Maine Episcopal Network for Justice (MENJ)
The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice (MENJ) invites Episcopalians and all others who are committed to working toward justice and peace for all people and public policies that respect the dignity of every human being, both in the State of Maine, the United States, and the world. Members of this group work, with God's help, to affirm the essential relationship between what we believe and how we live.
Maine State House Legislative Resources
The new legislature is organized and ready for the challenges ahead. Committee assignments are in place and you can find them here.
The Weekly Legislative Report is a valuable tool to monitor new bills as they are released from the Revisor's office and referred to a committee of jurisdiction for public hearing later in the session.
1997-D022: Support the Goal of Total Nuclear Disarmament
1976-D052: Commend Efforts to Control Nuclear Weapons
2019-MB 009: Support for Multilateralism and the Work of the United Nations:
"Resolved, That the Executive Council hereby expresses the Church’s continued support for the principles of multilateralism that underpin global dialogue and concerted action in the world; and be it further,
Resolved, That the Executive Council encourages all member states of the United Nations to continue to support and engage in its work and functioning, including through timely payment of their dues."
ST. ELIZABETH'S ESSENTIALS PANTRY: Please keep St. Elizabeth's, a Diocesan Jubilee Center serving 200 or more individuals each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees, in your prayers as they work to respond to the overwhelming needs of our new neighbors. Consider contributing financial assistance to help in these efforts. You can find their Amazon Wishlist here: http://bit.ly/
The following organizations, provided by the Human Rights Center of Maine are coordinating volunteer efforts and donations for Asylum seekers.
PORTLAND COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND: The City of Portland has set up a portal where people can donate toward the Community Support Fund which provides shelter/housing assistance and basic human necessities for asylum seekers. Link: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/1554/Support-Asylum-Seekers
HOPE ACTS: Provides housing for asylum seekers, as well as English language acquisition and practice, legal support toward their asylum case, work authorization and securing employment, and making mutually beneficial social connections with Americans and fellow immigrants in Maine.https://hopeacts.org/
GREATER PORTLAND FAMILY PROMISE: Families who are guests in the program are provided food, shelter, case management, and hospitality as they work to find sustainable housing, employment, childcare, and educational opportunities. https://greaterportlandfamilypromise.org
NEIGHBORS IN NEED: Assists asylum seekers in obtaining household and personal items by enlisting the aid of a broader group of willing hands with the hope of easing their transition to their new lives as they begin to settle and make a new home here. https://www.neighborsinneedmaine.org/
FURNITURE FRIENDS: Furniture Friends partners with over 100 local social service providers, hospitals, faith-based organizations, municipalities, and schools to identify people in need who lack the financial resources to purchase furniture on their own. http://furniturefriends.org
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF MAINE: From cultural orientation and referrals to case management and ongoing support, CCAM provides professional resettlement, orientation, employment, and cultural adjustment services. https://www.ccmaine.org
IMMIGRANT LEGAL ADVOCACY PROJECT (ILAP): The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project helps low income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. https://ilapmaine.org
GREATER PORTLAND IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTER: The IWC serves as a hub of collaboration that strengthens the immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement. https://www.welcomeimmigrant.org
MAINE IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS COALITION: Coalition of a number of organizations that focuses on improving the legal, social and economic conditions experienced by Maine’s immigrants through advocacy, information sharing and collaboration both through and among our member organizations. https://www.maineimmigrantrights.org
The hope for MENJ is based on a belief that people of faith have a unique voice to share on the real crises that many Mainers experience every day. MENJ will work with ecumenical, Interfaith, and community partners on common concerns through the legislative process. MENJ will work to implement social policy teachings and commitments of the Episcopal Church at the statewide and local levels through engaging grassroots leadership in the 60 congregations across Maine through training and information sessions.
We will focus our advocacy, organizing, and education efforts on the Gospel imperatives: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, welcoming the stranger, freeing the captive, ministering to the sick, caring for creation, and giving voice to the most vulnerable among us.
We invite Maine Episcopalians to participate in a number of ways:
Invite John Hennessy, director of MENJ to come to your church (your Vestry or Bishop's Committee or an education forum or during announcements) to talk about the Network and answer questions about important issues in Maine, including the upcoming legislative session. Be in touch with John to set a date at or 207.772.1953 ext.126.
Join the MENJ Facebook group for news, links, and events.
Sign up for the MENJ's email newsletter and for occasional urgent action e-bulletins.
Another great step, to be up-to-date on national and international issues related to peace and justice, is to join the Episcopal Public Policy Network.
Through engaging in analysis, education, advocacy, and through supporting members, congregations, and Jubilee Centers and other social ministry organizations in their call to public witness, MENJ seeks to help fulfill God's vision of justice among God's people and Jesus' call to care for our neighbors.
Read Bishop Lane's invitation to MENJ here.
Learn how it got started on the New Northeast blog.
Download Alexia Salvetierra's presentation at the Faith-Rooted Organizing Workshop as a PDF here.
Photo album from the spring 2016 advocacy training event at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland
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