Faith in Action
Community. Mission. Outreach.
A faith that is real is a faith that is lived. In our baptismal covenant, we promise to live out our beliefs in real and concrete ways. Below are many opportunities to do that right here at St. Luke’s.
The St. Luke’s Outreach Committee seeks to further the Cathedral’s engagement with our community and the world. Its stated mission is to coordinate and support the ministries of Saint Luke’s to the local community and the world beyond. If you would like to get involved with the outreach committee or our other outreach efforts, please email Linda Carleton.
Part of living our faith is helping those in need. Food insecurity is a problem for many in our community, and so we strive to love our neighbors through our time and the much-needed donations from those in our congregation and beyond.
The St. Luke Food Pantry is a low-barrier food pantry that provides fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable food to its neighbors every Thursday morning from 9 to 11 am. The Food Pantry is located at 134 Park Street at the rear entrance to the Cathedral.
Neighbors may collect food every week and take as much food as they need, as long as the supply lasts.
St. Luke’s is a partner agency of Good Shepherd Food Bank (GSFB) and purchases and gleans food from Wayside Food Programs. The Locker Project and the South Portland Food Cupboard lend their drivers and vans to pick up large food distributions at Wayside and deliver them to St. Luke’s Cathedral.
Please consider donating your time, money, or other food items to this worthy cause. Contact Mary Brighthaupt for more information on how you can help. She can be emailed here, or you can call her at (443) 223-7675.
We have a passion for providing education and resources for children around the world. This is why we’ve partnered with the school of St. Simon and St. Jude, located in the rural mountains area of southern Haiti.
This collaboration supports the basic needs of the school children in Duny, Haiti. Current projects include providing lunches, scholarships, facility maintenance, and hurricane relief. We love the relationship we’ve built with the people in this community. Please consider donating or providing other resources to this partnership.
St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center
St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center a non-barrier Essentials Pantry located at St. Luke’s Cathedral is a diocesan ministry project which seeks to provide basic daily essentials to those living in need in the greater Portland, Maine area.
The Essentials Pantry continues to serve 150+ neighbors every Tuesday morning from 8 to 11:15 am. Essential items include toilet paper, laundry detergent, bath soap, etc. Each week, a unique item is offered. In addition, dental care products, diapers, soft housewares, and hard housewares are provided monthly.
Congregations support St. E’s financially, with volunteers, and by donating both new and used items. Each Tuesday, volunteers serve the public directly, sort donated items, and pack new items for distribution, among other things. To learn more about volunteering, please email Martha Parshley.
In-kind donations can be left in the blue St. Elizabeth donation box in the lower hall, next to the stairs. For more information, email Sarah Borgeson.
Many parishioners also volunteer with programs fighting hunger and homelessness through Preble Street.
Greater Portland Family Promise
Family Promise helps families in Greater Portland transition from homelessness or risk of eviction to stable homes. While the pre-COVID model worked with faith communities such as ours for temporary housing, the current model has changed the focus to connecting families with needed resources such as food, bus passes, and quarters for laundry and housing.
Volunteers at St. Luke’s work with graduate families directly to support them. St. Luke’s also provides space for the Family Promise monthly Peer Advisory Council (PAC), where families mentor new families and helps to train new volunteers. We also host the monthly distribution of culturally appropriate foods to program families.
Public Policy & Environmental Action Team (PPEAT)
PPEAT’s principal aim is to keep our congregation informed of legislative actions in Augusta, Maine. Becoming involved with this team is a great way to learn about our community and inspire positive change. This team is affiliated with the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice and the Public Policy Committee of the Maine Council of Churches.
As informed citizens, we can then take action at the state and municipal levels. Recent such actions have included contacting elected officials, writing letters to the editor, helping organize special events such as informational forums and voter registration drives, helping design specially-themed worship services, and getting ourselves trained in techniques such as non-violent direct action.
PPEAT meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 pm. See PPEAT meeting minutes.
For more information, email Sarah Braik.
St. Luke’s Community Kitchen offers a commercial kitchen space to groups and individuals who are in need of an affordable kitchen and meeting space. Many community organizations are able to utilitze to space to serve their underrepresented or at-risk populations. We also offer below-market rates to individuals starting or expanding their food or catering business. The kitchen adopted the model of universities, colleges, institutions, and organizations across the country which have used their under-utilized kitchen space to serve the community and raise funds for their organization.
All renters of the kitchen are required to show proof of liability insurance before contracting with St. Luke’s Community Kitchen. The kitchen’s 350’ square area has been redesigned to maximize the space and made more efficient by state-of-the-art commercial equipment. The space is rented to one business/client at a time and offers privacy and a reserved parking space right outside the kitchen. A full-time on-call manager is available to support kitchen clients, including a Women’s Business Owners Round Table offering resources, expertise, and advice.
St. Luke’s has deep roots in the community and the Kitchen Management Committee continues to nurture these while forging new working relationships with a wide range of institutions, nonprofits, businesses, community health organizations, schools, and immigrant-serving organizations. This vast network, the outstanding reputation of the cathedral, and the great demand for kitchen space have resulted in enthusiastic interest and demand for this unique, user-friendly space. Since the first day of the pilot, St. Luke’s Community Kitchen has received the public endorsement and support of the food industry and community leaders.
For more information about renting the Community Kitchen for your business or next event, or to join the KMC team email Dawn Brennan-Daly, Community Kitchen Manager.
Becoming Beloved Community
As clearly demonstrated throughout our nation, systemic racism pervades every secular and religious body in the United States. Prejudice and discrimination prevent all people from full and equal participation in God’s plan for Beloved Community within St. Luke’s and in the greater community where we live and serve. Like our nation, and following the example of the national Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s must examine its structure and practices to address any obvious or subtle forms of racism in its quest to become Beloved Community.
As a result of the insights gained through the Sacred Ground curriculum, several St. Luke’s parishioners wanted to take more widespread action to address our racism to become a stronger and more welcoming body. Their goal was to find a way to support the work of St. Luke’s in identifying and redressing these issues through the transformation of our church, resulting in a vibrant and God-centered St. Luke’s community and dynamic community action.
A charter was written and presented in 2021 to the Vestry to create the Becoming Beloved Community Committee (BBCC).
The vision of the BBCC is “a world in which St. Luke’s is a catalyst for racial equality and healing, where all people are seen and treated as beloved by God.” Our mission is “to facilitate healing and justice for all people in all its forms: racial, financial, environmental, social, political, and empathetic.” The BBCC will plan events and offer other educational information aligned with our vision and mission.
We look forward to collaborating with other St. Luke's ministries in these efforts. For more information, please contact the parish office.
- Sacred Ground is a film and dialogue faith-based program to raise awareness about the history and issues of racism in the United States. For more information, email Sarah Dowling.
- The Diocesan Racial Justice Council seeks to educate, advocate, and create or coach in justice liturgy for the diocese of Maine. For more information, contact the parish office.
- The Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine convenes members of each of the justice councils in the diocese: Climate Justice, Committee on Indian Relations, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and Racial Justice.
- The LGBTQIA Ministry works to support and celebrate same-sex marriage and truly welcomes all people. St. Luke’s has a long history of welcoming LGBTQIA members, being a leader in the fight for marriage equality, and being a proud participant in Portland PRIDE. The most recent LGBTQIA ministry has been through SAGE Maine. For more information, email John Hennessey.