Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission: Our purpose for being

To advance and advocate racial justice in Maine.

Our Vision: What we desire and what compels us

To achieve a more just Maine by living into our baptism: to seek and serve Christ in all persons, respect the dignity of every human being, and transform unjust structures of society.

Episcopal Maine Racial Justice Council

Racial Justice Statement

Hear from Bishop Brown

The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown, the tenth bishop of Maine shares a statement regarding racial justice and the Episcopal Church in Maine.

Our Work

How we plan to live into our mission and achieve our vision

We will raise awareness of and address the evils of systemic racism in Maine through:

Liturgy

  • Provide liturgical resources for parishes
  • Diocesan services
  • Promote inclusion of multicultural materials as part of worship

Formation

  • Provide educational resources for parishes and individuals
  • Formation opportunities for parishes and the Diocese

Action

  • Raise awareness of opportunities for action
  • Advocate legislative measures that promote racial justice
  • Come alongside those engaged in protests for racial justice

Our Members

The Rev. Katie Holicky
she/her, St. Paul’s Brunswick, a white person in the Abenaki Territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy

The Rev. Carol L. Huntington
Retired Deacon, she/her, Grace Church, Bath, an Anglo white person living in the Abenaki Territory, Wabanaki Confederacy on the shores of the Kinipek

The Rev. Lauren Kay
they/them, St. George’s Sanford, a white person in Abenaki territory

John Hennesy
he/him, a white person living in the Abenaki Territory (Wabanaki)

Diane Potter
she/her, Christ Church Gardiner, European American, white person in Wabanaki Territory

Ted Potter
he/him, Christ Church Gardiner, European American, white person in Wabanaki Territory

June R. Smoot
she/her, St. David’s Episcopal Church-Kennebunk, a European-American/white person in Wabanaki territory

Roy Smoot
he/him, St. David’s Episcopal Church-Kennebunk, a European-American/white person in Wabanaki territory

Tom Van Buren
he/him, St. Brendan’s

Contact Us

For more information email The Rev. Katie Holicky, St. Paul’s Brunswick, she/her, a white person in the Abenaki Territory, or staff liaison, Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation.

St. Paul’s Sacred Ground Program

The Sacred Ground program offers discussion groups led by trained facilitators in order to make this conversation safe and impactful. It was launched in 2019 by The Episcopal Church and was so well-received that it has been adapted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick to be suitable for folks of all faiths or no particular faith.

As of May 2022, St. Paul’s, Brunswick has six all-community Sacred Ground groups up and running and continue to expand! These circles welcome participants from many different backgrounds into deep interfaith dialogue about race and racism. If you are interested in learning more about this expansion of the Sacred Ground program, please email the program coordinator, watch this video, and visit their website.

Racial Justice Resources