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:


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


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


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

Sacred Ground Program

A major focus for the RJC is to promote the Sacred Ground program which offers discussion groups led by trained facilitators in order to make conversations about race safe and impactful. It was launched in 2019 by The Episcopal Church and the RJC offers ongoing support to churches and groups who would like to participate in Sacred Ground or have questions about this program.

In Fall 2022, three Sacred Ground circles met on Zoom with participants and facilitators drawn from the dioceses of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The circles were sponsored by the Diocese of Vermont’s Anti-Racism Action Group, the Diocese of New Hampshire’s Reconciliation Commission and the Diocese of Maine’s Racial Justice Council.

Now, in 2023, we have an opportunity to open up shared Sacred Ground Circles with the Diocese of Alabama! This will be a unique Sacred Ground experience: one that is shared across geographic areas and communities, and across lived experience. Our two dioceses have different experiences with race, both historically and in the present, and our hope is that collaboration in shared Sacred Ground circles will offer opportunities for deeper reflection through expanded perspective, and ultimately for healing. There will be two circles running currently via Zoom, each composed of members from both Maine and Alabama:

  • Every other Monday, beginning March 6, 7-8:30 pm or
  • Thursdays, beginning March 9, 1-2:30 pm

Sign up here

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

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 diocesan staff liaison, Emily Keniston, St. Ann’s Windham, she/her, a white person in the Abenaki Territory and Director of Faith Formation.

Racial Justice Resources