A year of progress

This week, I am finishing up my tenure at the Maine Council of Churches (MCC). It has been a wonderful experience to serve you as the executive director. As I reflect on the year, the MCC has made great strides. We created and launched a new web site, created a new and efficient database that allows us to reach out to our more than 600 member churches, developed new and regular social media presence and streamlined many other administrative procedures.

While all of this was happening “behind the scenes” the Council continued to be a formidable presence in advocating for justice in Maine. This work included many letters to legislators, hours of testifying at the state house, meetings with state, city and national representatives including Susan Collins, Angus King, House and Senate Leadership, Mayors and Councilors around the state and others. The MCC also had the privilege of partnering with many other powerful organizations in advocating for asylum seekers and other new Mainers. It has been a year of building strong partnerships and establishing priorities.

It has also been a year of reaching out beyond the confines of our denominations and partnering with interfaith organizations with similar missions. I have complete confidence that next year will bring the same kind of momentum and presence. Rest assured, we have some administrative staff in place to handle all of your email and phone inquiries, a Board who is continuing to work hard on issues and programming and a search committee who expects to hire a new executive director in the early fall. I am looking forward to staying involved with the Council as I invite the churches I will be serving to support and work with the Council in all future endeavors. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with all of you when I return from my sabbatical in January!