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Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency
his year’s Convocation will invite faith leaders and faith communities to be part of a transformative response to the current climate crisis. These times require spiritually grounded leaders who embrace an active, embodied practice of hope — leaders who dismiss the paths of denial and despair and choose to live in a state of engagement. This kind of hope is different from passive optimism — it is a way of being in the world, rooted in faith, expressed in action, and sustained by contemplative practice.
Currently, federal funding helps ensure that more than 30,000 Maine households have a safe and affordable place to call home. But the demand for affordable homes in Maine far exceeds the supply. Avesta Housing and other housing organizations around the state are working to change that.
The Maine Council of Churches joins religious and ethnic communities standing up against the growing anti-semitic outrages that have been occurring at an alarming rate.The American Jewish Committee, the nation’s oldest human rights organization, has asked the American Jewish community to display stickers on their websites read that read “#Jewish and Proud.” The AJC has also asked those non-Jews who support the national protest against anti-semitism to display a similar “Ally” sticker.
We stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters.
A new movie based on a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation makes clear how much we still don’t know.
The effort is being led by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, but is open to all faith groups.
Maine Council of Churches and friends are featured in an article in this month’s “Journey” magazine, “Faith and Action: Clergy As Allies,” pp. 22-23, about the faith community’s response to substance use disorder and the overdose crisis.
The Board of Directors of the Maine Council of Churches, led by President Bonny Rodden marched in the Poor People’s Campaign March on October 10th. The MCC sign bore the Council’s emblem, a rainbow flag and the words “Dignity for All”. We walked alongside Bishop Thomas Brown, John Hennessy and others carrying the banner for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund – which uses no taxpayer dollars – should receive a full and permanent federal appropriation.
By Jane Field Special to the Press Herald, October 5, 2019
Voters, politicians and religious leaders should all recognize and respond when political rhetoric goes too far.
Maine Voices: Let’s all push for an end to the hate-spewing that fuels gun violence
On Wednesday, July 30, the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, and the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian of Washington National Cathedral, published an open letter to President Trump and to the American people entitled “Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump.”