Our Mission

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.

For more information email The Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair or staff liaison, Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation.

Episcopal Maine Climate Justice Council

The Council will fulfill its mission through:

  • Advocacy – To promote at the national, state, and Diocesan level justice issues, legislation, and social action
  • Networking and Communication – So that every parish may have resources and knowledge that promote sustainable living and to educate ourselves about other efforts being made by church or secular earth-keeping organizations
  • Spiritual Practices and Grounding – To serve as a clearinghouse for liturgical and theological resources and to promote and encourage their use so that the people of the Diocese may become more engaged in climate justice and discover a deeper relationship with God through caring for creation.

Our Work

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.

Our Members

Sarah Braik
Rev. Elaine Hewes
Rev. Peter Jenks

Emily Keniston, Staff Liaison
Marianne Pinkham
Lili Pugh

Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair
Barbara Ryland
Patricia Sprague
Stephen Ward

In Jesus, God so loved the whole world. We follow Jesus, so we love the world God loves. Concerned for the global climate emergency, drawing on diverse approaches for our diverse contexts, we commit to form and restore loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation.

– Creation Care, The Episcopal Church

Creation Care Resources