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Midcoast Friends Meeting welcomes Ecumenical Diaper Bank

The Midcoast Friends Meeting has welcomed on its campus in Damariscotta the construction of a permanent storage space for the diaper supply of the Ecumenical Diaper Bank. The Diaper Bank provides a supplementary supply of diapers to low income families to enable them to change their children’s diapers with appropriate frequency.
The Diaper Bank is staffed by nearly 20 volunteers from 7 area churches. Volunteers help run an annual diaper drive, Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, repackage diapers into packets of 15-20 each, and distribute them on Tuesday mornings at the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle.
More than 8,000 diapers were distributed last year and the expectation for this year is 10,000. For the past three years the remote storage of diapers has been in a classroom generously offered by the Damariscotta Baptist Church. Having this space enabled the program to think big in its early days, but, with more than 8000 diapers distributed last year, it was clear that the program was …
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For Lack of a Quaker Creed

Many people join us from "away," either by retiring here to Maine or joining us during their summer sojourns. Plus we have a number of members and attenders who come from a different faith background. Questions and contrasts are bound to pop up.
Julia started attending our meeting for worship in mid-winter. Raised in an extremely conservative faith practice, she arrived in our space and "settled in" with us quite quickly. happy to have found us. She is young, thoughtful, eloquent, and full of Spirit. Like many of us convinced Friends, Julia sometimes remarks on how different we are from what she experienced in her past. She often contrasts the pervasive, prescriptive rules and limited choices she has moved away from with what she is learning about Quaker practice.

Julia recently said that being good and proper is no longer a simple matter of "Is my skirt the right number of inches long?" She shared about that change from a prescribed and directed life sh…

Today's NVC Flyer

New Community Action Calendar

The Midcoast Community Action Calendar began as a cooperative effort to share news of important actions and events occurring in the Lincoln County, Maine area. 
The calendar is being set up so local organizations (including social justice groups, environmental action groups, and area churches) can inform the public about and invite them to join their actions.  We hope it will also help coordinate our efforts and avoid scheduling two events at once. Scroll down to learn how to post and subscribe.


Click on an event to get a more detailed description and a contact person for more information. 
Those wishing to post an event should email the details to midcoastcac@gmail.com.  The calendar organizers reserve the right to screen postings for appropriateness. 

You can subscribe to this calendar in several ways:  If you already use a Google Calendar, view your calendar and look down the left column for the "Other calendars" button.  When that is clicked it offers you a search box where …

The Safety Pin Question

Jogging without a license: I don't have to worry about anyone questioning my immigration status, so when I jog around my neighborhood I don't always carry any form of identification. That's because I'm an old white lady and I live in a community that is mostly white older people.  No one is going to stop me and ask me to prove I belong, or jail me until I can. No matter where I lived, I've never had anyone challenge my right to be where I am. That's white privilege, also class privilege.  I was born into it and didn't even notice at first that it wasn't that way for everyone.

But Mr. Rogers said: I've always been told that if I have a problem I could flag down the nearest "authority figure" for help. The "helpers" are those in the positions of authority, wearing uniforms.  Heck, that's what Mr. Rogers said, isn't it?  "Find the helpers," he said, when talking about scary things happening. I told that to my stud…