OPEN HOUSE: How Compassion Leads to Peace Within and Without
Jun
24
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: How Compassion Leads to Peace Within and Without

An Open House for prospective students and the curious. 

Come learn about how to recognize and surrender to love as an essential step to finding peace.  Also learn how befriending resistance and welcoming both the unwelcome and the unknown help us to become more compassionate beings.  

Arline Saturdayborn, class of 2014, will talk about her journey towards living a compassionate life and the gifts and challenges this presents.  Also hear from Dean Katie Payson about the program and what you can expect as a student at ChIME.

RSVP suggested but not required at alaena@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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ChIME's 17th Annual Convocation
Sep
7
to Sep 8

ChIME's 17th Annual Convocation

ChIME's new and returning students will gather to kick off the new school year with celebration, scholarship and community.  Faculty and students spend Saturday learning and sharing. On Sunday, ChIME grads are invited in the afternoon for rituals and traditional welcoming all students.

OPEN TO ACCEPTED STUDENTS AND GRADS ONLY.

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ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: Interfaith as a Way of Life
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: Interfaith as a Way of Life

Join Patricia Ellen, Abbess, and Katie Payson, Dean of Students for an Online Open House held over Zoom.

The focus will be on the possible blended learning option for those who live too far away for the traditional program. Blended learning will combine weekly online classes (over Zoom) and monthly in person workshops. Registration is required - please contact Katie Payson to register.

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OPEN HOUSE: Photography as a Spiritual Practice
May
20
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Photography as a Spiritual Practice

Community Chaplains Needed Now: An Open House for prospective students and the curious. 

Join professional photographer Rev Joanne Arnold ‘13 in exploring how vision is a form of listening  and how showing up with the camera can become part of our chaplaincy: from witnessing the world to forging relationships, from reflection to connection. A member of ChIME's Faculty will also be there to answer your questions.  RSVP suggested but not required at alaena@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

CLICK HERE TO SEE JOANNE AT HER TEDxDIRIGO TALK

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

Help, Thanks, Wow:
The Three Essential Prayers


Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Susan Hamlett, Jennifer Barton, and Seth Hurd.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email alaena@chimeofmaine.org.

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INDIGENOUS AND INTERSPIRITUAL TEACHINGS with Sherri Mitchell & Bob Atkinson
May
4
9:30 AM09:30

INDIGENOUS AND INTERSPIRITUAL TEACHINGS with Sherri Mitchell & Bob Atkinson

How are timeless and universal spiritual teachings critical to the issues of our day?

What signs are evident today of a unifying global movement?

Drawing from their recent books, Sherri Mitchell (Sacred Instructions) and Bob Atkinson (The Story of Our Time) apply spiritual teachings and principles from their own traditions to explore how identity, transformation, and oneness are central concepts illustrating that, beyond the illusion of separation, humanity is moving toward the realization of the interconnectedness of all things. 

REGISTER HERE

Sherri Mitchell, author of Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation. She received her Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Indigenous People's Law and Policy from the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. She is an alumna of the American Indian Ambassador program, and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program. She is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of indigenous rights and the preservation of the indigenous way of life. Sherri speaks and teaches around the world on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, spiritual activism and transformational change. Sherri is also the co-host of Love (and revolution) Radio, a syndicated radio program that highlights stories of heart-based activism and revolutionary spiritual change. 

Robert Atkinson, Ph.D. in cross-cultural developmental psychology, is the author of nine books, including the 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, as well as Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969 (2019), Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012), and The Gift of Stories (1995). He is an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, a pioneer in the techniques of personal mythmaking and soul-making, a member of Evolutionary Leaders (www.evolutionaryleaders.net), professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, and director of StoryCommons. www.robertatkinson.net

$75 fee; half price for ChIME graduates

REGISTER HERE or FMI contact alaena@chimeofmaine.org

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OPEN HOUSE: The Student Journey Through ChIME
Apr
29
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: The Student Journey Through ChIME

Join ChIME grad Angie Arndt '07 for an exploration of the student experience from first contact with ChIME to Ordination. Angie will share from her years with ChIME as a student, Adminstrator, and as the former Dean of Students. The two themes that students explore over the two year program, Way of Contemplation and Way of Action, are intricate to the ChIME journey and participants will have a chance to reflect on where these themes might take them in their own lives.

