Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 30 October 2006.
Address: 17 Pleasant Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
MissionInterfaith Maine seeks peace and justice through deepening interfaith understanding and relationships.
GoalsAs presented on their website, their goals are the following:
• To find ways to remove suspicion, fear, resentment of the other
• To fully respect others’ freedom and dignity
• To give and to receive truth and convictions
• To celebrate common traditions and values
• To engage in social action
• To recognize the gifts and the blessings of each other
• To be open to growth and understanding
• To engage in public activities to heal historic and present-day wounds
• To promote the path of pluralism through public educational efforts
HistoryInterfaith Maine became an official non-profit organization in 2003. The organization grew out of the Portland Interfaith Seminar, which was a collaborative between Bangor Theological Seminary, St. Joseph’s College and the University of Southern Maine. The Portland Interfaith Seminar began multiple faith conversations in 2001 in the Portland area, primarily among Christians, Jews and Muslims. After September 11, the group began to see the great need for dialogue, for protection of the Muslim community in Maine, and for fostering of deeper relationships.
DemographicsSo far, Interfaith Maine has participation from Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Interfaith Ministers, Jews, Muslims and Pagans.