remarks, Bishop Steve Lane said, “I think if you asked Vicki, she would say that she has done nothing remarkable – she has simply acted out of her love and care for God’s people – which is, in fact, the remarkable thing.”

Surrounded by her husband, Dan; two of her five sisters, Pam of  New York and Deb of Yarmouth; two of her children, Sarah of Freeport and Emily of Portland; and two of her four grandchildren, Maya and Grover, Vicki listened as 18 people stood to share their thanks and appreciation for her ministry. Several gave thanks on behalf of their congregations for her support to their transition processes, some clergy members shared appreciation for her pastoral care and friendship in times of sorrow, staff colleagues paid tribute to her example of professionalism and dedication.

As clergy and lay alternates at the 2006 General Convention in Columbus, Ohio,  the Rev. Calvin Sanborn and Vicki confer or goof off. It's hard to tell.

As clergy and lay alternates at the 2006 General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, the Rev. Calvin Sanborn and Vicki confer or goof off. It’s hard to tell.

With her retirement on June 27, Vicki will mark more than 25 years in the employ of the Episcopal Church. She started her career as a parish administrator in New York (working with the Rev. David Heald, now priest of St. Nicholas’, Scarborough.) When she and her family moved to Brunswick, she became the executive assistant to the Rt. Rev. Harold “Hoppy” Hopkins in the Office of Pastoral Development, a national church office based, during his tenure, in Yarmouth. She held that post for seven years. Bishop Hopkins’ retirement and the move of the office back to the Episcopal Church Center coincided with the election of Bishop Chilton Knudsen and, in 1998, she came to work for the Diocese of Maine. In 2002 she was named Canon for Ministry and Program. With the retirement of Canon Linton Studdiford in 2008, she added transition ministry to her portfolio.

Godspeed and God bless, Vicki!

Heidi Shott and Vicki (aka Pedro and Manny) in the Sunday River Chondala at the 2011 Convention. Photo by Michael Gleason.

Heidi Shott and Vicki (aka Pedro and Manny) in the Sunday River Chondala at the 2011 Convention. Photo by Michael Gleason.

Below are Bishop Steve’s remarks from Saturday’s service:

All of us who are baptized have a vocation to serve God in God’s world. Baptism both initiates our call to serve and empowers us for service. Moreover, it’s our confession that in baptism we receive all that we need to exercise our vocation, all the gifts we need to do the work God has invited us to do. Whoever we are… whatever our circumstances… we have all we need to share in God’s project of reconciliation.

That’s not how the world thinks about these matters, of course. These days, even the most basic occupation requires extensive education. We think in terms of degrees and certificates, in terms of the specific, sometimes highly arcane and technical, skills that are required for various kinds of work. A lot of us will be carrying the debt of our educations for decades.

Moreover today’s workplace is highly competitive. One can hardly rest on one’s laurels. Continuing education is a constant requirement. We have similar expectations in the church: we expect our clergy to be highly educated and expert at addressing issues as diverse as budgeting, fundraising, public speaking, volunteer management and suicide prevention. As a result of this kind of thinking, I believe it’s often the case that we exercise our ministries in the service of God with a certain hesitancy, a certain timidity. We aren’t sure we have what it takes, aren’t sure we can take the necessary risks.

But listen to what Jesus has to say… You are the salt of the earth – the flavoring for all God’s creation. You are the light of the world called to shed divine light into the darkest corners of the world. You are God’s chosen, God’s ministers. Be bold. Be brave. Stand on a lamp stand for all to see. And shine, shine, shine!

The power for our ministries is rooted not in education – although education is helpful – but in the confidence that we are loved by God, sent by God to share that love, and accompanied by God in all our doubts and uncertainties. God provides what we need for our part in God’s mission.

It’s very encouraging to all who of us who call ourselves Christian to see someone act in such confidence and share the love of God with his or her neighbors. That, quite simply, is what Vicki Wiederkehr has done among us.

