The Pastoral Is Political: Welcome to the Church… Now Get Out!

A lot of things happened on June 12. Here are two: 50 people died, and more than 50 people were wounded, at Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. I was ordained as clergy in the United Church of Christ. For the rest of my ministry, I will associate these two events. For the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Not Your Story to Tell

She gripped my hand in the doorway ¬†of the church, following the Good Friday service, “I’ve never really liked Jews.” I had just finished decrying present-day harassment of Jews in the Ukraine and noted that we are kidding ourselves if we thought we would treat Jesus better now than he was treated then. We prayed.… Read More