The Council’s mission is to bear witness through the people of the Diocese of Maine to the need for justice in our relations with all living things, with those on the margins who bear the brunt of climate change, and with all creation. We aim to advocate, network and inspire through education, action, and worship so that the Diocese as a whole might fulfill its calling to care for creation.
The Climate Justice Council held its first meeting in February 2021. Made up of 12 members from across the state , the Council is busy at work. Members have provided the Earth Week Liturgy you can find in the Resource Library, created a policy briefing for a meeting the Bishop attended with Senator Angus King, and drafted a climate resolution for Diocesan Convention! Legislative updates are provided by Director of Public Advocacy for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, John Hennessy, who on behalf of the Council has submitted testimony in support of LD 480, a Constitutional amendment ensuring a right for all Mainers to a healthy environment. Two members have been appointed to represent the Council on the Diocesan Justice Commission. The Council will be seeking active youth participation.
Rev. Elaine Hewes
Rev. Peter Jenks
Emily Keniston, Staff Liaison
Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair
– Creation Care, The Episcopal Church