Politics and activism
Slavick has been involved in religious and secular efforts to advance several generally progressive causes, mostly causes opposed to American foreign policy. Slavick served for 19 years as coordinator of Pax Christi Maine, the Catholic and ecumenical peace movement. He is a member of Veterans for Peace. 
His wife, Ursula, served as Portland Teachers’ Association president.[not in citation given] Both are active in Sacred Heart/St. Dominic parish as Council members and leaders of the Haiti project.[not in citation given] They have six living children and nine grandchildren.[not in citation given] They reside in Portland.
Slavick has published hundreds of articles and numerous letters on social justice and peace subjects in state and national publications.[not in citation given] His scholarly writing focuses on modern Southern fiction.[not in citation given] In academé, Slavick contributed significantly to faculty shared governance, originated the USM honors program, chaired faculty bodies including the Maine Association of University Professors Conference, led in initiating faculty collective bargaining, and organized academic and peace conferences.[not in citation given] He served on the board of Citizens for Educational Freedom.[not in citation given]
- Tuttle, Jeff (October 19, 2006). "Retired USM professor presents anti-war message to voters". Bangor Daily News. pp. B1; B5. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- Farmer, David (May 23, 2006). "Independent close to joining Senate race". Sun Journal. p. A3. Retrieved 18 April 2012.