White Supremacy in 2021: Putting Violent Extremists on Trial
Tuesday, May 25th — 7:00 pm ET
Click here to watch Conscience and Hope live stream; a panel discussion on how the principles and teachings of different faith traditions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) aid their followers’ discernment on political issues, especially in a an election year. Featuring Bishop Robert Deeley & Suzanne Lafreniere (Catholic Diocese of Portland), Rev. Jane Field (Maine Council of Churches), Rabbi Carolyn Braun (Temple Beth El), and Councilman Pious Ali. Sponsored by the Saint Joseph’s College Center for Faith and Spirituality.
The Maine Council of Churches was a signatory to the following letter, written by Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison, that appeared in the Bangor Daily News on September 15. We encourage all faith leaders to add their names by joining the statement at MaineTogetherInFaith.com.
As our nation’s attention is turned to the race-based oppression and privilege that plague us, many in the white community are seeking ways to stand in trustworthy solidarity with our siblings of color. We at the Maine Council of Churches, whose denominations, clergy and congregants are predominantly white, would like to offer an opportunity for white people of faith and good will to simply STOP—in contemplative, prayerful, humble silence—and LISTEN to the voices of people of color—to the truth, pain, judgment, and prophetic calls to action those voices are speaking. Each week this summer, we will publish a link to a short excerpt from a video, radio broadcast or podcast, along with some biographical information about the speaker. It is our hope that this spiritual discipline of listening will lead to transformative awareness and action.