The Pastoral is Political: Questions and Challenges

One of the most prominent topics of conversation in The Pastoral is Political has been an ongoing discussion of just what is political and what is appropriate to speak to from the pulpit (or, more broadly, what action is appropriate for ordained clergy to take and what is not). There are members of our congregations… Read More

The Pastoral is Political

Another Coming Out For people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer (LGBTQ+), “coming out,” or identifying consciously as LGBTQ+, whether to themselves or another, is both a rite of passage and a continuous process. It’s never over, since while a person may be “out” to family, friends, church, and work, every new… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Life “On the Inside”

I get questions… As I have continued my spiritual advocacy for LGBQ+ people on the inside (aka prison ministry to incarcerated LGBTQ+ people), I have discovered how little is known about life on the inside, including by clergy. So, here’s a bit of summary. Note: All of these aspects will vary, depending on whether a… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Choosing the Main Thing

There’s a lot coming at us these days—families separated at the border; health care under threat; racial profiling everywhere, from lemonade stands to police stops to coffee shops to funerals (funerals!); multiple political maneuverings to keep track of and decide which are important and which are “nothingburgers;” multiple indictments handed down against Russians this past… Read More