The Maine Council of Churches announced that several Maine churches will be offering Fishes and Loaves: A Study of the Covenant Between Land and Sea, a four-session program that will allow participants to explore the environmental and economic issues related to sustainable fishing practices.

Participants will view films, meet with local fishing families, and discuss the biblical imperative to care for creation while supporting neighbors who make a living from the sea. A community chowder supper featuring Maine seafood and produce will be held as part of the program.

Fishes and Loaves was developed by Maine Council of Churches’ environmental justice consultant, Andy Burt, and Associate Director Eric C. Smith. The program will be offered at MidCoast Presbyterian Church in Topsham on April 7, April 14, April 28 and May 5. St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor and St. David’s Episcopal Church (partnering with Christ Church) in Kennebunk will hold their programs on April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19.

The first two sessions of Fishes and Loaves will include viewing and discussing the critically acclaimed film “A Sea Change,” which follows a retired teacher on his travels around the world meeting the scientists, fishermen, artists and others to learn about challenges and promising solutions to address the changing ocean environment. The third session will begin with a viewing of “Fishing Voices: Insight into the Future,” produced by the Penobscot East Resource Center. This film focuses on Deer Isle fishing families and communities.

The final week will include a short film produced by the Maine Council of Churches that showcases a Rockland, Maine, church that has formed an ongoing relationship with a local farm and fishing families. Local fishermen will also attend some of the sessions to discuss the challenges of earning of living from the sea, sustainable fishing practices and the possibility of forming community supported fisheries.

The Fishes and Loaves program is made possible by financial support from the Presbyterian Hunger Program. It was developed by the Maine Council of Churches.

The Maine Council of Churches is an ecumenical nonprofit organization consisting of nine denominations dedicated to “Seeking Common Ground, Working for the Common Good.” For more than 70 years, the Maine Council of Churches has worked with churches, nonprofit organizations and community leaders to identify root causes of problems and advocate for changes that will lead to a sustainable, just world for all. For more information on Fishes and Loaves, contact the Maine Council of Churches at 772-1918.