Amidst the divisions of our time, Episcopalians have historically taken the path of the “Via Media” — the “middle way” — when addressing theological and social issues. As thinking Christians, Episcopalians pursue their love of our Creator with heart, mind and soul and attempt to love our neighbors as ourselves, as Jesus recommended.

In the face of divisive and growing Christian Nationalism, we need a remedy for discriminatory thinking, hate, and exclusion of others unlike us. Being a member of an Episcopal Church provides a sense of belonging to a community that shares similar values and concerns. It offers opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, and mutual support.

When visiting any of the Episcopal churches in Maine one will find a thoughtful focus on caring for creation, social justice, separation of church and state, and the preservation of democracy as part of civic duty and spiritual values. Caring for God’s creation is front and center. Significant steps are being made to promote environmentally sustainable practices. Each visitor may participate in advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns, and community to mitigate climate change and promote environmental stewardship. Climate change disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities and exacerbates existing inequalities.

The Episcopal Church has a strong commitment to social justice. Past practices of harmful American legislation are reviewed, and efforts are being made for a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

The Episcopal Church has historically supported the principle of separation of church and state to ensure that everyone, no matter their background, is free to live in freedom according to their worldview. If we were to walk a day in others’ shoes, we would see that they, like us, are doing their best to live up to their understanding of the virtuous path.

Members value the ability to worship and practice their faith without government interference. All are encouraged to actively engage in civic life and work towards the common good. We invite you to join a community where freedom of thought is embraced, and where together we can create a world where light overcomes darkness. It is imperative to preserve democracy and prohibit our elected officials from applying their private interpretations of Scripture upon others. The United States is not a theocracy and must never become one.

Most importantly, the Episcopal Church can be the thoughtful persons’ church spiritual home. Centuries have passed since the writing of Scripture and the Creeds. Our understanding of how to read the Holy Writ has evolved and will continue to, over time. A central part of the Episcopal journey is reading and understanding the history of the church and state since its earliest beginnings.

Now more than ever, we need to learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. As Thanksgiving passes and time bends toward Christmas, you are invited to engage in your spiritual growth and civic life at an Episcopal Church near you.

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