Hillary’s Values: seeking criminal justice reform

This week, like me, I’m sure you prayed for peace and healing in Baltimore. Amidst the pain and suffering, the hatred and illegal acts, it was challenging to process the destruction and looting in a great American city while simultaneously wanting to acknowledge their rightful frustration. After Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Eric Garner [Read More...]

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point

(This opinion is reproduced with permission from the author and courtesy of The Huffington Post.) Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination [Read More...]

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty

On December 9 2014 despite objections from anti-death penalty activists, a last minute petition to the Supreme Court, and media outcry, the state of Georgia killed Robert Wayne Holsey. Convicted in 1997 for murdering sheriff’s deputy William Robinson, Holsey’s guilt was never in question. And yet, in the weeks and days leading up to his [Read More...]

Celebrating the Power of Light at Christmas

At every Christmas Eve service my favorite part is always the final singing of Silent Night. Watching the warm orange and yellow light from the flickering candles one-by-one is a joyous sight as new faces, old faces, and those who have been away the past year are welcomed into one union celebrating the birth of Jesus. My [Read More...]

Well Deserved Penance

My name is John Hilton and I am delighted to be affiliated with Faithful Democrats.  That sounds awfully cliché; of the AA variety in fact.  But it is true, and anyone who knows me well enough will understand the amateur attempt at humor.  For I am a walking contradiction to the old Winston Churchill axiom [Read More...]

Happy New Year — We’re Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, I am happy to announce that Faithful Democrats is back in action. Moving forward, I want to give thanks to our old readers who have found us again and to the new ones that are just now stumbling onto our site. In 2014, we hope to use Faithful Democrats [Read More...]

What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society; and Sala Nolan Gonzales, minister for criminal justice and human rights at the United Church of Christ’s Justice & Witness Ministries. As Christians should know but often don’t, mass incarceration is one of our [Read More...]

Faith and Democratic Party Politics, an Interview I Gave…

I like telling the story of people of faith in the Democratic Party… their strength and resolve, through their faith in God, to be servants, caring for and fighting for the American people. [Read more...]

Would Jesus Vote?

I saw a headline here at Faithful Democrats the other day that asked, “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” The question gave me pause. What would it even look like for Jesus to vote? Imagine Jesus walking into a polling place wearing his usual off-white tunic. He waits in line awkwardly and scans the room, secretly [Read More...]

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government

I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years back, and it seemed like a good (and hopefully fun) anchor for a post on the role of Church and Government and factors Christians should weigh when voting and picking political sides: One night I had a wondrous dream Two [Read More...]


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