Friday Prayer

Lord, We watched the news last night. We can’t get the images out of our minds… of explosions and missiles of the suffering of the least of these… We hear the words of the proud and defiant and long for them to be humbled. We watch the strutting and posing and pray for hearts to… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Who Will Pay?

Without subsidies, they will not be able to afford to keep him at home. His daughter shrugged and said that it will end up costing the government more to put him in a nursing home, because he has no financial resources. “What’s the sense in that?” she asks me. “If we keep him at home, it will cost one-third to a half of the monthly cost of a facility.”

I have no answers. Read More

Pastoral is Political: I’ve Already Said Too Much

(The Eternal continued speaking to Job.) Eternal One: Have you heard enough? Will the one who finds fault with the Highest One now make his case? Let God’s accuser answer Him! Job 40:1-2 (The Voice) I sit here at my desk, comfortable, white and quiet. I write from my very white, suburban, straight female perspective. And… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Olympics on the World’s Stage

The weeks and months leading up to the Olympics were full of the usual stories of a massive urban clean-up, of building costs close to a billion dollars (99.3 million, to be precise), of concerns about traffic, parking, terrorism, security and pollution. Add to that list the political turmoil in Brazil, including a recession, teacher… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Check Your Speech

As the United States’ political primary season ramps up its rhetoric and partisanship, I find it harder and harder to find the language of acceptance and tolerance in our political climate. I marvel at some candidates’ inability to accept that people can differ on theological grounds, and still want a country that supports a thriving… Read More