Anti-Racism Team

Anti-Racism Resource Team:

A group of clergy and lay members of the Maine Conference UCC committed to dismantling racism in all its forms. We welcome others to join us. Our main focus is to:

  • Identify and provide Anti-racism training and education resources;
  • Be a communication hub, inspiring advocacy in the Maine Conference UCC;
  • Listen for the concerns people of color face in Maine and beyond, and seek to take action; and
  • Discover how the “New Jim Crow” manifests itself in Maine and ways to respond.

Team members: Allison Smith, Linette George, Steve Gray, David Anderman, Jim Anderson, Steve Carnahan, Chrissy Cataldo, Alyssa Lodewick, Martha Phillips, Sarah Pringle-Lewis, and Bob Sandman.

View our Anti-Racism Resource List

See which churches responded to our 2016 Pentecost to Juneteenth Anti-Racism Challenge

Interested in Ordering a Welcome Banner?   

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” 

 Five languages: Somali, English, French, Spanish, Arabic ~ 4 x 8 ft.

Cost : $145 single sided, $175 double sided

For more information, contact: Rev. Allison Smith

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The Maine Conference UCC Anti-Racism Team responds to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA

Civil Rights activist, scholar, and singer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon once said that the reason “This Little Light of Mine” is such a powerful song in the Black Church tradition is because it is a statement of commitment and recommitment to following Jesus. She called it an “I” song, a song that serves as a declaration of intent to remain dedicated to a cause. Claiming the song means that I am going to walk in hope and justice, loving all whom God loves (which includes everyone). It means that I am going to offer my energy, my well-being, and maybe even my life to do what is right. It means that I will not hide my light in order to get by under the status quo.

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, this past Saturday, when a diverse group of preachers, rabbis, imams, and everyday folks – some were religious, while others claimed no faith tradition at all – wanted to stand up to a group of armed white supremacists, they linked arms and sang “This Little Light of Mine.” They sang their commitment aloud and put their bodies on the line to demonstrate that commitment. Their light would not be overshadowed as it courageously challenged racism, white supremacy, and hate.

Read More HERE