We know Vicki as a loving presence, who loves the beauty of the natural world, flowers and trees; who loves children, her own and others; and who loves us. We who have had the pleasure of working with Vicki have felt the respect and love which Vicki has offered us. She brings to her work great care for people’s commitments and sensitivity to their emotional life. She cares for not only for the decisions that we need to make, but for how we feel about those decisions. She is voice reminding us that people need time to think, to process, to change.

Vicki has also reminded us of the sacramental nature of all ministry. It’s about relationships, about care for people, about the presence of God in people and things. Her ministry of caring for the sacred vessels and for the memorial gifts of churches that have closed has been inspiring

I think if you asked Vicki, she would say that she has done nothing remarkable – she has simply acted out of her love and care for God’s people – which is, in fact, the remarkable thing. In the midst of all the pressures to get her work done, to find clergy for the congregations, to follow the Title IV processes, to increase compliance with the requirements for safe church training, and all the rest, she has remembered that we are God’s people, and she has treated us that way.

Vicki has been clear with me that she doesn’t want long flowery speeches or flowing tributes, so I won’t carry on. Yet I believe she has put her light on a lampstand so that it gives light to the whole room. And all of us have responded to the light.

In a moment there will be a brief opportunity for you to share recollections about Vicki’s ministry. For now let me simply say, “Thank you.” Thank you, Vicki for the love and respect that has characterized your ministry. Thank you for your devotion, for your patience, for your steadfastness – for your commitment to God and us. You have flavored our life in the Diocese of Maine in a way that we will savor for years to come.

Amen.

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The Church Bully

by the Rev. Tim Fleck
St. Andrew & St. John, Southwest Harbor and St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor

Tim-headshotWhen I was a child, I knew and my friends knew what a bully was: A bully was a kid who beat up or threatened to beat up other kids. The quintessential bully who comes to mind is the yellow-eyed coonskin-capped Scut Farkus of “The Christmas Story,” terrorizing other kids apparently just for the thrill of it (or at least so it seemed to his victims). The idea of bullying someone online or adults bullying one another in the workplace would not have made sense to us kids.

Recently, though, the term “bullying” has expanded to include all sorts of manipulative behavior or speech, not necessarily threatening physical violence, but using intimidation and fear to get others to do what one wants. The fact that bullying has sometimes been overused to describe any sort of behavior that we don’t like or any kind of speech that hurts our feelings doesn’t change the truth that real bullying does take place. Thank goodness that we live and work together in the Church, a place where bullying could never happen, right?

Sadly, the church is not immune from bullies. In fact, our churchy instinct to be nice, to be pastoral, to give one another the benefit of the doubt creates a perfect habitat for bullying. Physical abuse or threats are rare (although they happen), but there are other kinds of manipulation and intimidation. Let’s have a look at the natural history of some of our native church bullies:

The Financial Bully: This person lets it be known, either explicitly or tacitly, that his or her financial support for the church is contingent on getting his or her way. This is especially powerful if the parish is reliant on a small number of large givers, but can occur around even small sums of money. Ironically, someone perceived as a major financial supporter can be treated as a financial bully even if he or she is not: “We’d better not change that, because Mrs. van der Guilder might withdraw her pledge” – when Mrs. V has never indicated that she might do any such thing.

The Long-Term Bully: This person is similar to the financial bully, but the threat is not about withdrawing money but withdrawing long-term membership: “My family have been members of this church since it was founded, but I don’t know if I can stay here if you do X.”

The Indispensable Bully: This person has set himself up as the only person who knows how to do a particular ministry or meet a particular need. He or she may have others convinced that the church will not be able to function if he or she is not there, so you’d better not tick him or her off.

