The Pastoral is Political: More Than Thoughts and Prayers

The Pastoral is Political: More Than Thoughts and Prayers. Is your heart sore? Is your carpal tunnel kicking in from writing to people trying to instigate action? Are you tired of having the same conversations—the ones resulting in no change? Are you losing sleep trying to figure out what else you can do and/or how… Read More

Sunday Prayer for 7/28: Bless this church this day, O God.

Bless this church this day, O God. Inspire all worship. Meet each person. Empower each word. Inspire each prayer. Lift each song. Open each ear.  Fill each heart. Feed each person. Bless this church this day, O God. Inspire all greetings. Welcome each visitor. Comfort        each weeper. Share with each rejoicer. Parent… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: The Person is Political

How many times have we heard—or even used—the words, “It isn’t personal”? Usually these words are used to apply procedural and policy guidelines to everyone regardless of who they are. And there is a sense in which that is fair and a good thing. Yet in another way, these words mean “I am not interested… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Climate – and Culture – Change

Did you notice the sea change? The climate change? The culture change? The water we drink, the air we breathe, our world, is increasingly polluted. And I don’t mean the climate change affecting (just) our water and air and world. I mean the change in our culture. The United States climate has taken a turn… Read More