Reverend Bill Barter, Vice President of the Maine Council of Churches, testified
last Tuesday in support of LD 1353 An Act To Further Reduce Student Hunger.
It was introduced by Senate President Justin Alfond and heard by the Education and
Cultural Affairs Committee. In this picture, Rev. Barter heard by Rep. Mary Nelson,
Maine Council of Churches Statement on the Boston Marathon Bombing
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people and the city of Boston following explosions near
the end of the Marathon route where thousands gathered to cheer runners over the finish line:
Those who lost loved ones, those who suffered injuries, those who wait for news, and for the
many who quickly responded to help with love. It is at times like this when so many respond
tirelessly and courageously with love that we recognize our strength as a people and a nation.
At times like this, the momentary capacity of a few to overshadow the goodness of the many
can make God seem very far away. As a community of faith, let us take comfort in the words
of the psalmist: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore
we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
The Maine Council of Churches joins our prayers with the Massachusetts Council of Churches,
and with people throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond to bring healing,
to understand, and to restore hope.
The Rev. Dr. William Barter, Vice President
Maine Council of Churches
The Maine Council of Churches is pleased to announce that Laura Burden of Portland has been hired as the Coordinator for the Council. Laura, who has a background in communications, strategic marketing and planning also serves as Membership Coordinator for her church, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church. “Laura’s skills and background make her well qualified to serve in this role,” said Leslie Manning, President of the Board to the MCC, “and we look forward to working with her to promote the work of the Council and the churches we serve”.