At diocesan convention in October, a resolution brought forth by 12 deacons and priests, the congregations of Piscataquis County, and Diocesan Council, and subsequently passed by clergy and lay delegates, states the following:
“Resolved, that the 193rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine call upon all of its constituent committees, commissions, institutions, and congregations, to include as part of every meeting in calendar year 2013, no matter what the purpose, the following agenda item: ‘How will what we are doing here affect or involve people living in poverty?’“
To assist with this prayerful practice in the new year, the Bishop Steve Lane’s office has mailed to each congregation (and soon to each committee chair) a stack of cards to use at each gathering. The card offers an opening prayer, two questions to guide discussion, and a closing prayer. Download a sample of the card (two per sheet) here.
Click here to read the Rev. Chick Carroll’s blog post – and the lively discussion in the comments – on the origins of the resolution.