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.  

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HOW YOU CAN HELP ASYLUM SEEKERS ARRIVING IN PORTLAND

SUPPORT THE WORK OF ST. ELIZABETH'S ESSENTIALS PANTRY:  Please keep St. Elizabeth's, a Diocesan Jubilee Center serving 200 or more individuals each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees, in your prayers as they work to respond to the overwhelming needs of our new neighbors. Consider contributing financial assistance to help in these efforts. You can find their Amazon Wishlist here: http://bit.ly/StElizabethWishlist. Please ship or drop off essential items (see website and Amazon list for needs and drop-off hours) or mail checks to St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center, 134 Park Street, Portland ME 04101. Contact Martha Parshley  to volunteer or reach out to the Rev. Holly Hoffmann  or call 772-5434 with any questions.  

 

You also have the power to advocate to change the system that helped create this problem.  Do you have ideas? Concerns? Ways to make it better? Contact your legislators on both a federal, state, and local levels! Scroll down for legislators' contact info.    

 

Maine State House Legislative Resources

The new legislature is 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

 

Contact your Elected Officials

Find your Maine Representative 

Find your Maine Senator 

Senator Susan Collins  

Senator Angus King

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Dist. #1)

Rep. Jared Golden  (Dist. #2)

 

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