MCC in the News

Letter to the editor: Lawmakers stand up for respectful discourse

from the Bangor Daily News, September 8, 2018 It was heartening to read that the Government Oversight Committee took the unusual step last week of demanding that Gov. Paul LePage apologize for his caustic comments about a legislator. At a… Read More

Serious Concerns Over SCOTUS Nomination Issues

Stand up for dignity
As a nonpartisan organization, the Maine Council of Churches does not support or oppose political appointees or nominees. We do speak out about principles. As Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins consider the nominee to the Supreme Court

Maine Voices: Punishment shouldn’t be used to help people fight hunger, find jobs

A Legislature that puts up barriers making it harder for people to access food is immoral and unjust. By Jane Field Special to the Press Herald, June 27, 2018 From the beginning – as in “In the beginning,”… Read More

Maine church organization expresses its outrage over separation of families at the border

Maine church organization expresses its outrage over separation of families at the border pressherald.com/2018/06/20/maine-church-organization-expresses-its-outrage-over-separation-of-families-at-the-border/ By Megan Doyle June 20, 2018 The Maine Council of Churches has issued a statement calling the Trump administration policy of separating children from… Read More

New Maine group forms to speak out against hate crimes, bias

Caroline Losneck | Maine Public Hundreds of people marched in Portland to protest racism, August 2017. By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff • June 6, 2018 11:36 am PORTLAND, Maine — A coalition of nonprofit groups has joined to create unifymaine, an… Read More

Maine Council of Churches commends Kittery transgender policy

from Seacoastonline, letters to  the editor, Posted Jun 6, 2018 at 6:25 PM June 6 — To the Editor: The seven member-denominations, along with the associate members and cooperating bodies of the Maine Council of Churches (representing 434 congregations and over 50,000 members) are… Read More

Maine diocese withdraws from Council of Churches

Michael J. O’Loughlin, national correspondent for America,  June 01, 2018 When a gunman killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub popular with the L.G.B.T. community in 2016, some members of the Maine Council of Churches wanted to issue… Read More

Catholic diocese quits Maine Council of Churches

Catholic diocese quits Maine Council of Churches from The Religion News Service 5/31/2018 By Mark A. Kellner The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, is withdrawing from the Maine Council of Churches in a bid to distance itself… Read More

Catholic diocese parts ways with the Maine Council of Churches

Bishop Robert Deeley says the council’s decision to take public stands based on majority votes by its members, rather than unanimous agreement, could leave the diocese supporting positions not grounded in the teachings of the church. By Gillian… Read More

Decrying SNAP cuts as ‘morally wrong,’ faith leaders call on Poliquin to vote against farm bill

Decrying SNAP cuts as ‘morally wrong,’ faith leaders call on Poliquin to vote against farm bill Lauren McCauley, Maine Beacon, May 9, 2017 Decrying Republican efforts to cut access to food stamps as “morally reprehensible,” dozens of faith… Read More