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.
The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown, the tenth bishop of Maine shares a statement regarding racial justice and the Episcopal Church in Maine.
We will raise awareness of and address the evils of systemic racism in Maine through:
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.
This fall there are three Sacred Ground circles meeting on Zoom with participants and facilitators drawn from the dioceses of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are still spaces available in the Circles meeting Wednesday afternoon (which will begin October 26) and Thursday evening (which will begin in November). The circles are 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.
Those interested in participating should contact Franci Farnsworth right away. We are limiting the size of each circle to no more than 8 people plus the two facilitators.
Learn more watch an invitational video.
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
he/him, a white person living in the Abenaki Territory (Wabanaki)
she/her, Christ Church Gardiner, European American, white person in Wabanaki Territory
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
he/him, St. David’s Episcopal Church-Kennebunk, a European-American/white person in Wabanaki territory
Tom Van Buren
he/him, St. Brendan’s