The Progressive Episcopal Church is firmly grounded on the conviction that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of love (the "Great Commandments" St. Matthew 22:36-40) and all Christians are called to share the Good News with others (the "Great Commission" St. Matthew 28:18-20). This responsibility is not limited to those serving in the ordained ministry, but is an integral part of living a peaceful life of faith, reason and justice.
The Progressive Episcopal Church joins other progressive Christians in seeking to reclaim the ancient Christian faith as a relative faith tradition for the contemporary world by returning to the model of community, mission and fellowship that characterized the early Church (Acts 2:46, 47).
The Progressive Episcopal Church is committed to assisting, guiding and serving people who want to make a difference in their lives, their communities and the world, by planting and developing small local faith communities. This is not a new concept, but one that has been tried, proven and continues to be developed around the world. Known as Base Christian Communities, these local networks of people gather together to share, learn and support each other in the quest of telling others about the inclusive and liberating love of God in Christ.
The Progressive Episcopal Church of Southern Maine prioritizes the legions of Mainers struggling with mental health and loneliness.
“Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year”
“Nearly half of all Americans today say they are lonely.”
"70% of Protestants with a mental illness wanted fellow church members to merely get to know them as a friend."
We deeply understand that the link between depression, isolation, loneliness and lost community is a threat to the medical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of tens of thousands of Mainers.
Because we believe that community building and spiritual care is an important ingredient to individual and communal healing, we are committed to sharing the hopeful Good News of Love.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” - Matthew 9:35