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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.
Resource Sharing and Support for Maine Churches Providing Social Services During the COVID-19 Emergency
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Today we are releasing “At the Threshold: Congregations and Their Buildings in the Time of COVID-19,” a set of recommendations for Maine’s churches as they begin discerning how and when to re-open their buildings for in-person worship services.
Interactive webinar for clergy and funeral directors to discuss funeral protocols during and after the pandemic
On Friday, May 8, MCC hosted an interactive webinar for Maine funeral professionals and clergy to discuss funerals and grief in a time of COVID19. Click here to watch the recording.
An open letter to Governor Janet Mills and Dr. Nirav Shah and to Maine’s churches and the clergy who serve them,
The Maine Council of Churches, on behalf of our seven member denominations, their 437 congregations and 55,000
Like you, we at the Maine Council of Churches have only had a short time to receive and consider Governor Mills’ April 27 announcement that as of Sunday, May 1, “limited,
Our member denominations are doing an extraordinary job of supporting their congregations during this emergency. We encourage you to rely on your denomination’s resources for guidance and support:
They are offering excellent podcasts, prayer huddles and webinars for clergy and people of faith. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their webpage “Creativity, Compassion and the Coronavirus”: BTS Coronavirus Response
The Red Cross is seeking both immediate donors and intermediate donors. You can go to redcross.org and click on the donate button and the website will direct you to a donation center. Please encourage faith communities
On Tuesday, March 24, MCC hosted an online meeting for clergy and lay leaders of churches in Maine who run programs like food and essentials pantries, clothing closets, shelters, soup kitchens and community meals, all of whom are facing significant challenges in continuing to operate these vitally important services during the COVID-19 crisis.