An Update on the Transition as we Seek a new Dean

February 23, 2023

Sam Allen, Senior Warden The Cathedral is at the beginning of a multi-stage transition process as we seek a new Dean to succeed Dean Shambaugh. For the immediate future, The Rev. Paul St. Germain, Transition Priest-in-Charge, is our clergy leader. Paul has a half-time appointment with us and also serves part-time at Trinity Church, Lewiston. […]

The Art of Slowing Down to Say Thank You

February 16, 2023

 A Reflection by Avery Schott, Oftentimes, each of you are emailing me with the privilege and honor of highlighting your ministries within the church and the wider community. As I receive your entries and begin the process of proofing, formatting, posting to the website, and sending out our newsletter, I am fortunate enough to learn […]

“…a very Anglican: ‘Yes, and…”

February 2, 2023

A Reflection from Transition Priest in Charge, The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain Ecclesiastes famously speaks of “seasons” in life. As residents of an area where seasons are both celebrated and endured, we may ask ourselves the characteristics of this season of transition St. Luke’s is entering. Will it be busy, hectic, filled with new […]

Attending the White House and the Signing of the Respect for Marriage Act

December 14, 2022

Last Friday, December 9, I received the most surprising email of my life, from the the White House Social Office. I was invited to the Signing of the Respect for Marriage Act. I knew why I’d received it: I’ve devoted decades of work for LGBTQ+ inclusion and justice, including Chairing the Religious Coalition for the […]

The Joy of Advent

December 8, 2022

A Reflection by Dean Shambaugh It was getting late. We were most of the way through a two-hour rehearsal and people were getting tired, tripping over tempo changes, and making simple mistakes. There was only a dress rehearsal left before two concerts and we just weren’t gelling. The conductor looked at us and asked, “Do […]

Did you know that December 6 (not December 25) is St Nicholas’ Day? 

December 7, 2022

A Piece by Dean Shambaugh, Did you know that December 6 (not December 25) is St Nicholas’ Day?  St. Nicholas is a 4th century bishop of Myrna (in Turkey) who was known for his generosity, particularly in one story of giving gold coins to young children.  Brought to America by Dutch colonialists and immortalized in […]

A New Face – and Ministry: The Rev. Christopher Worthley

November 17, 2022

It is such a pleasure to join the wonderful and welcoming community here at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke! Since first arriving here with my husband, Christian Clough, the Cathedral’s new Canon for Liturgy and Music, I have felt the amazing energy, character, and commitment of this holy place. With Dean Shambaugh’s encouragement, I […]

What is St. Elizabeth’s Pantry

November 11, 2022

St. Elizabeth’s is a low-barrier pantry serving non-food essentials to all those in need, including new Mainers and Mainers whose families have been here for generations.  It is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  St. Luke’s generously shares their space with the Pantry. Each Tuesday morning the pantry is opened in the portico […]

Why do I volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry? A testimonial by Martha Parshley

November 11, 2022

Written by Martha Parshley, A St. Luke’s Parishioner and a St. Elizabeth’s Volunteer I have been volunteering at St. E’s since I retired. That makes it ten years now. Highlighting the Pantry for St. Luke’s has made me think about why I have been so committed to this service. What keeps me coming back. I […]

Why St. E’s: A Testimonial by Elizabeth Byrd Wood

November 11, 2022

A Testimonial by Elizabeth Byrd Wood, A St. Luke’s Parishioner and St. Elizabeth’s Volunteer I am a believer in “ant power.” Just like an ant colony, a collective effort by many people can bring about change.  As individuals, we can’t solve the problems of poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness single-handedly.  But by joining forces with others, we […]