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Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN)

The Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) 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.  

 Update January 6, 2022: Maine Legislature Resumes Work in Augusta 

The legislature convened the second session this week and the schedule for public hearings and work sessions is already starting to fill up. All legislative committee work will be conducted virtually at least through January and the Covid status will be updated monthly before deciding to resume in-person meetings at the State House. 

Tribal sovereignty (LD 1626) is a top legislative priority for the Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) and all of the diocesan justice councils including the Committee on Indian Relations (CIR), Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF), Climate Justice Council (CJC), and the Racial Justice Council (RJC). Last year, the Diocesan Convention supported resolution #1 by an overwhelming majority of 94%.

Following the lead of the Committee on Indian Relations and the Wabanaki Alliance, we will engage the entire diocese to advocate on behalf of LD 1626. The Alliance has developed an enormous amount of resources to help everyone engage at any level you feel comfortable. On the website you will find information about Frequently Asked Questions, Talking Points, Letters to the Editor, How to Contact Your Legislator, Social Media Tips, and a list of the coalition partners, including the Maine Council of Churches. (Read about the Moral Agenda which guides our work here.)

Once the legislative schedule for this bill is established in the next couple of weeks, we will alert everyone to activate outreach to individual House and Senate members and the Governor’s office. 

In addition to tribal sovereignty, the various networks will be working on legislation about a healthy environment, criminal justice reform, gun safety, public health, racial equity, and others. If you have any questions about our legislative agenda, please reach out to John Hennessy, Director of Public Advocacy, for more information. 

Learn More and Get Involved

The hope for Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network 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.  The Network will work with ecumenical, Interfaith, and community partners on common concerns through the legislative process. We 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 Public Advocacy, 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 or call 207.772.1953 ext.126.

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, MPPN seeks to help fulfill God's vision of justice among God's people and Jesus' call to care for our neighbors. 

Maine State House Legislative Resources

When the House is in session, 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 in the session.   

 
The Legislative Calendarlists all public hearings and work sessions as legislation moves through the process.    
 

Contact Your Elected Officials

Find your Maine Senator 
Rep. Jared Golden  (Dist. #2) 
 

 Contact Staff Liaison, John Hennessy, with any questions.

143 State Street (mail to PO Box 4036) | Portland, ME 04101-4036 | Phone: (207) 772-1953 |