The Knowledge Bully: Similar to the Indispensable Bully, but using perceived superior knowledge as a weapon. Clergy are particularly prone to this kind of bullying (“I went to seminary, and I know what an epiclesis is, so just do what I say. You probably wouldn’t understand it, anyway.”), but it can also occur among those with any type of specialized knowledge that can be used to cow others: financial, liturgical, musical, or even knowledge of parish history.

The Emotional Bully: As a church, we are called to respond pastorally to our brothers and sisters in need. This bully takes advantage of that by making it clear that he or she will fall apart emotionally if things don’t go his or her way. This bully can also engage in all sorts of outrageous behavior, but need not be held accountable because he or she is perceived as emotionally fragile.

The Angry Bully: A particular type of Emotional Bully, relies on the fact that many church people cannot stand to see someone actually express anger, and will do anything to get him or her to calm down.
Have you experienced any of these types of bullying in church? This list is far from exhaustive. If you find yourself walking on eggshells around particular people or particular subjects, look around for the bully. If you experience someone engaging in behavior that would never be tolerated in another setting (insulting or belittling others, shutting down conversation, keeping secrets or having secret conversations about others, threats, emotional blackmail), you may be being bullied. If a group or person has been given the responsibility to carry out a task only to have their authority undercut, a bully may be at work.

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Scut Farkus (right) with his sidekick Grover Dill

Of course, it’s one thing to identify bullying, but quite another to put a stop to it. In “The Christmas Story,” Scut Farkus gets his comeuppance when his victim Ralphie flies into a berserk rage and pummels him bloody. While perhaps satisfying, this is not recommended (in fact, it is not even satisfying for Ralphie: he is so overwhelmed by his own rage that he bursts into tears and has to be taken home by his mom).

The element of truth in the story, though, is that bullies usually can’t stand up to being challenged. Jesus gives us a pretty good plan for dealing with bullies in the church in Matthew 18:15-17:

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

If it feels like you are being bullied, call the bully on it. He or she may not even be aware that his or her behavior is bullying. Check yourself, though, to make sure that you are not functioning as an emotional bully yourself when you do this, using your own feelings of discomfort to get your way. Are you uncomfortable because you are being intimidated, or are you just frustrated that things are not going your way? Is someone threatening you, or are they simply pointing out how you have hurt them?

If that doesn’t work, try taking a small group – ideally people who are trusted by the bully as well as by you. Again, though, make sure that you are not bullying in turn: “I’ve got this whole group of people here who back me up, so you’d better back down.”

One hopes that bullying does not rise to the level of needing to be called out before the whole church, but when the behavior of one person or a small group threatens to sabotage the ministry of an entire congregation, it may be necessary to tell them in love that certain behaviors will not be tolerated, even in church. This is not a matter of saying that the church doesn’t love them unless they straighten up (remember Jesus’ attitude toward Gentiles and tax collectors?). This is a matter of being together in one Body, and working to make sure that every member of the Body has the opportunity to live up to the image and likeness of God in whom we were created.

– reprinted with permission from the June 2014 editions of the St. Saviour’s Voice and The Net Tender

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Discerning next steps: International Mission Trips for Maine Youth

by the Rev. Ralph Moore, Rockland

Photo 3_0As our congregations try to keep up with the rapidly widening global awareness of our society, the concept of “mission” poses as one of our most exciting challenges. A former era’s understanding of mission is difficult to overcome. We sing hymns and sometimes interpret scriptures in a way that easily reinforces a traditional kind of “us” and “them” duality–that is, we who have much are called to help those who have little.

While there is some factual truth in such contrasts between situations among people living in poverty and those living with material advantage, a more profound reality still yearns to be discovered: the common humanity shared by all, within which all participants are equally learners and servants committed to a single faithfulness to truth and love.

One new mission resource calls this goal “transformational,” for “we need each other to fully comprehend God.” Therefore, just as the word “mission” is rooted in the ancient Latin notion of “sending” (like a missile), we are increasingly aware that each of us is called to be “sent” from where we are across many different boundaries where we are needed not as outside experts but as inside companions.

