Narrative Lectionary: Called to Decolonize (Genesis 12:1-9)

Later this month will mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico as its 3.3 million residents still reeled from the impact of the often forgotten Hurricane Irma which hit the island just two weeks before. As I type these words, I whisper the name Raúl Pagán, my father’s cousin—que en… Read More

Saturday Prayer

For the twelve Thai boys and their coach rescued from the depths of the cave; for cave divers, engineers, medical personnel—all 10,000 people who participated in the rescue; for their fathers and mothers holding their sons in their arms today– Gracious God, we give you thanks. For the thousands of children separated from their parents… 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

Saturday Prayer – Jesus the Border Crosser

Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your feet marching steadily, as you did, into places of fear and grief and danger. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser May we be your hands, reaching, as you did, across imaginary lines drawn in sand. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your mouth, prophesying, as… Read More

RevGalBlogPals statement on the travel ban

As people of faith, members of the clergy, and workers in religious institutions we find the U.S. immigration ban on and deportation of Muslim and Arab refugees morally reprehensible. It is entirely inconsistent with and cannot be reconciled with the Constitutional values of the United States of America. Protection of the vulnerable is one of the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: A Note from Auntie Screwtape

My darling nephew, Your uncle is terribly busy these days, but your auntie thought she would take a moment to write to her favorite nephew. I hope that you’re doing well and that you’re keeping warm. A chill will give you a devil of a cold. (Haha, I hope you’ll forgive the little pun.) There’s… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Why I Was Arrested At Moral Mondays IL

On Monday, June 29, 2015, two Lutheran pastors, two Methodist pastors, a rabbi, two community organizers, and a senior citizen got arrested for trespassing in the lobby of Citadel in downtown Chicago during a Moral Mondays Illinois action. I was one of them. …Sounds like a line of a joke, right? Well, it’s not. Illinois… Read More