A great evening for help with your own  discernment process, current Dean Katie Payson will also be present to answer any questions about how to apply and other logistical questions about the program. RSVP suggested but not required at alaena@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

Solitude, Community, Ministry

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Lisa Steele-Maley, Knowles Wentworth, and Greg Grigsby.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email alaena@chimeofmaine.org.

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ENNEAGRAM with Michael Naylor
Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

ENNEAGRAM with Michael Naylor

Do you want to work more smoothly and joyfully in teams and within your family?

Would you like to bring your physical, mental and emotional selves into alignment?

Are you looking for spiritual awakening?

The Enneagram - which identifies the Nine Types of Personality - is a psycho-spiritual tool with its ancient roots in Egyptian culture. It is a profound map to accessing your true nature and your deep spirituality. By utilizing the wisdom of the Enneagram one can begin to transform patterns of emotional and psychological rigidity and become more present to self and others, whether as a caregiver or in personal relationships. (Includes 6 contact hours for Continuing Education for Social Workers.)

$75 fee; half price for graduates; REGISTER HERE or for more information contact alaena@chimeofmaine.org

Michael Naylor, M.Ed., CPCC, LADC, CCS - is a facilitator, coach and teacher with a special emphasis on the Enneagram tool as a method of self-awareness and accelerator of team effectiveness and productivity.  He is a Professional International Enneagram Association Teacher and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI. His work focuses on psychological & emotional transformation, health and wellness, creative self-expression, embodiment of life purpose, and recovery from addictions of all kinds, a topic where he has over 30 years’ experience.

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OPEN HOUSE: Supporting Truth, Healing and Change
Mar
25
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Supporting Truth, Healing and Change

Community Chaplains Needed Now! Supporting Truth, Healing and Change: An Open House for prospective students and the curious. 

Rev. Susan Howe ‘14 will share her chaplain’s work with The Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Social justice can take many forms, sometimes in less visible forms than the rally or march. Bearing witness to someone's truth can begin the process of healing. For many disenfranchised people, listening to their story is the first step. Sharing and supporting efforts to bring the truth out builds community awareness. When the community has new knowledge and awareness, the seeds of change begin.

A member of ChIME's Faculty will also be there to answer your questions.  RSVP suggested but not required at alaena@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

A More Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Janet Fournier, Cynthia Chatis, and Rick Arn.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email alaena@chimeofmaine.org.

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OPEN HOUSE: Death and Dying as a Spiritual Practice
Feb
25
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Death and Dying as a Spiritual Practice

Community Chaplains Needed Now: An Open House for prospective students and the curious. 

Throughout our lives we recognize milestones and important events. We plan for weddings, graduations and birthdays, but we resist thinking about and planning for our death. End of life can be tricky, but there are ways to help ensure that in your last days you are surrounded by loved ones and that you are at peace.

Join Rev. Priscilla Platt ‘05 in a discussion of how to navigate the bewildering medical world at the end of life, and increase our chances for a peaceful death. A member of ChIME's Faculty will also be there to answer your questions.  RSVP suggested but not required at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

  • ChIME at The Portland New Church (map)
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Return to Light, Return to Love

Come now, whoever you may be.


Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Robin Jellis and Jake Fahey.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

TITLE TO COME

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Nancy Findlan, Michael Mooney, and Morgan Rowe.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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BUDDHISM AND THE ART OF MEDITATION with Lopon Liz Monson
Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

BUDDHISM AND THE ART OF MEDITATION with Lopon Liz Monson

Join Lopon Liz Monson and ChIME students in Portland in learning more about Buddhism and its practice in this day-long workshop. $75 fee; half price for ChIME grads. FMI read below, then:

REGISTER HERE or FMI call 207-347-6740

Lopon Liz Monson, PhD., and Spiritual Co-director of Natural Dharma Fellowship, a Buddhist non-profit organization based in New England, will take participants on a journey through the centuries-old tradition of Buddhism. This daylong workshop will begin with an overview of the Buddhist tradition; what it is, how it developed, some of its main doctrines and philosophies, and its relevance for living well in our modern 21st century changing world. The course will also include an experiential component focusing on the practice of meditation as an art of being.

