The Pastoral is Political: Short-Term Memory

We are the dead; short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. from In Flanders Fields by John McCrae Sunday, November 11, 2018 was the one-hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War One in Europe. The festivities have been… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Election Issue

It’s the day before the midterm elections here in the Not-Yet-United States of America. You can feel the buzz on the interwebs. I spent months trying to figure out what GoTV was, thinking I was missing a new Netflix or Hulu, only to finally figure out it means “Get Out the Vote.” I’m receiving nudges… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: How brave are we?

Yesterday, I sat in a pew at worship, in that strange position that I occupy these days as a mostly non-preaching preacher. My wife had scrapped her planned stewardship kick-off sermon to reflect the events of the week, naming how hard it can be to welcome the stranger and be a neighbor to all while… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Cost of Environmental Disaster

The sky was blue with fluffy white clouds on this mild October day in Central Scotland. It was the calm after Storm Callum, which is still causing havoc in other parts of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Floods and landslides have caused death and destruction. Lives and livelihoods lie in ruin. The reported… 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

“No Incentive”… to speak the truth

Last night, Senator Jeff Flake (R, Arizona) was asked on 60 Minutes if he could have/would have delayed the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court had he been running for re-election. Scott Pelley: Senator Flake, you’ve announced that you’re not running for re-election and I wonder, could you have done this,… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: #BurnCandlesNotRainbows

Chicago Priest Burns Rainbow Banner: On Sept. 14, Father Paul Kalchik, priest at Resurrection Catholic Church in the neighborhood of Avondale in Chicago took a church banner that displayed a rainbow and a cross, cut it into pieces, and burned it in the Easter Vigil fire pit in front of a few congregation members. In… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Why Kavanaugh Should be Held Accountable

As a person of faith, I believe that the world can be better than it is. That’s the hope that religion gives us – that we can transcend self-interest and care for those around us as we care for ourselves. It is from this perspective that I want to shift the paradigm as we talk… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Spiritual Beings Having a Political Experience

We were on a road trip, and we started a conversation with the Wendy’s employee who had just taken our order. With no people in line and an almost empty restaurant, she seemed happy to chat with us. “I’m studying to be an LVN,” she enthusiastically proclaimed. A first-career medical technologist myself, I was interested… Read More