Narrative Lectionary: Floods of justice (Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24)

Toward the end of October of this year, the South of Scotland endured some severe rain and flooding. Scots are used to rain but this was toward the extreme end of our tolerance, with fields and town centres filled with water, roads made dangerous, railway bridges closed (just in case) and two foot bridges washed… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Questions and Challenges

One of the most prominent topics of conversation in The Pastoral is Political has been an ongoing discussion of just what is political and what is appropriate to speak to from the pulpit (or, more broadly, what action is appropriate for ordained clergy to take and what is not). There are members of our congregations… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Borders

The Pastoral is Political – Borders I am writing this at the start of a holiday. My hubby and I love traveling. Each year we decide where we are heading and I get planning. I can spend hours looking at flight options and reading reviews of accommodation options. I always aim to get a good… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Resurrection Courage

Last Wednesday, April 4th, I had the privilege of taking part in a silent prayer walk through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It was my first time there. I was filled with mixed yet deep emotion being there on that day, especially. This silent sojourn was both a commemoration of Dr. King’s… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: A Letter to My Children

I’m positive our second child was conceived the week before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. By the time the results came in a week later I had two thoughts: How could I bring another child into the world when I have such fear for the future? How could I not bring another child into the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: 10 Ways to Defeat a Bully

10. Walk away. Do not give the bully attention. Completely unfollow on social media, if applicable. The person in question has nothing that you want. 9. Information embargo. Engage in ZERO information seeking. Consider what power you have personally and how you can use it to stop streams of revenue, attention, or power to the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Independence Day

Independence Day was a protest. Radical white men held protests, and boycotts, and dumped a bunch of tea into the sea because they felt they were being treated unfairly. To avoid paying money into a system that didn’t see them, didn’t recognize them, and refused to hear their voices, they set up their own committees… Read More

Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe (Like Beckham)

In my circles, whenever defeats are dealt, it is common to hear the disappointed person quote Martin Luther King, Jr to say, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” It seems my friends are needing to say that quote more and more often. When discriminatory bills are passed by… Read More