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Faith Linking in Action Update

Faith Linking in Action

Our purpose is to engage, coach and support congregations, regardless of religious affiliation, and the members of communities they serve, to work together to address root causes of poverty. We educate the broader public and elected officials about our identified issues, and support faith communities to connect work on these issues to their theological context.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Community is a founding member of FLIA, established in 2012.

Transportation for All is a group of bus riders, drivers and public transit supporters who are working together to help improve our Community Connector bus system. If you want to see better public transportation for greater Bangor then come join the group and make your voice heard! Bangor City Council has commissioned a study of the system and had invited TFA to participate. It has been challenging to remind the City Council to include TFA in discussions. This group represents the citizens who are directly impacted by decisions so it is very important to be included in any policies set forward. Until now, TFA has made great strides toward better understanding and cooperation to improve the system. Come help us continue to be heard.  

The next meeting is Thursday, March 21 @ 9 AM – 11AM at Peace & Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Suite 100, Bangor. Child friendly and light refreshments served. TFA Meets monthly, the third Thursday at this time and location.

Childcare & Jobs. This is the legislative season in Maine. There are new bills to read and consider so it is an important time for those interested in improving access to quality childcare for better jobs and to streamline regulations for both childcare providers and those seeking childcare. The Childcare team needs members to investigate bills, talk to citizens, connect with legislators, and help develop a plan of action. 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 @ 7 PM at United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. The second annual Week of the Young Child event is coming Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Children’s Museum, Bangor.  The event will be held from 2 to 4 pm. Many hands are needed to help advertise, organize plans, and to volunteer at the event.

Food Access Committee is reviving after a quiet winter. It is hard to think of gardens with a foot of snow on the ground. The March meeting was well attended. Seeds are being planted in the FAM greenhouse. Garden groups are beginning to attract more interest. Ah, yes, spring is really on its way! Peg Olson is the representative from Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden.  The next committee meeting will be April 11 at UMA. Pot luck lunch and childcare.

Help build raised bed gardens in low-income and/or subsidized housing locations in the Bangor area. This project will begin as soon as it’s warm enough!  For more information email Adam at adam@foodandmedicine.org

 The Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden group is finalizing their Vision Statement. The purpose of the Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden is for neighbors and members of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church to collaborate on a garden to feed those in our neighborhood. It is the intent to work together to increase community participation in building a better future first through access to nutritious food .A final vote of approval will be taken at the next meeting. Seedlings have been ordered.

How can you help? Visit neighbors to build interest:

  • Help plan the upcoming “Plant Party” on June 1
  • Help transplant seedlings at FAM for gardens
  • Become a gardener
  • Offer your canning expertise this fall
  • Be an idea person at our meeting

 The next meeting will be April 14 at 2PM in the Shamrock Room at St. Pat’s (lower level)

St. Pat’s Representatives to FLIA: Rev. Peggy Day, secretary; Mary Ann Perry; Rev. Lev Sherman