The Pastoral is Political: Minding the Gap, Mending the Gap

There’s a guy who comes to see me at church every couple months. He’s lived in his car for as long as I’ve known him, because shelters are not his speed, and most won’t allow his kitten anyway.  Just about every time he comes in, needing anywhere from twenty to a hundred dollars, he’s got… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Turn out the lights

Light pollution is one visible symptom of our undoing of the order of Creation. The separation of day and night is countered by round-the-clock activity and artificial illumination. We refuse to submit ourselves to the bounds that God set for us. We have rebelled from the beginning. But this past weekend, for a brief moment, I glimpsed hope. Read More

The Pastoral is Political: More Than Thoughts and Prayers

The Pastoral is Political: More Than Thoughts and Prayers. Is your heart sore? Is your carpal tunnel kicking in from writing to people trying to instigate action? Are you tired of having the same conversations—the ones resulting in no change? Are you losing sleep trying to figure out what else you can do and/or how… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Borders

The Pastoral is Political – Borders I am writing this at the start of a holiday. My hubby and I love traveling. Each year we decide where we are heading and I get planning. I can spend hours looking at flight options and reading reviews of accommodation options. I always aim to get a good… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Romans 13

In the midst of the current immigration debacle in the United States, I have seen an uptick in quoting Romans 13:1-2: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed,… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Whiteness, Immigration, and Who Gets to Be Considered Made in God’s Image

A number of months ago, I did some Googling.  Maybe it was because of some actions or tweets by Kim Kardashian regarding her Armenian advocacy or appropriating another culture.  Or maybe I was just curious to figure out where the word Caucasian originated.  Either way, I found this article: “How Armenian Americans Became ‘White’: A… Read More

The Pastoral is Political

Playing in the Fields of Hope I’ve been playing in church for a long time, mostly with children, sometimes with adults. I learned a new game, “God’s Musical Chairs,” from Jeff Doucette, pastor at Enniskillen & Tyrone United Church in Bowmanville, Ontario. We are members of an online international church called CASA. God’s Musical Chairs… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Footprints in the sand

Ten years ago I lived on the foothills of the Santa Ritas, a small mountain range in southern Arizona. Backyards were separated by deep rocky crevices called arroyos, ancient pathways for rain water that runs off the mountains during the summer monsoon season. The arroyos are vital to the environment, providing greenery for food and… Read More