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

The Pastoral is Political: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor?

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! from The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus Emma Lazarus wrote her sonnet as her personal response to the Russian pogroms of… Read More