Faith & Public Issues
The First Congregational Church of Camden holds discussions on how our faith might help us better address some of the current most challenging public issues.
A task force of church members has developed this concept and works with other churches, social service agencies and the public in the mid coast area. The group seeks to have content experts speak followed by open, non-political discussions. These are based on values and issues which educate participants and lead to action by those who are so inclined.
Background educational information is provided as well as contact information for legislators and advocacy groups. Discussions are locally publicized, free and open to members of all faith communities and the public.
Members have indicated strong support for the work of the task force, asking it to continue its work.
Some of our forums to date include: Immigration and Refugees, Climate Change, Access to Quality Health Care, Preventing Gun Violence and Opiate Addiction – Local Issues and Treatment and learning about Islam.
Possible future topics include: Poverty, Managing Difficult Political Conversations, Prison Reform, and Fake News and the Media.
Election 2020 Information
Absentee Ballots in Maine
As the national UCC states, "Your vote is your voice—don't give it up!" Listed below are two links about how to do absentee voting:
State of Maine’s website
Maine League of Women Voters
They state that there are 3 different ways that you can safely vote and ensure that your vote is counted.
- Request an absentee vote now online, by a phone call or by visiting your town clerk’s office, fill it out and send it back to your town clerk.
- Request an absentee ballot, fill it out and take it to the town clerk’s office.
- Vote in person with a mask and social distancing ahead of time at the town office or at local polling places on Tuesday Nov. 3rd. You don’t have to have a reason to use an absentee ballot, and it’s an easy way to vote at a time that is most convenient and safe for you.
Calendar of Fall Political Events
October 5th 6–8PM Midcoast Candidate Forum sponsored by the Midcoast League of Women Voters with State House District 93 (Rockland, Owls Head) candidates Valli Geiger (D) and Mike Mullins (R), and State Senate District 12 (Knox Co.) candidates Dave Miramant (D) and Gordon Page (R) will meet the public in an online Q&A forum.
Please click to register for Zoom access.
- Vice Presidential Debate October 7 from 9 to 10:30PM
- U.S. Senate Debate October 15 from 7 to 8PM
- Second Presidential Debate October 15 from 9 to 10:30PM
- Final Presidential Debate October 22 from 9 to 10:30PM
Candidate Information for Fall Elections:
President of the United States
Joe Biden, Democrat — Campaign Website
Donald Trump, Republican, incumbent — Campaign Website
Sara Gideon, Democrat — Campaign Website
Susan Collins, Republican, incumbent — Campaign Website
Lisa Savage, Independent — Campaign Website
Max Linn, Independent
U.S. House of Representatives 2nd
Jared Golden, Democrat, incumbent — Campaign Website
Dale Crafts, Republican — Campaign Website
U.S. House of Representatives 1st
Chellie Pingree, Democrat, incumbent — Campaign Website
Jay Allen, Republican — Campaign Website
Maine Senate District 12
Dave Miramant, Democrat, incumbent — Maine Senate Profile
Gordon Page, Republican — Campaign Website
Maine House District 94 (Camden, Rockport, Isleboro)
Vicki Doudera, Democrat, incumbent — Campaign Website
no Republican or Independent candidate
Maine House District 93 (Rockland, Owl's Head)
Valli Geiger, Democrat — Ballotpedia Article
Michael Mullins, Republican — Facebook
Maine House District 95 (Appleton, Hope, Warren, Union — partial)
Molly Luce, Republican — Facebook
no Democrat candidate
William Pluecker, Independent, incumbent — Facebook