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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

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. 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 clearing house 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 newly formed Climate Justice Council held its first meeting on February 28, 2021. Made up of 12 members from across the state to date, the Council is already busy at work. Members have provided the Earth Week Liturgy resource you see below, created a policy briefing for a meeting the Bishop attended with Sen. King, and are drafting 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
Gus Goodwin
Rev. Elaine Hewes
Rev. Peter Jenks
Emily Keniston, Staff Liaison
Marianne Pinkham
Rev. Eleanor Prior
Lili Pugh
Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair
Barbara Ryland
Patricia Sprague
Stephen Ward

Contact Us

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

A Liturgy for You - "Restoring Our World, Our Common Home" 

The Climate Justice Council created an Earth Week 2021 Liturgy (morning prayer) for your use! This liturgy was created by Marianne Pinkham, Reverend Canon Eleanor Prior, Anneliese Pugh, Reverend Dr. Jenny Reece and Stephen Ward. You can click here or on the image below to download the PDF document. Although dated April 25, 2021, this liturgy can be used anytime!
 
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Resolution adopted by the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine on October 17, 2020

STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION AND PRACTICE OF JUSTICE/EQUITY
RE: Carbon Offset Program
SUBMITTED BY: Cathedral Public Policy and Environmental Action Team
CONTACT PERSON: Ms Elizabeth Parsons, (207) 899-2206
Read full resolution HERE
 

Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) Creation Care Series

To make an impact at the magnitude required to slow the damage humans are doing to the environment, action is required on a larger scale than what we can achieve on our own. Sound policy can make the large-scale impact required. The educational pieces below outline evolving policy, from various proposals on carbon pricing to focusing on renewable energy. 

Published in 2021:

Published in 2019:

Resources

Learn more! Download this list: Resources from your Climate Justice Council.

 

 
 

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