MCC in the News

Funerals During the Pandemic: Challenges in How To Conduct Funerals During Covid Crisis

The way that funerals are being conducted has been altered significantly due to COVID-19. We’ll discuss the impacts these changes have had on families and on the funeral industry. Click here to Listen Jim Fernald, funeral director, Brookings-Smith… Read More

MCC Executive Director appears in a new PSA by Maine’s Human Rights Commission

‘Unity, solidarity, and peace,’ Maine Council of Churches calls for candlelight vigil in response to Capitol riots

The Maine Council of Churches invited people to light a candle outside their home for 15 minutes at 7 p.m. Author: Chris CostaPublished: 9:35 PM EST January 6, 2021Updated: 9:35 PM EST January 6, 2021 PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Council… Read More

Sanford pastor continues to defy state and local orders aimed to control virus spread

by The Maine Monitor September 27, 2020 SANFORD — Yellow caution tape winds around empty playgrounds, ball fields and basketball courts. Schools, no longer safe for in-person learning, are shut down. Outbreaks at social clubs, schools, fire departments and… Read More

MCC Executive Dir. Jane Field appeared on Saint Joseph’s college podcast “The Grace of Community in a Time of Crisis”

In this episode we discuss how faith communities can remain resilient in a time of crisis. The guest is Rev. Jane Field. Rev. Field is the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Windham, Maine. She is also the… Read More

Indoor religious services can resume, but many faith communities will wait

By Gillian Graham, Staff writer, Portland Press Herald, May 29, 2020 Maine religious organizations are now allowed to hold indoor worship services, the latest step forward in the state’s reopening plan. But many congregations aren’t rushing to gather… Read More

MCC Executive Dir. Jane Field appeared on WGME channel 13 news to discuss Gov Mills’ release on Friday of guidelines for churches who wish to resume in-person worship inside their buildings.

PORTLAND (WGME) – Governor Mills announced late Friday that churches and places of worship can start holding services again, starting May 29, but with new rules in place. Gov. Mills releases prevention checklist for religious gatherings Faith leaders… Read More

Governor Mills quotes MCC at press conference

Catholic churches in Maine will hold drive-in Masses

By Gilliam Graham, Staff Writer for the Portland Press Herald, April 29, 2020 Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that churches could hold drive-in services starting May 1, but some congregations are sticking with online services for now. Catholic… Read More

Faith Communities Adapt to COVID-19: How Different Religious Groups Are Reacting To the Crisis

By Cindy Han • Apr 7, 2020 How are people in Maine of different faiths adapting to the changes brough on by COVID-19? Major religious holidays are being marked in new ways during the current crisis. We talk… Read More