Currently, CFE is supporting the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry by encouraging awareness within California’s faith communities of Maine’s current marriage landscape and by sharing its Interfaith Organizing Director, Kerry Chaplin, for one week. Kerry is helping to organize major marches and interfaith events in Portland and Bangor to make visible clergy and lay people of faith who are standing against discrimination in Maine.
This was originally posted on CFE's blog Friday, October 2nd:
Shabbat shalom and hag sameach from Maine!
We are entering the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, during which Jews traditionally take our meals, even sleep, in temporary shelters reminiscent of the transitory wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
On Sukkot, it is traditional to read Psalm 27:
- 11 Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
- 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.
- 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Even in the two days since I arrived in Maine, it is clear that our oppressors are using the same language to bear false witness against us. The Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine is standing for what is just and fair, led by that which is Holy on a path toward goodness.
On this Sukkot, let us all have the courage to be led to goodness in the face of our oppressors.
shabbat shalom and hag sameach,
Keep checking on CFE's blog for more updates on CFE's involvement in Maine's struggle to keep marriage equality legal! Get involved at NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality.