Community discussions

grounded in texts

The MHC Discussion Project offers comprehensive support to individuals and organizations all over Maine who want to convene members of their community to discuss things that matter to them.

Whether the people in a group are linked by their work, their place, or their lived experience, every project is intended to foster real communication and connection among participants through listening and being listened to. Every project’s discussions are grounded in the group’s engagement with a compelling text or set of texts. And every project is created with the needs of the people and community who are gathering in mind—so every project is unique.

“The ability to connect with others over a text is incredible. It has the potential to take hold and create change.



Who will you convene?

Any individual or organization in Maine can apply to host a text-based discussion. And there are so many amazing texts to choose from—stories long and short, poems, essays and illustrated books, our Featured Reads…you name it!

Join a Discussion


We’re looking for people who love to engage with books, poems, and big ideas, and who are eager to discuss them with the incredible people who live in our state.

Facilitating Discussion Projects is flexible, paid, contract work. We provide ongoing training, mentorship, and support for our facilitators, and the chance to connect with others in our state-wide network of facilitators.


Everything you need to help you convene your community for a Discussion Project.

Resources, forms, and links to support our Discussion Project facilitators

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