There is a lot happening at present. The Collaborative Ministry Team has been reevaluating their structure and work in our congregations. We want to do more, and we want to be substantive and real in the lives of our sister congregations. Planning for an incredible multi church worship service on the 3rd of June is underway. The theme is “How Will We Shine?” We have so much to offer each other, and the world. How will we share our gifts? How will we lift each other up out of darkness, fear and despair? We are more together than we could ever be alone. How will we shine?

I am also looking to begin a Collaborative Adult RE class on creating theology together. This is a pilot program offered through the FAHS initiative. The Director of Religious Education from Ellsworth, Anne Ossana, and I will be facilitating these sessions. This curriculum is meant to help groups identify a common theology upon which to ground the work we do in the world. We all have personal beliefs that guide us; what would it be like to create a true shared theology that informs our social justice work, our congregational work and our work with each other? There will be a six-hour retreat in March held in Bucksport and then three more 2-hour meetings held in each of our churches. More information to follow. I hope you will join us.

Finally, I am completely done with gun violence in our country. My heart is beyond capacity for horror and heartbreak. In truth, I’ve been done since December 14, 2012. I have been at vigils, I have written an editorial, I have been one of six citizen sponsors of a Mom’s Demand Action Bill calling for common sense gun laws. I have called my representatives and signed petitions. I have talked and talked. I’m done trying to understand. I’m done trying to teach or reason or explain. People I love deeply are on the other side of this issue and I am done being careful. This is beyond my capacity for patience. There is so much more I could write here. But for now, I just need to be clear. My work of social justice going forward will be primarily focused on the work of preventing the massacres of our children. I am ashamed that I have not done more before now. The elections this year are vital to our survival. Let’s become warriors. Our country, our children need us.

Yours in love and faith,

Amy Fiorilli