THE PASTOR IS POLITICAL: Fashion is Power. Power Is Political.

Last week was New York’s fashion week, which always brings me joy, but is particularly elating since this means the COVID hiatus is over.  Looking at the photos from the streets made my heart sing. And Fashion Week reminded me of that time in CPE (clinical pastoral education) when our group leader asked us if… Read More

“I Just Don’t Want to Hear it from the Pulpit”

The most basic definition of politics is “the way that people living in groups make decisions.” Therefore may every sermon we preach be political. May it be consequential enough to have an impact on the decisions people listening will make, whether those decisions are about how they will comfort themselves and one another in a time of tragedy or about how they will reorient their lives away from oppressive behaviors. Read More

Pastoral is Political: Embodied Politics

“This is my Body Broken for You” says the Christ, Jesus, Son of refugees, who had to flee a tyrant’s rage to Egypt. “This is my Body Broken for You” says Jesus Son of a pregnant single–not to mention brown–girl, who had to decide who she would tell that she was pregnant, and plot how… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Connecting the Dots

We were camped in the mountains far from city lights. On the last night of our annual family reunion campout, the rain went away, the sparkling creek next to our group site returned to its banks, and we were finally able to build a fire. We ate s’mores and laughed about smoke following beauty and… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Anger in the Time of Covid-19

These days, I’m filled with anger. As someone who is dealing with an autoimmune illness and trying to function in a Covid-infested world, I struggle.  I’m embarrassed to say that my greatest struggle is the anger I have towards the people who have chosen not to get the vaccine and the ones who refuse to… Read More

The Pastoral is Political – Are you Scottish enough?

Scotland prides itself in being and open and welcoming country. Whilst other parts of the UK have been reticent in their welcome of others arriving as refugees, Scotland has been welcoming. One of the groups that best represents this is RefuWeeGee, a Glasgow based charity that supports asylum seekers and refuges in and around the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Can Fear Be Your Superpower?

It is exhausting to keep your opinions to yourself.  Even more taxing is holding the gospel inside when you know it should be spoken. Yet that is where many of us have found ourselves this past year. As I read, listen, and watch the news there are always stories that cry out for God’s mercy… Read More