Some of the questions we will ask include: How can meditation help to ease painful habitual reactions, tensions, and emotional patterns? How can it serve as a source of resilience, clarity, and peace for negotiating the demands of daily life and the challenges of our changing world? How can finding a place of stillness and silence inside ourselves enable us to take a break from the endless cycle of doing and learn how to simply be?

Because many forms of meditation originate from the Buddhist traditions of south, east and central Asia, we will explore what it means to let go of the constant urge to do in order to relax into the spacious, vivid, healing and ever-changing state of being. This part of the course will include meditation instructions and practice to help us to access and live from the simplicity of being present with things as they are and with ourselves as we are. Together, we will practice meditation as an art of being.

This daylong workshop on Buddhism and the Art of Meditation is open to all, and suitable for anyone interested in learning more about the Buddhist tradition from its historical and philosophical foundations to its practical application to daily life through the practice of meditation. Come join us on a journey to discover how to let go of human doing and learn how to relax into human being, whether you are interested in starting a meditation practice or in enriching and rejuvenating an existing one or if you are simply interested in learning more about the ancient tradition of Buddhism.

 

Lopon Elizabeth  Monson, PhD., Harvard University

Spiritual Co-Director, Natural Dharma Fellowship

Managing Teacher, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

www.wonderwellrefuge.org

elizabeth@naturaldharma.org

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SPIRIT ON THE WING: MUSIC and DANCE AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE with Rev Craig Werth '17 and Rev Laurence Miller '13
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

SPIRIT ON THE WING: MUSIC and DANCE AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE with Rev Craig Werth '17 and Rev Laurence Miller '13

Join ChIME graduates, Rev Craig Werth ‘17 and Rev Laurence Miller ’13 for a multi-faceted workshop in the power and accessibility of both music and dance for spiritual practice and creative expression. Both men have deep professional experience as performing artists, teachers, and spiritual leaders. They share a passion for bringing these expressive arts into everyday life for anyone who has the desire to participate. Experience in either art form is not at all necessary, nor is athletic ability. This will be an interactive workshop.  $75 fee; ChIME grads half-price.

REGISTER HERE or FMI contact admin@chimeofmaine.org

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OPEN HOUSE: Dancing With the Divine with Rev Laurence Miller '13
Jan
28
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Dancing With the Divine with Rev Laurence Miller '13

Community Chaplains Needed Now: An Open House for prospective students and the curious…

1-2-cha-cha-cha 3-4-cha-cha-cha. Yes! Chaplain’s do Cha Cha! Song, music and dance are often tools for spiritual growth and personal expression. For those folks who imagine themselves ‘not nimble’, sometimes the invitation to dance is avoided or skipped, leaving a feeling of being forgotten or not belonging.  Laurence will share his story on how he became a Chaplain after many years as a professional dancer. He has created tools that he uses as a Chaplain in residential care facilities and as a Minister behind the pulpit. Come hear his story, all are welcome!

A member of ChIME's Faculty will also be there to answer your questions.  RSVP suggested but not required at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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CANCELED: INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

CANCELED: INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

  • ChIME at The Portland New Church (map)
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**Unfortunately, due to the coming storm, this service has been canceled. Please join us for another upcoming worship service, open house, or workshop. Stay safe and stay warm!**

TITLE TO COME

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Abigail Adams, Laurel Ladd and Fran Liautaud.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

  • ChIME at The Portland New Church (map)
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“CELEBRATION OF NEW LIGHT”

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Mary Anne Totten, Nancy Winterbottom and Bruce Trask.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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MODERN MYSTICS
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

MODERN MYSTICS

MODERN MYSTICS

When: Monday, November 26 from 6:00-7:30pm

Where: ChIME, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland (The Portland New Church building)

FMI: admin@chimeofmaine.org or call 207-347-6740; www.chimeofmaine.org

Free, reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome

 The public is invited to a free evening on modern mysticism at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) on November 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  The Revs. Guan DoJo, Corinne Martin and Cathy Grigsby will present.  "Any authentic mystical opening brings us a sense of wonder, a freedom from time's fury and anxiety and a more marvelous universe and a far vaster identity than anything we could begin to intuit with our ordinary senses and consciousness," says author Andrew Harvey. 

Starting from that premise, our panel invites participants to: “Come find out what and who a modern mystic is: it may be you.  We will explore mystics of the past and present, in an evening with Rumi, Hildegarde von Bingen, Jesus, Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhardt… and us.  We'll explore questions such as: Who were the mystics? What is a mystic? What does the modern mystic look like? Act like? How does ChIME's curriculum support the modern mystic?”  RSVP suggested but not required.