In this sense, right here in a small town in Maine the boundary to cross may be the threshold of a neighbor’s home wherein there may be a world as different from our own as there might be in a rural village in Latin America. As we ponder what it is to be “mission” for faithful Christians that enjoy the abundance of life in the United States, the possibilities are as numerous as they are scintillating.

On the evening of May 1 a significant and inspiring conversation about these challenges took place in our diocese.

Fourteen women and men, youth and older persons, engaged in a discernment meeting about international mission for teens. Many of us had been involved in one or more missions in the village of Jalonga, Dominican Republic, a relationship that has been nurtured for more than a decade. Others had served in mission in Haiti, Vietnam, India, Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Myanmar. The meeting quickly moved into reflections on past experiences in Jalonga and then into a process of discernment about the prospect of another group to be formed now to serve in Jalonga in 2015.

This opened up such questions as whether opportunities different from Jalonga ought to be considered in the more distant future. I feel that the most critical aspects of a contemporary theology of mission were carefully considered in the flow of this dialogue. Five of us had not been part of this program and were invited because we had experience as missionaries abroad. I know that we all felt at home and encouraged by the faithfulness and wisdom that emerged in this gathering.

Discernment it truly was, and I pray that we will all support the efforts of Jane Hartwell and the leadership group as they that continue this process in our diocesan ministry with young people. It is really the same dynamic that is needed to revitalize the service of our congregations in “mission.”

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For more information about the youth international mission trip in 2015, please contact Canon Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.

 

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Caring and need meet in Millinocket

by the Rev. Bob Landry
Deacon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

the Rev. Bob Landry

the Rev. Bob Landry

Last year, because of an injury I sustained in a car accident, I had time to sit and pray more often about things in my life and in my community. By community I mean my deep concern not only for my church community at St. Andrews but for the community across the Katahdin region. During these difficult economic times, I often find myself encouraging the members of St. Andrew’s that there is work for us to do to make a difference in the lives of the people of this region, despite our small size and the fact that we are an aging congregation.

One week last summer, when I was set to lead worship and preach, I thought carefully on what I was going to preach about. But, as I sat at my desk, I decided to first check to see if I had any messages on my Facebook. I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to it, but that day I did. On this occasion I saw a post from a neighbor in East Millinocket who I didn’t know well. He talked about some difficult things going on in his and his wife’s life. He was struggling to make ends meet. They had no insurance and his wife had had a stroke, resulting in a brain injury form an aneurism. The hospital was telling him he needed to arrange for his wife to return home. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills weighed upon him, and, even if he could get her home, he didn’t know how he was going to get his wife into the house without a handicapped ramp.

I asked what I could do or how I might be able to help him. I told him I would see what assistance I could find for him. My deacon’s discretionary fund is very limited and I knew I could not pay for something like a ramp, but I could help with some of the expense for materials.

So as I moved to the lessons to prepare my Sunday’s sermon, I began to read Luke 10:25-37 in which Jesus is asked what must I do to inherit eternal life. He says, what is written in the law? And he answered love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. And then the man asks how do I do this. Jesus tells of the man on the road to Jericho who was robbed and beaten and of the passerby who gave all that he had to help and who promised to return with whatever more was needed to get the man on his feet. You can imagine how this hit me after hearing of my neighbor’s plight. My sermon that Sunday was about how we are to go that extra mile to help someone, a neighbor or a stranger in need and that God will bless us for what we do in his name.

As I concluded the sermon, I asked the congregation to listen to this story about my neighbor and to consider how we as a community, as small as we are, might help. The service concluded, and I processed to the back of the church after sending them out to love and serve the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia. As the people passed me, many stopped to ask to help and two men offered to do the carpentry work to build the ramp for this family. By the time I was ready to leave that morning, I had nearly $400 in hand to pay for the materials for the ramp project.
Because of the love and compassion of many in our little church, a family came to realize the love of God that was out there and that it had come near them. I called my neighbor the next Saturday to tell him we wanted to start to build and that we would have the materials delivered. There was silence on the phone and then I could hear the man weeping on the other end. He was so thankful that one little thing which was an obstacle to bringing his wife home was now going to be taken care of.

