Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice (MENJ) invites Episcopalians and all others who are committed to working toward justice and peace for all people and public policies that respect the dignity of every human being, both in the State of Maine, the United States, and the world. Members of this group work, with God's help, to affirm the essential relationship between what we believe and how we live.
Maine State House Legislative Resources
The new legislature is in the process of getting themselves organized and ready for the challenges ahead. Committee assignments are in place and you can find them here.
The Weekly Legislative Report is a valuable tool to monitor new bills as they are released from the Revisor's office and referred to a committee of jurisdiction for public hearing later in the session.
The Legislative Calendar lists all public hearings and work sessions as legislation moves through the process.
The hope for MENJ is based on a belief that people of faith have a unique voice to share on the real crises that many Mainers experience every day. MENJ will work with ecumenical, Interfaith, and community partners on common concerns through the legislative process. MENJ will work to implement social policy teachings and commitments of the Episcopal Church at the statewide and local levels through engaging grassroots leadership in the 60 congregations across Maine through training and information sessions.
We will focus our advocacy, organizing, and education efforts on the Gospel imperatives: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, welcoming the stranger, freeing the captive, ministering to the sick, caring for creation, and giving voice to the most vulnerable among us.
We invite Maine Episcopalians to participate in a number of ways:
Invite John Hennessy, director of MENJ to come to your church (your Vestry or Bishop's Committee or an education forum or during announcements) to talk about the Network and answer questions about important issues in Maine, including the upcoming legislative session. Be in touch with John to set a date at .
Join the MENJ Facebook group for news, links, and events.
Sign up for the MENJ's monthly email newsletter and for occasional urgent action e-bulletins.
Another great step, to be up-to-date on national and international issues related to peace and justice, is to join the Episcopal Public Policy Network.
Through engaging in analysis, education, advocacy, and through supporting members, congregations, and Jubilee Centers and other social ministry organizations in their call to public witness, MENJ seeks to help fulfill God's vision of justice among God's people and Jesus' call to care for our neighbors.
Read Bishop Lane's invitation to MENJ here.
Learn how it got started on the New Northeast blog.
Download Alexia Salvetierra's presentation at the Faith-Rooted Organizing Workshop as a PDF here.
Photo album from the spring 2016 advocacy training event at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland
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Op-Eds by Bishop Stephen T. Lane
"Let us confront violence with love" Lewiston Sun Journal, November 1, 2016 (paywall)
"Raising the minimum wage is a matter of justice and hope"Portland Press Herald, October 29, 2016
"Holy Week is a good time to remember not to persecute the innocent,"Portland Press Herald, March 23, 2016.
"We're at risk of repeating history when we fear people based on religion" Bangor Daily News, December 17, 2015, with Mr. Reza Jalali
"As a nation, we are failing to keep ourselves safe" Portland Press Herald, December 10, 2015
"Fear shouldn't compel lawmakers to due away concealed carry permits" Bangor Daily News, May 27, 2015
"Acceptance key to ending fear, despair" Portland Press Herald, November 23, 2014, with Mr. Reza Jalali
"Laws that are low-hanging fruit can protect Maine, other states from gun violence" Bangor Daily News, June 14, 2014
"Guns and domestic violence can't be separated" Bishops United Against Gun Violence
"Treat Maine budget as a moral document" Bangor Daily News, May 30, 2013, with Roman Catholic and UCC leaders
"No reason to fear gay couples seeking marriage rights" Bangor Daily News, October 5, 2012
"Climate Change is the most important issue of our time" Bangor Daily News, April 18, 2010