The Pastoral Is Political: Come Before Winter

“Do your best to come before winter.” 2 Tim 4:21 You may be wondering why, just days before the summer solstice, I’m thinking about winter. In my hometown church growing up in Monticello, Arkansas, every year our pastor would preach his “Come Before Winter” sermon.  I was little, going to worship between age 5 and… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Embracing the Darkness

In the Northern hemisphere, we are just inching past the Winter Solstice.  Through Advent and Christmas overwhelm, through the longest nights and the gradual loss of sunlight, we are back now into growing light. As someone who has often felt that lack of sunlight in my body and spirit, I know the relief when the… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Confessing to Plants

This weekend was the Autumn Equinox in the northern hemisphere, that mid-point between the great exhalation of light between the summer and winter solstices, a time to honor balance and the gifts of both light and dark, so necessary for the flourishing of life. We honored the equinox with a simple ritual of giving thanks… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: The First Pride Was a Riot

As Alicia T. Crosby reminded RevGals last week, the first pride was a riot. In her beautiful description of being a barrier between hate speech and pride celebrations, Crosby asks us about how we assure safe space for LGBTQ+ folx: How are you positioning yourself between people experiencing oppression and those calling for and actively… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Connecting columbus

CW:  I can’t avoid talking about violence today, so if you aren’t in a place to read about that right now, please tend to your heart and maybe come back later. If you’re a white woman in particular (like me), I do hope you come back, or stretch your resilience muscles to take this in… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: White Folk, Are We Brave Enough?

White Folk, Are We Brave Enough?* Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  (John 12: 25, NRSV) Jesus is a strong (and long) talker in John’s gospel.  John takes this saying that is found in similar forms across all four… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Remembering Dr. Vincent Harding

This week I am remembering the home-going of Dr. Vincent Harding, who died on May 19th, 2014 at the age of 82.  Historian, Freedom Movement activist and visionary, teacher, husband, father – Dr. Harding was a beloved mentor to many. And to me. I met him at Iliff School of Theology in 2006, where by… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: We (White Folk) Are Legion

“Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’” Mark 5:9 The Iliff School of Theology recently interviewed me for their new alumni blog.  In the interview (which you might read, because – hi! – I’m new here) I talk about organizing white folk for racial… Read More