2021 Faith Based Advocacy Series

Our upcoming four-part online series is designed to inspire and equip Mainers of faith to become advocates for public policies that promote peace built with justice and justice guided by love.  Each session will include worship (led by Rev. Sara Ewing Merrill), engaging interactive discussions featuring theologians, policy experts and legislators, and opportunities to develop real-world skills and practice in speaking about policy with the voice of faith.

Cost is $10 per session or $30 for all sessions.
Churches that register 5 or more participants – $100 flat fee.
For those for whom this cost would be prohibitive, we are happy to provide scholarship assistance. To request a scholarship please call 207-772-1918. For those who are able to afford more, we would gratefully accept your donations to help us defray costs.

Tuesdays, 6pm to 7:30pm

February 23 – Who Invited God to Augusta? A look at the theological and scriptural foundations for doing faith-based advocacy work, including case studies of recent legislation in Maine where this work had an impact.

March 16 – Process and Perspectives An overview of the legislative process in Maine and the importance of using non-traditional lenses for analyzing proposed policies’ impact on people of color, women, and those experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty.

April 6 – The Legislative Landscape This Session Hear from policy experts and MCC partner organizations about specific bills before the legislature and how you can make a difference in their outcomes.

April 27 – Practice, Practice, Practice Former Maine state legislators will reflect on their experiences in Augusta and offer advice to faith-based advocates on how to be most effective.  They will also hold a mock committee hearing to provide participants with the chance to present testimony and receive feedback on how their message was received.

We hope you’ll join us!