MCC Blog November 22, 2019

The Maine Council of Churches would like to add its voice to that of Professor Abe Peck of USM (Portland Press Herald, November 9, 2019) in denouncing a group that purports to be “Christian” but hides behind a cloak of anonymity to spew hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and xenophobia that in no way resembles the Christianity we embrace and practice.
The five member denominations of our Council who are Christian (Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), Methodist, Presbyterian (PCUSA) and United Church of Christ) proclaim our faithful trust in God as revealed to us through Jesus of Nazareth: a God whose love is so fierce and powerful it overcomes even death, a God who affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every human being and who anoints us to do justice and walk humbly, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to stand in solidarity with those whom society casts out to the margins, and to speak the truth with compassion.  That is what being Christian means to us. 
We give thanks for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (also member denominations of MCC) whose faith compels them to live out a deep and abiding commitment to building peace with justice and guiding justice with love. 
Together, our Council’s seven member denominations offer our support and solidarity to all those targeted by hate groups masquerading as so-called “Christians” and we call on all people of faith and all people of good will to do the same.
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