Pastoral Is Political: Triggers

I’m not the first to say it, this election has been triggering. For immigrants, for People of Color, for women, for men of conscience. For, well, almost everyone. In preparation for this blog I found this post. The 25 Worst Quotes from Donald Trump. Wow. And this list does not include the most “recent” comments that… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Black Lives Matter

Okay, white family. Let me talk to you right quick… For those of you who ask “How long?” or “How many times must this happen?” I’ll tell you precisely when it will stop. It will stop when people en masse are aware of the ways in which whiteness/white supremacy have shaped the way people of… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Check Your Speech

As the United States’ political primary season ramps up its rhetoric and partisanship, I find it harder and harder to find the language of acceptance and tolerance in our political climate. I marvel at some candidates’ inability to accept that people can differ on theological grounds, and still want a country that supports a thriving… Read More

There’s a Feminist in the Book of Genesis

I am a seventies baby. I was born in 1970 and I heard, read and experienced a lot around civil rights, women’s rights, feminism, glass ceilings, etc. I was raised in a middle class community where my family was clearly the minority. My elementary and high schools were comprised of kids from my community, predominately… Read More

Entitlement–Sometimes There is a Free Lunch

The other day on Facebook, in response to a news story that all students at some Idaho schools will be receiving free lunches, an elected Idaho official made this comment: Of course, the funding for this program comes from Federal money and not from a local school bond. And of course, parents are in no… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Transracial WTF

The story only broke late last week, and already I’m tired of talking about it. Yes, that story. The story of Rachel Dolezal, the woman who had been living her life as an African-American until recently when she was “outed” by her estranged Caucasian parents. It’s a story that had Black folks scratching our heads and… Read More

Virgin, Schmirgin

When I was interviewing for my current call, one of the questions asked of me, in one of the many different conversations I had with various committees, was, “What does the Virgin Birth mean to you?” I know there are some people for whom that question is very important. For some of them, it is… Read More