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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Without faithful and generous ministry partners like you, the Christian Civic League would not have been around for 125 years, executing its mission of bringing a Biblical perspective to public policy. As we begin 2023, and our 126th year of advocacy for Christian values, I want to thank all of you who prayed for and donated to our Year-End Campaign. It was amazing and incredibly rewarding to see $60,000 raised in the last four days of 2022 to reach our goal of $125,000. Your year-end gifts to the League help us prepare for the coming year. Please pray for our Financial Committee and Board of Directors as we prepare this year’s budget.

I’m pleased to introduce a new member to the League team. Nick Adolphsen will be joining our policy team this session as a legislative consultant. In addition to his godly character and commitment to Christ and his family, Nick brings impressive political and governmental affairs experience to this role. He is presently a State Affairs Director for the Foundation of Government Accountability. He also served in the LePage administration as a Health Policy Advisor. Nick will be working closely with our Policy Director, Mike McClellan. We are waiting to see what bills emerge in the session, but we expect to be combating major threats to religious freedom, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. Unfortunately, we also anticipate a resurrection of the Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee the right to abortion in our Maine Constitution.

The addition of Nick Adolphsen allows me to invest more of my time to the Church Ambassador Network [CAN]. While we as an organization continue to fully engage in the legislative and campaign arenas, CAN is an equally high priority. Creating opportunities for pastors to engage our leaders through prayer and God’s Word with the goals of evangelism and future partnership is the League’s long game. Please join me in prayer as we start the process of scheduling appointments with legislators and pastors from their districts. If you are a pastor who is interested in participating in CAN, call me (659–6447) or email me (carroll.conley@gmail.com). 

By now, many of you have heard the troubling account of school officials in Damariscotta facilitating the “gender transition” of a 13-year-old girl without the knowledge of her parents. The girl’s mother found out when she discovered a chest binder in her daughter’s bedroom.

I wish I could tell you this is an isolated incident, but sadly it is not. The number of calls I receive regarding transgender ideology, over-sexualized curriculum, and age-inappropriate reading material is alarming. I can’t think of a more poignant example of why Christians need to get elected to school boards and municipal councils.

We can’t implore citizens to run for office if we don’t offer training. We don’t know all the details, but it is our intention to offer a combination of in-person and online preparation for local and state campaigns. Stand by for more information.

This letter is late because I wanted to wait and see if we met our year-end goal so I could thank you. Your continued support of the League will allow us to strive to see Maine become a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.