The Pastoral is Political: What will the church say to #MeToo?

It’s because my daughter told me a story yesterday about an older boy who insisted on touching her back to “help her” up some stairs at school. And he continued to do it after she told him she didn’t need help. It’s because there are men at the church I serve who insist on hugging… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: A Letter to My Children

I’m positive our second child was conceived the week before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. By the time the results came in a week later I had two thoughts: How could I bring another child into the world when I have such fear for the future? How could I not bring another child into the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Undomesticated Violence

When I was growing up, my mother gave out occasional relationship advice. One piece she felt was worth repeating on the regular: “Never marry a man who raises his hand to you.” Note the euphemism; raising a hand is what we did in the classroom to answer a question or to be excused. Still, it… Read More

Pastoral is Political: No Lifeguard on Duty

In the United States, we’ve had yet another mass shooting in a church. This one was in a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, not far from San Antonio. It appears that 7% of the entire town was killed today in church. About the same percentage was injured. Christe eleison. My first thoughts, prayers, and energy… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Church IS Political

I recently sat on a panel at a Christian University and a student asked me, “How do we know if we are being too political in church?” Given the current state of this country—and that of my agitated Puerto Rican, Afriqueña, queer, woman spirit—my quick response was, “As the church, we can never be too… Read More

The Pastoral is Political : Domestic Violence – A Clear Perspective

My parents recently relocated to sunny Florida.  They are temporarily staying with my sister and her husband and their three youngest children that are still at home.  My parents are having a blast spending time with the grandchildren.  Although they are enjoying the time spent with the grandchildren weekdays; their weekends are set aside for… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Animals of the Flood

I remember where I was 16 years ago today when I learned what began happening at 8:46 a.m. in the United States. And I remember where I was the next few days: watching the news coverage in disbelief, trying to make sense of the never-before experienced. Now, Hurricane Irma has been having the same effect… Read More