 

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

  • ChIME at The Portland New Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TITLE TO COME

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Lou Lessard and Krista Meinersmann.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service to come.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS Workshop with Dana Sawyer
Nov
3
9:30 AM09:30

ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS Workshop with Dana Sawyer

ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS Workshop with Dana Sawyer

At the Center for Grieving Children
555 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101
$75 fee; register by contacting ChIME at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740

Dana Sawyer, former professor of religious studies at Maine College of Art (MECA), will present an overview of the Abrahamic Traditions: the origins of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, including methods of comparative analysis of religious practices. Learn how the three are connected and how they developed into three distinct paths.

Professor Sawyer teaches courses in philosophy and taught world religions for MECA while sharing his wisdom with ChIME for years.  He authored the biography of Huston Smith (author of The World Religions) titled "Wisdomkeeper" as well as a biography on Aldous Huxley. He has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has lectured at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Banaras Hindu University, the University of Riga, Latvia, the Huntington Library, and at colleges at conferences throughout the U.S.

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INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE

TITLE TO COME

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Circe MacDonald, Anne Gresinger and Niki Norman.


Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


More on this service after our students return in September to plan for the coming year.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

ANNUAL FALL CLEAN UP TO FOLLOW SERVICE!  BRING A RAKE, GLOVES AND SOME FOOD TO SHARE FOR A LIGHT POTLUCK LUNCH.  THEN OUTSIDE TO CLEAN IN COMMUNITY!

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OMcoming & Planetary Chaplain Award
Oct
20
5:30 PM17:30

OMcoming & Planetary Chaplain Award

All are welcome for this annual friend-raising event! Come for community, join our graduates and celebrate our 2018 Planetary Chaplain awardee: Champion for peace, economic/social justice, and the environment, Anne D. "Andy" Burt.

5:30 - Social / Community
6:00 - Light Supper & Dessert
7:00 - Award Presentation to Andy - her film clip to be shown!

$20 Suggested Donation; please RSVP below

REGISTER HERE

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ChIME's 15th Annual Convocation
Sep
8
to Sep 9

ChIME's 15th Annual Convocation

ChIME's new and returning students will gather to kick off the new school year with celebration, scholarship and community.  Faculty and students spend Saturday learning and sharing. On Sunday, ChIME grads are invited in the afternoon for rituals and traditional welcoming all students.

OPEN TO ACCEPTED STUDENTS AND GRADS ONLY.

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OPEN HOUSE: Community Chaplains Needed Now
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Community Chaplains Needed Now

An Open House in New Hampshire (Seacoast location TBD) for prospective students and the curious.  Join Rev. Craig Werth (ChIME Class of 2017) and member of ChIME's Faculty, as he discusses his chaplaincy and how ChIME gave him the tools to succeed. RSVP required at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740 for location.

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OPEN HOUSE: Community Chaplains Needed Now
Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: Community Chaplains Needed Now

An Open House for prospective students and the curious.  Join Rev Jeffery Logan (ChIME Class of 2015) as he discusses his homeless outreach chaplaincy and how ChIME gave him the tools to succeed.  A member of ChIME's Faculty will also be there to answer your questions.  RSVP suggested but not required at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

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RESCHEDULED Interfaith Worship Service
Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

RESCHEDULED Interfaith Worship Service

FINDING YOUR VOICE


Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Diana Huffman, Rick Arn, and Susan Hamlett.

Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

THIS SERVICE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN APRIL
AND CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

Look for more details the week before or call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

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Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month
May
20
10:30 AM10:30

Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month

THE LANGUAGE OF CONNECTION

Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students
Leslie Manning, Shirley Parker, and Lisa Steele-Maley.

Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.


Silence is practiced in many faith traditions and has been of great value to each of us through our first ChIME year. Join us for reflection and celebration of the seasons past and in preparation for the sacred pause of summer.


For more details call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

SPRING CLEAN UP TO FOLLOW SERVICE!  BRING A RAKE, GLOVES AND SOME FOOD TO SHARE FOR A LIGHT POTLUCK LUNCH.  THEN OUTSIDE TO CLEAN IN COMMUNITY!

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