Civil Discourse

The Maine Council of Churches is pleased to present a free civil discourse symposium, From Mudslinging to Mutual Respect, featuring Senator George Mitchell, on Thursday, October 20 in Waterville. Please click here for more information or to register.

Free resource packet:
The Faithful Call for Civility in Politics – Resources for Clergy and Local Congregations (PDF)

The Board of the Maine Council of Churches believes the fate of our democracy depends upon truthful and respectful interactions among us all, especially when we hold differing views. To express this belief, we created and adopted a Covenant for Civil Discourse in December, 2009.

We invite all elected officials and candidates for public office in Maine, as well as individuals, campaigns, faith communities and other organizations engaging in issues in the public square to join us in this Covenant.

MCC Civil Discourse Covenant for Candidates for Public Office

MCC Civil Discourse Covenant for Non-Candidates

Download a list of 2014 signees of Covenant.

As part of the Council’s exploration of Civil Discourse in 2014, the Council partnered with Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a discussion of the issue on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” radio program. You can hear it at this link.

A panel discussion on Civil Discourse was cosponsored by Council and the Goldfarb Center at Colby College on Sept 18, 2014 and broadcast on MPBN’s Radio program “Speaking in Maine.”