I grew up in Fundamentalist Christianity, and that tradition does not allow women to be ordained or to have a leadership role that would result in women teaching men.
I struggle with the word “calling."
“We weren’t trying to break the law. We were offering humanitarian assistance.”
People who survive cancer often call it a gift. It comes as a great disruption and forces a kind of personal reckoning. Something similar could be said about the election of Donald Trump for churches in America.
Let’s vow to protect environmental justice and the EPA, critical parts of Black history, past and present.
If you are a pastor, priest, or other Christian leader in the U.S., or if you are an active church member, the election of Donald Trump has changed your life and ministry, and not just a little, but a lot, and for the foreseeable future.
It is easy for those of us born after the Roe vs. Wade decision to forget that, eleven years before the ruling, upwards of five thousand women died from having illegal abortions. Distance from this era of a staggering reproductive health crisis must be treated with elation and caution.
The list of alarming actions and statements from President Trump’s first week in office takes our collective breath away.
Finding the information for this post wasn’t difficult. A simple search on any Bible site or in any Bible software will spit it out this same data for you in a matter of nanoseconds.
I want to invite you to dinner.
All of you.
For the last few years Christians have been singing worship songs that include lyrics like “keep my eyes above the waves, when oceans rise …” and yet have rejected refugees who’ve seen loved ones die beneath waves, who themselves have literally struggled to keep from drowning in oceans.
As religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds, we are called by our sacred texts and faith traditions to love our neighbor, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the sojourner.
I ran into someone the other day who had just returned from the women’s march in Washington and she had with her a poster from the march.