When I was a child, at the first sign of the deep blue midday sky, my anxiety-ridden stomach would begin to churn. I knew what was coming but didn’t know the severity. Sometimes tornado sirens would wail in the background. Other times, we would just experience a run-of-the-mill summer storm. After I moved to Florida… Read More
The Pastoral is Political: We Can Protest
Sometimes it’s hard to love our neighbours. In June 2016, forty-one year old Jo Cox was shot and brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight by a white supremacist. Why? Jo was a fervent supporter of the UK remaining in the European Union. She had only been elected as a UK Member of Parliament elected… 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: It’s not “me first.”
It’s not ‘me first’. My blood pressure has been rising each day as I watch the BBC news. Living in the UK, it would be easy to think that nothing of any consequence is happening in our world, except Brexit the UK exit from the European Union. It would be easy, too, to think that… Read More