The Pastoral is Political: Minding the Gap, Mending the Gap

There’s a guy who comes to see me at church every couple months. He’s lived in his car for as long as I’ve known him, because shelters are not his speed, and most won’t allow his kitten anyway.  Just about every time he comes in, needing anywhere from twenty to a hundred dollars, he’s got… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Heartbreak of Feeding the Hungry

I want our legislators to come sit in my office for the last two weeks of the month. My church runs a small, volunteer-stocked emergency food pantry. We receive no state or federal aid, but are dependent on the canned goods that folks bring to worship or to church events. Yet, as small as this… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: “How can you live here?”

We had friends stay with us for the first time this summer. Mostly, it was a good visit. Our children are about the same ages, and get along as well as young children can. Our house is big enough that we didn’t feel squished together. We all love to cook, and to eat well –… Read More