Camden Herald Letters to the Editor May 9

May 09, 2019

Mid Coast Interfaith Alliance statement of solidarity

We are members of the Mid Coast Interfaith Alliance, a group of diverse religious communities in the Midcoast area. The very meaning of the word “religion” is to bind together what has been drawn apart. We practice our faiths because they call us into a deeper belonging and a common concern for all of creation. We are Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Unitarian Universalists and together we grieve the increasing callousness and violence that is tearing our human family apart.

At a time when houses of worship and religious practice are increasingly becoming targets, we grieve with our siblings: Muslims shot in the mosques in New Zealand, Christians murdered in their churches in Sri Lanka and the U.S., Jews killed in their synagogues in the U.S. – all while peacefully worshiping.

Our religious diversity is a source of strength, a deep pool of wisdom, and an invitation to grow ever deeper in humility and awe at the beauty and mystery that lie at the heart of our existence. All our traditions call us to love and service for the greater good.

We pledge our commitment to collaborate with each other and with all who wish to work for peace and the good of our communities.

The Rev. Wendy J. Anderson, Nativity Lutheran Church, Rockport
Rev. Kenneth Dale, Hospice Chaplain, Maine Healthcare at Home, Rockland
Rev. Nancy Duncan, Broad Bay Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Waldoboro
The Rev. Lisa Frey, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal, Camden
Rosalee Glass, St. Thomas’ Episcopal, Camden
Rev. Mark Glovin, First Universalist Church, Rockland
The Rev. Peter Jenks, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Thomaston
Rev. Seth. D. Jones, Rockland Congregational Church, Rockland
Rev. Dr. Ute S. Molitor, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Camden
Dave Oakes (board chair), First Church of Christ Scientist, Camden
Rev. Abby Pettee, Interfaith Chaplain, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport
Rev. Anne Roundy, Broad Cove Community Church, Cushing
Peggy Smith, True Heart Buddhist Sangha, Camden
Rev. Sheila Seekins, Trinity Episcopal Church, Lewiston
The Rev. Lael Sorensen, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockland
Rob Wall, True Heart Buddhist Sangha, Camden
Susan Wind, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, Rockland
Rev. Michelle M. Wiley, People’s United Methodist Church, South Thomaston; John Street United Methodist Church, Camden; Finnish Congregational Church, South Thomaston


Grateful for outstanding health care

Recently both my husband and I have experienced a range of medical issues. We would like to extend our thanks to the teams of doctors, nurses, clinicians, various lab technicians and many other staff support members who worked together to diagnose and alleviate many of the problems.

In particular at Rockport and at Maine Medical Center, we received caring, respectful and thoughtful medical help from Drs. Eric Schenk, Robert Stein, Henry Sesselberg, William Fabricius, Samuel Hall, John Hall, Louis Coyle and the TAVR team.

Additionally the Pen Bay Cancer Care Clinic NPs and RNs, and pharmacist Andy Sedno, went above and beyond the expected level of service to reach out and ensure that all of our needs were being met.

We have learned from personal experience that often successful medical care requires physicians from various specialties to cooperate and communicate what they are each finding in their own specific area of expertise. Unless these professionals share information, test results and possible diagnoses, the solution might never be achieved. Again, we consider ourselves so fortunate to have access to outstanding people and facilities.

Kudos to all.

Alice Dashiell

William Henry Dashiell



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