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

The Pastoral Is Political: On Overload

Are you on overload? I’m on overload. Just in the past week alone, listening to two men threaten one another with nuclear weapons and watching the white nationalist/supremacist/Nazi rallies in Charlottesville has given us more than our souls have bargained for. There’s too much hate happening in our world, and we see it firsthand in… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: “Reclaiming My Time”

Count me as a very grateful beneficiary of the public service of U.S. Representative Maxine Waters. She is perceptive and persistent. If you haven’t seen this recent exchange between her and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, please take a moment to savor her awesomeness in this video.  Her office had sent him an official letter. His office… Read More

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest

A week ago, I sat listening and praying in Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Capitol Hill, an historic black church. I attended at the invitation of a friend who was part of the arrests in the Capitol on July 13th of this year. She and others were taken to lock-up for praying and singing in… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Peace for Gaza

I would like you to take a few moments to picture the following: Imagine an area of land that is only a mere 360 kilometers, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and is surrounded by a tall barrier wall that shuts those who live inside the borders out from the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Seeking writers

We are seeking more clergywomen to write for our weekly feature, The Pastoral is Political. Our current team includes 16 writers who each write 3 to 4 times per year. Writers address a topic of their choosing in which there is some intersection between the life of faith and the civic or political world. RevGalBlogPals is committed to… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Because it’s gonna take more than just prayer…

Last week, while a bunch of our church kids were gathered and playing and laughing and dancing, a couple miles north there was a drive-by shooting. A gunman (or gunmans) shot into a car, hitting all four people inside: two adults in their 20s, and two babies. Babies. A 9-month-old and an 18-month-old are still… Read More