Statement of values and mission

Abbey of HOPE seeks to

  1. broaden knowledge and understanding of the community’s faith traditions.
  2. expand dialogue among people of diverse spiritualities.
  3. support interfaith, multifaith and interspiritual efforts in the community.
  4. foster the healing arts and spiritual growth.
  5. create a spiritual community that nourishes one another through collaboration.
  6. serve monks to meet the needs of a spiritually diverse world.

We are committed to

  • knowledge and understanding
  • dialogue
  • interfaith, multifaith, and interspiritual endeavors
  • the healing arts and spiritual growth
  • spiritual community
  • collaboration
  • service

The Abbey of HOPE(hands of peace extended) is an interfaith community/cooperative gathering to promote, facilitate and encourage interfaith understanding through shared experience, fellowship, educational opportunities, programming, retreats, pilgrimages, missioning, conferences, and the sharing of resources and services. The heart of the Abbey is Peace. The Abbey of HOPE does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ability, gender, marital status, belief, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. 

For more information please contact lori@abbeyofhope.com.


The Abbey was visioned by Rev. Lori Whittemore after attending Bangor Theologically Seminary and further preparation at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.   The first gathering of the Abbey took place on September 13, 2014.  Out of 25 folks who attended, a leadership circle of 9 people worked for three months to put together the framework for the organization.  By winter of 2015, the initial Board had incorporated and received 501c3 status. The Abbey began publishing weekly reflections along with bi-monthly newsletters.  The Abbey offered their first Book Read  in March of 2015 with an eye on hosting reads (by mostly local authors) each season.

The Abbey began hosting the Compassionate Cafe that works on collaborative interfaith programming.

The Abbey will be offering units of Clinical Pastoral Education, based on the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy’s, model of education and their “Recovery of the Soul” paradigm describe in the works and journey of Anton Boisen.

The Abbey, through it’s leaders and members is always out looking for ways to make mad,  compassionate peace by bringing faithful folks together for celebration, shared mission and/or a cup of coffee.

U.R.I.                                                                  uri_logo_star

The idea for URI came to California Episcopal Bishop William Swing in 1993, after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter. He asked himself, “If the nations of the world are working together for peace through tUN, then where are the world’s religions?”

Through dozens of meetings with world religious leaders, he discovered a thread of competition, a focus on expanding individual denominations, and little institutional commitment to building bridges. But in those ate the grassroots of the world’s religions, he found a deep desire for cooperation and peace. From this inspiration, the vision for URI took shape: a supported network connecting people across religions and cultures in the service of peace and justice.


The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.


URI envisions a world at peace, sustained by engaged and interconnected communities committed to respect for diversity, nonviolent resolution of conflict and social, political, economic and environmental justice.


URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.

We implement our mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of our more than 600 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.

Cooperation Circles are unique to URI’s organizational design. Click here to learn more about URI’s charter, structure and history.



Abbey of HOPE leadership

The Abbey is organized having a working leadership circle/Board of Directors with an advisory council for the Abbey for the Clinical Pastoral Training. Our current Board members are listed below:


Rev. Lori Whittemore, MDiv,BCCC        profile pix

Founder, Director

Lori Whittemore graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2010 and was ordained by Chaplaincy Institute of Maine in 2014 as an interfaith chaplain and community minister. She serves as a hospice chaplain at Hospice of Southern Maine and is a volunteer chaplain for the American Red Cross. She is the founder of the Abbey of HOPE. Contact: lori@abbeyofhope.com


arthur-finkArthur Fink


Arthur Fink is best known as a photographer of dance, and, indeed, he’s been the photographer in residence at the Bates Dance Festival since 2005.  He also teaches workshops on “Photography as a Spiritual Practice”, “Photographing From Within”, and “Seeing Dance Like a Photographer”.  Arthur recently visited the concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau, and is now organizing many of his images from that powerful experience.  Arthur is a part of the Portland Friends Meeting, Quaker community  Contact: arthur@arthurfink.com


Bob Atkinson            RA1

Board member

Robert Atkinson, founding director of Eliot Institute, is the author of eight books and professor emeritus of human development and religious studies at the University of Southern Maine. His memoir is Remembering 1969: Searching For the Eternal in Changing Times (2008)His most recent book is Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012). Information on his books can be found at www.robertatkinson.net

Bob is a part of the Baha’I community of Portland, Maine

 Contact : bob@robertatkinson.net




Rev. Carol Gosselin

Board Member

Carol Gosselin is an interfaith minister ordained from The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine in 2014 . The quality of life she embraces is  rooted in holistic well-being. Carol is also a part of the leadership at the Portland New Church, a Swedenborgian Church.  Contact: caro.goosling@gmail.com


Rev Linda Carleton

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Linda Carleton is a spiritual director, writer, artist and retired UCC minister and teacher of comparative religions who divides her time between Chebeague Island and Portland.  She enjoys exploring faith questions and leading workshops on mandala journaling and the Enneagram.

Linda is passionate about refugee resettlement and volunteers at St Elizabeth’s Essentials food pantry at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Portland where she is a member

Contact:  lindacarleton01@gmail.com



Rev Todd Glacy

Board Member

 Rev. Todd Glacy, M.A., is a musician from our community who takes great joy in using his passion and skills as a counselor, musician, facilitator and Interfaith/Inter-spiritual Minister to help people live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. He specializes in creating sacred space and facilitating experiences which allow people to relax, rediscover and reconnect with their truest and most authentic selves, as well as one another, through meditation, music, movement, and Nature.

Todd serves as prayer chaplain at Unity of Greater Portland.  Contact Todd:   toddglacy@outlook.com

To learn more about Todd and his ministry, visit www.sacredsoundandliving.com


Compassionate Café conveners;


Fae Silvermanfae

Compassionate Café hostess


Fae is the Melton School Director and JCA Program Coordinator for the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine




pious for ramadanPious Ali

Compassionate Café host

Pious Ali has spent the better part of his career focused on engaging youth and creating dialogue across cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and faith based groups. Pious is the founder of Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance. He has served with NAACP in Portland as an education and community engagement liaison, for many summers helping with the (Maine Seeds) camp. Pious is the current Director and CO-founder of the King Fellows. Pious is currently serving as an Engagement Specialist in the Muskie School of Public Service.

Contact:     pious.a.ali@gmail.com


The leadership circle is growing. If you are interested in joining us, please contact lori@abbeyofhope.com

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