Voices of Faith and the Faithful in Maine

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
University of Southern Maine - Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford Street, Portland
More than 200 people gathered to honor the social justice ministry of Bishop Lane at a special lecture series at the University of Southern Maine on April 24th. The theme for the evening was Voices of Faith and the Faithful in Maine: Thoughts on Public Policy and Civil Discourse.
Senator Angus King and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The evening started with a poignant message from Senator Angus King and a special guest appearance of the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Marge Kilkelly, former legislator from Lincoln County, and a veteran general convention deputy, spoke about Faith in the Modern World and how faith can break down barriers and overcome divisions. 
Our own Heidi Shott, former Canon for Advocacy and Communications, spoke about Bishop Lane's leadership and advocacy as only someone who worked with him closely for over ten years could.
Rev. Suzanne Roberts, MD 
The Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison talked about Bishop Lane's role and that of the diocese in the struggle for marriage equality. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, MD, speaking from a very unique perspective as a practicing physician and priest, talked about hearing the cries of the people and the role of faith in the health care debate.
One of Bishop Lane's colleagues, Tom Ely, Bishop of Vermont, contributed to the evening by highlighting the work of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. 
Rev. Jane Field 
The Rev. Jane Field, Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches, spoke about civil discourse and the ability of people of faith to engage in public policy debates.
Ben Chin, Deputy Director of the Maine People's Alliance and a lay preacher from Trinity - Lewiston, spoke about his love for people who use drugs in a powerful testimony to seeing the face of God in everyone. 

Bishop Lane's dear friend, Dr. Reza Jalali, spoke about how voices of faith can change the dialog in the immigration debate.
The evening closed with a panel discussion including Rev. Deborah Blood, Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ,
Rabbi Carolyn Braun and Bishop Lane talking about the State of Faith in Maine and how current politics are changing religious attitudes and behaviors.
John Hennessy, Director of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, hosted the evening and kept the two hour program moving. The entire event was recorded and can be viewed here.



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