The Pastoral is Political: Choosing the Main Thing

There’s a lot coming at us these days—families separated at the border; health care under threat; racial profiling everywhere, from lemonade stands to police stops to coffee shops to funerals (funerals!); multiple political maneuverings to keep track of and decide which are important and which are “nothingburgers;” multiple indictments handed down against Russians this past… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Being Prophetic in a New Call

Just this past week, I started a new call in my hometown.  I am ecstatic to be the senior pastor of this congregation, and they are excited for this new chapter in their church. As this is a congregation with a variety of political and theological views (like most in my denomination), I’m finding it… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Love or Betrayal?

On a daily basis, we’re invited to be voyeurs into the misery of the lives of others, seeing the tragedy and horror of the helpless, the homeless and the hopeless. Then, we move on to the next headline. In the UK, the listing order of the tragedy depends on its nature and where in the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political

The road signs are blooming in our neck of the woods. Early voting has begun for the primaries which will decide who we vote for in the fall general elections. It’s been an interesting process. For the first time, both of our young adult progeny are informed voters. They are seriously evaluating candidates’ literature. Their interest… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: The Politics of “Just”

I have served almost exclusively in small-town and rural congregations in the Upper Midwest. Each of those congregations has a quilting group that makes dozens, sometimes hundreds, of quilts each year. Today I’m thinking about two of those groups. In one group, one of the members made it her special ministry to cut up the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Sneaky Ninja Jedi Pastor

Although I know many young women who are pastors, lets be honest, that is my world, the perception is that these pastors are few and far between. When I was in seminary, 8 years ago, there were more female students than male. My mother was a pastor. Its not unusual for me to see pastors… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Entirely Normal

“Remember,” the occasional social media post urges, “this is not normal.” The raging rhetoric of an elected official is not normal. The militarization of police is not normal. The peddling of political & financial influence is not normal. The forceful separation of brown & Black children from their parents is not normal. The level of… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Robbed of Full Humanity

Note: many of the articles linked to this article contain profanity, slurs, and triggers. In 1915, my grandfather was driven from his homeland and sentenced to die at the age of six.  His crime was being born an Armenian in Turkey. American Ambassador Henry Morganthau, Sr. asked Talaat Pasha, lead architect of the Armenian Genocide,… Read More