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    July 2, 2020

    Innovation in the time of pandemic

    When COVID-19 hit, churches could no longer gather together for worship as they traditionally had. Undeterred, we at St. Brendan the Navigator started celebrating Drive-in Mass, a move that has proved very popular with our parishioners. The Rev. Robert Vaillancourt, Pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, said, “I have been so moved by the hope and joy it brings to elderly and health-compromised parishioners …

  • Published
    June 4, 2020

    COVID 1619

    This past week has been one of the hardest in our country’s recent history. We are all still reeling from it. Although Maine has had relatively few cases of COVID-19, our country has surpassed the 100,000 death-toll from this pandemic. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color in direct relation to systemic inequalities. Victims of the virus die struggling to breathe. We have also witnessed how …

  • Published
    May 28, 2020

    Ramadan in 2020: distanced but vibrant

    I was asked to reflect on how Ramadan 2020 will differ from previous Ramadans due to COVID-19. Ramadan is a month of fasting, praying night prayers in congregation, reading the Quran, performing good deeds and abstaining from anything (not just liquid and food) that might take us away from worshipping Allah better. Fasting is meant to teach us patience and empathy, to feel what those who are less fortunate around …

  • Published
    May 14, 2020

    Roosevelt, Lincoln, May Baskets and The Bible

    As I readied this week’s column I thought back about growing up in Greene, a town in Androscoggin County, during the 1950s and 1960s. I was young and somewhat innocent. One tradition that I remember folks talking about when the end of April was approaching was hanging May Baskets. Winters back in the day were harsh and long and Dad would have to shovel the coal to keep the old county house from freezing. Whispers …

  • Published
    May 7, 2020

    Love letter to the Midcoast region

    There’s no question that our midcoast communities, and communities all across the planet, are in a time like no other. People are grappling with some pretty scary stuff: Will I catch the coronavirus or lose my job or run out of money? How long will I be juggling the demands of children schooling at home while facing the pressures of my job? How long will I shelter alone, with no direct human contact? I believe it …

  • Published
    April 23, 2020

    To communicate with the Divine

    We sometimes have gifts and treasures in our possession of which we are unaware. There is often a story of someone finding a priceless treasure at a yard sale, or in a barn lost for decades. Sometimes the treasures are right in front of us, and we are clueless to their value. Recently, a woman in France discovered that the picture next to her sink, that she had for years was worth millions. One of the greatest …

  • Published
    April 9, 2020

    Do not be afraid!

    Editor’s Note: We live in a time when people most need the comfort of their houses of worship, but services have been canceled because of the pandemic. This is a space for local faith leaders to provide messages to their congregations and the community on a rotating basis. All faiths are welcome. Email News Director Daniel Dunkle, ddunkle@villagesoup.com, or call 706-6530 to sign up to contribute a message to …

  • Published
    April 7, 2020

    Why this Passover is different

    Editor’s Note: We live in a time when people most need the comfort of their houses of worship, but services have been canceled because of the pandemic. This is a space for local faith leaders on a rotating basis to provide messages to their congregations and the community. All faiths are welcome. Email News Director Daniel Dunkle, ddunkle@villagesoup.com, or call 706-6530 to sign up to contribute a message to …

  • Published
    April 1, 2020

    All Shall Be Well

    Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, at a time when people most need the comfort of their house of worship, most services have been canceled. We reached out to Rev. Seth Jones in Rockland asking him to provide a message of hope for readers. We would like this to become a space welcome to all faiths, that rotates between local pastors, rabbis and any other faith leaders who want to contribute. Email News Director …

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