December 28, 2013

Religion Briefs


St. Dominic Academy gets $10,000 gift for iPad minis

An anonymous donor has presented St. Dominic Academy with an unsolicited check for $10,000. The money will be used to purchase 40 iPad minis for the school’s Lewiston campus (pre-K to Grade 6), located at 17 Baird St. Plans are to use the computers to teach students about the value and impact of technology in a controlled environment.


Bible college reappoints president

New England Bible College trustees have recently announced the reappointment of President Richard Francis. He has returned to the college after a year of serving with the Christian and Missionary Alliance as director of church and leadership development.

NEBC is located at First Baptist Church, 879 Sawyer St., South Portland, and offers certificates and associate and bachelor’s degrees under the authority of the state of Maine. For more information, call 799-5979 or email


Seminary, Nebraska church collaborate on pilot project

A new lay ministry development project has been established between Bangor Theological Seminary and Countryside Community Church, a United Church of Christ congregation based in Omaha, Neb., which produces the interactive Web-TV program and virtual spiritual gathering place, “Darkwood Brew.”

The Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood, executive director of the BTS Center, recently made the announcement of the collaboration. An initial two-year pilot project is expected to start in the fall of 2014 in select communities in northern New England, Omaha and on the West Coast.

The BTS Center, located in Portland, is continuing the mission of Bangor Theological Seminary, which was established in 1814, and offers alternatives to traditional degree-based theological education. For more information, go to or call 774-5212.

– From staff reports

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