Public Policy and Environmental Action Team

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.   

                                                       -Micah 6:8

In 2019, two St. Luke’s groups with overlapping interests—social action and eco-justice—combined to form the Public Policy and Environmental Action Team (PPEAT).

Affiliated with Maine Episcopal Network for Justice PPEAT’s principal aim is to keep ourselves informed of legislative actions in Augusta, focusing on issues for which perspectives of faith-filled people can be particularly illuminating.

As informed citizens we can then take actions 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 holds meetings with identical agendas twice per month so members may attend the one best suited to their schedules.  Please join us at 11:30 AM on the first Sunday or at 6:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month. Notes from our most recent meetings may be found here:

October 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021 

January 2021 

December 2020 Meeting

October 2020 Meeting

September 2020 Meeting

Carbon offset diocesan resolution

May 2020 Meeting

April 2020 Meeting

February 2020 Meeting

January 2020 Meeting

December 2019 Meeting.

The team meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7 PM. It is co-led by Sarah Braik (sbraik642@gmail.com) and Charles Skold (skold.charles@gmail.com). All are welcome.

Carbon tracker that will help you (and your family) reduce your carbon footprint. 
St. Luke’s is participating in a carbon tracker developed by the Diocese of California and approved by General Convention in 2018 that will enable your household to be part of reversing the trend toward climate disaster. You can measure your household’s carbon footprint and select from a host of individual actions to take. The tracker will tell you how many tons of carbon dioxide are being saved by your household, by the diocese, and by the Episcopal Church. The tracker will also enable you to work together with other St. Lukan’s to share progress, ask questions and encourage one another. To get started, go to https://www.diocal.org/climate and sign up for a training webinar. To sign up for the tracker, go to https://www.sustainislandhome.org/. It is not necessary to participate in the training, though you will probably find it extremely helpful.