And the blessings didn’t end with this conversation. As we began to build the ramp at this man’s home, another neighbor who saw us working stopped by to ask what we were doing. I explained to him that members of St. Andrew’s wanted to help the family and that we were building this ramp so he could bring his wife home. As we talked about it, he was so moved that strangers would come and do such a thing that, before he left, he put his hand out to me to shake my hand and when his hand moved away there was another hundred dollars. It was just as people had done at church on Sunday morning, and, with that, there it was enough to pay for the project.

You may think your church is too small or the people are too old or you don’t have the resources, but remember it is God who provides. We only need to be aware of what is around us and look for God to bless us with what is needed to do the work. There is great need at every turn and if we just take the time to listen to the world around us, there something that each of us can do to make a difference in the world. I am so blessed by the generosity and sacrifice of others that showed the Gospel so clearly and so close to home: a simple act of kindness can change the lives of two people…and more. It changes our lives too.

 

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A member of the team: the Committee on Indian Relations

by Nicholas N. Smith
St. Paul’s, Brunswick
Diocesan Committee on Indian Relations

In 1950 I was a history major at the University of Maine. My advisor suggested that I work on Maine Indian history. There was little published material available. I decided that I would have to go the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy to learn about their history. One day I went to see Penobscot Chief Albert Nicola and observed his high school grandson reading a state directive to him. Education on Indian Island had little improvement since 1840 when Chief Joseph Polis struggled to improve Maine Indian education. Passamaquoddy schools were no better and I heard many, many complaints about it. I took the complaints to Gov. Cross who listened and took some action. Their present day schools didn’t get started until about another 30 years.

In the 1940s returning veterans saw their rights strangled by the Maine Welfare Dept that had been charged to care for Indians. In 1957 a young Chief Francis Ranco, a former Marine, was determined to tackle Maine Indian right. With a Marine buddy, now a lawyer, he promised to take the Penobscot case to the UN. International Law required that had to meet minimum governmental requirements for a nation. The Penobscot did not meet these requirements. I was asked to do research to remake the Penobscot government meet the standard. The UN Human Rights Committee’s only power was to recommend that the Human Rights Committee accept the Penobscot’s case. It took 25 years for the case to come before all the UN member nations. They voted it down. A generation passed. Who remembered?

Employment opportunities took me elsewhere. Each change in job and place opened up new opportunities to support Maine Indians. I felt that while I could forget the Indians, a Power much stronger was leading me on to greater and wider opportunities to get to know them better and support them. One way to support them was to write articles in an effort to educate the public including a column in the Bar Harbor Times. I spoke to school classes including Indian historical events that occurred in their region, and offered information not included in their school texts.

I became more impressed with a people who have been documented as living in Maine for 12,000 years and who maintained environmental standards guaranteeing an abundance of food for the following year. There was no need for game laws until after the greedy, wasteful strangers first as visitors and as settlers on their lands. Successful Indian hunters cut what they wanted from their quarry and took the rest to a bark structure where any one needing food was welcome to take what they wanted. Still today food is commonly shared, especially with the elders and disabled. Although the young hunter was trained to be self-sufficient, he was to take his place in a community noted for sharing and caring.

When I learned that our Episcopal Diocese of Maine had created a Committee for Indian Relations I happily joined it thinking how much more could be done by a group than by a solitary person. It seems to me that joining such a group could be compared to a person joining a baseball club knowing nothing about the game. Maine Indians have proudly retained their customs and traditions into the twenty-first century. One must be willing to learn to respect the differences of their way of life just as the ball player must learn how to play his position but also create team togetherness with all the other members of the team.

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