Faith Advocacy Workshops with Maine Council of Churches
Mark your calendars for our upcoming four-part online series 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.
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.