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Why our buildings just don’t matter.

This past weekend I had the chance to visit a parish a lot like the one I currently serve.  The property featured a beautiful and inspiring church with a cozy chapel; an enormous rectory, and several buildings that made up … Continue reading

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The Gathering Place

On a warm summer day two young men wait by the door of The Gathering Place as it prepares to open.  They’re dressed to the nines, one in a suit, the other in a tie and trench coat.  They are … Continue reading

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The Rise in Homelessness

This week we entered the liturgical season of Advent.  A time of waiting watchfully for the coming of Christ.  A time of living our lives intentionally for Christ while we wait, watchfully. It is also the darkest month of the … Continue reading

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Changing the Politics of Hunger

This Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day.  This is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger. How can you, your school, workplace, organization, or faith community partake in World Food Day … Continue reading

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An update and a request to HELP

The leaves are changing colors, and we are spending our days preparing for the next cold Maine winter. Yet before we completely close the book on this summer, I would like to offer a brief update on both Long Meadow Farm in … Continue reading

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Sacred on the Street

This past summer a group of students from Bangor Theological Seminary (BTS) participated in a new course offering that allowed students to minister to the homeless and marginalized in downtown Portland, Maine.  The course, “Sacred on the Street”, aimed to provided … Continue reading

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Offering the gift of love and dignity through Everyday Basics

Everyday there are low-income individuals and families struggling to scrape together enough money to pay for the essential’s that the Food Supplement Program (formerly Food Stamps) does not cover.  Items such as toilet paper, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, mouthwash, toothpaste, … Continue reading

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Long Meadow Farm offers opportunity to stretch WIC or SNAP dollars

The snow is melting and spring is right around the corner.  For many people this means it is time to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) summer share at a local farm.  CSA’s offer a unique opportunity for … Continue reading

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Welcome to JusticeandMercyME

Welcome to JusticeandMercyME. We are a web-based resource that seeks to encourage and empower people of all faith traditions to join in the battle to end domestic poverty here in Maine.   We feature organizations that are making systemic changes through acts … Continue reading

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