To speak with a prophetic voice of faith, connecting people within, through, and beyond the church to create a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.
Founded in 1938, the Maine Council of Churches is a nonprofit, ecumenical coalition of seven mainline Protestant member denominations, all of whom have their roots in Hebrew and Christian scripture. Our seven members have 435 congregations in Maine with more than 55,000 members in their care. We also have two associate member congregations who are not affiliated with a member denomination, and one cooperating body denomination.
Our mission is to inspire people within, through and beyond the church to unite in building a culture of justice, compassion, and peace. We accomplish this by:
- Offering resources and programs. From our homepage view a list of resources available on a variety of topics and issues. On our YouTube channel, you can find recordings of many of our events and programs.
- Doing faith-based advocacy for social, economic, and environmental justice, with a focus on public policy at the state legislature level. Learn more about our Public Policy Committee and the “Moral Agenda” that guides our advocacy work. Click here to see our legislative priorities for the current session. We do our advocacy in partnership with 11 official secular partner organizations such as Maine Equal Justice, Environmental Priorities Coalition, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, and others. Click here to see a complete list of our official partner organizations with links to their websites.
- Speaking in the public square with a prophetic voice of faith for justice, equity, inclusion, compassion, and peace. Click here for an archive of media coverage about MCC.
Our $145,000 annual operating budget is supported by a combination of annual donations from our member denominations and associate member churches (these donations constitute about 1/3 of our income), donations from individuals and local congregations (we rely on these for the majority of our income from donations), grants, and income from assets that are invested socially responsibly.
Our Board of Directors consists of seven representatives appointed by the member denominations and seven at-large Directors elected by the members. They are a true “working Board” and the Council would not have the capacity or impact it has without them. Click here for a list of our current Directors.
Our Staff includes an Executive Director (half-time from 2012-2021, now full-time for a designated term 2021-2024), an office administrator who works about 10 hours/week, and a bookkeeper who works 2 hours/month.
Watch our YouTube Videos “Common Ground, Common Good” to view the history of the Maine Council of Churches.