Not an “Issue”

One of the hardest parts about being a person of faith committed to justice is when basic human dignity is made a political issue. Transgender people are not an “issue,” and their humanity is not up for debate. Transgender people, like all other people, are human beings, created in the image of God, deserving of… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Christ is Lord

In recent months, the doctrine of Christ’s Lordship has frequently come to mind… especially as it was emphasized in a time when dictatorships were on the rise in Europe. An example of this is seen in the Barmen Declaration, a document written in Germany in 1934 by Karl Barth, Hans Asmussen, and Thomas Breit. The Barmen… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Please, Call Me Out

He doesn’t come to worship every week. He shows up randomly. He sits in the back. But we’re a small church, and from up front, four steps up on that chancel no less, I can see everything. Sometimes I remind the congregation, especially on mornings when they’re all studying their feet or sharing snacks in… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: We Shine Brighter Together

I serve a tiny church. It was once a center of activity for a German immigrant community. Later, it was a neighborhood center. Now it is a small band of committed people. There is diversity in these people. We have people whose ancestors come from Africa, Europe, East Asia, and also the Caribbean and Central… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Squad Goals

There were plenty of things about what happened to the Honorable Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts, that got under my skin: the way the old boys called her out to protect their friend and colleague, the racist history of the nominee she opposed, the fact that they silenced her while she read a letter by the late… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Massacring the Good People of Bowling Green

Okay, I totally wasn’t going to write about this. Really, I mean besides being kind of funny on some memes – is it really worth talking about? I mean should I give my time to she who speaks lies? Unfortunately, yes, and in this instance she’s hit home for me. As this RevGal was born… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Defense Edition

The pastoral is geeky, at least. I’ve had an episode of Star Trek (TNG, for those of you who care) stuck in my head this week. The one in which the Enterprise encounters one of many unknown phenomena: this one washes waves of energy over them which threaten to tear the ship apart. So, of… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Pointing in the Wrong Direction

Ever since the election in the U.S. in November, I’ve noticed a tendency for many of us on the “losing” side of the election to turn on each other. People of one race blame people of another for not getting their vote out. People who supported Secretary Clinton blame people who voted for Jill Stein… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Last Christmas

So we light the Christ candle and we take that light into the world, hoping it will shine brighter than before, that nuclear winter will be a fear of the past, and that springtime resurrection will appear for us once again. Read More