The Pastoral Is Political: Praying for the Powers That Be

Last week, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter the question “Do you hate the president?” Her response was passionate, knowing that her motivations had been misconstrued: “…as a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I… 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: I Choose Love

I stood on the corner, silently, with a smile and a sign that read, “We choose LOVE.” A man yelled at me, “Tell THAT to ISIS!” A woman got in my face and told me I didn’t know the Bible.That I needed to learn about the wrath of God. A man questioned my ordination. He… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Let’s Drop the “Us vs. Them”

As the U.S. political process ‘officially’ gets started with the New Hampshire primary, we have already seen a growing disparity of opinion and a predominance of the ‘us vs. them’ mentality. It often appears that those candidates and supporters who frequently proclaim themselves ‘Christians’ are also the loudest factions displaying argumentative and adversarial behavior. Civil… Read More