Once the threat of snow – well, heavy snow – departs from New England in mid-April, events start to sprout across the diocese like new grass. Two of those events, both dealing with important topics for Maine Episcopalians, will be held on Saturday, April 27.
The diocesan Committee on Aging will host “Hidden from View: Preventing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation,” a day-long conference at St. Paul’s, Brunswick from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teams of three to five people from Maine congregations are invited to learn about what we need to know and do to keep our elders safe. Morning presenters will include Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Denis Culley, Senior Staff Attorney for Legal Services for the Elderly. A panel of elderly support service providers and members of the law enforcement community will offer their perspectives on how faith communities can help protect the elderly.
In the afternoon, teams will gather with a member of the panel to plan next steps for their local community.
Registration, including lunch catered by Wild Oats, is $12 payable at the door. Registration is required to plan a lunch count and materials. Please register here: www.tinyurl.com/agingwithspirit.
Also on Saturday, April 27, people of faith across New England will gather at Trinity Episcopal Church at Copley Square in Boston for Climate Revival 2013 (yes, you read that correctly) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This ecumenical festival hopes to “embolden the renewal of creation” with addresses from the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, and Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, will send video messages. Bishop Steve Lane will also attend the event with the Maine contingent.
Those interested in learning more are invited to come together for an inspirational day of preaching, worship, prayers, and music to celebrate the splendor of Creation, mourn its desecration, and advocate for restoration and renewal.
Organizers say, “We will call upon the Holy Spirit as we rise up to stabilize the climate and to create a better future.”
In addition to speakers, churches will have an opportunity to participate in an informational fair about their environmental ministries. A project of New England Regional Environmental Ministries, Climate Revival 2013 is a cooperative effort between the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ.
To ease the challenges of traveling to Boston, the Diocese of Maine is arranging for a bus to travel from Portland to Copley Square. The cost will be $15 per person round trip. We need 50 riders to register in order to make it happen. Please sign up at www.tinyurl.com/mainebus. If we are unable to get 50 people for the bus, your pre-paid fare will be returned to you.