Election Fatigue: 10 Spiritual Practices for Toxic Times

I want to write about election fatigue. But I'm too tired.I've been dragging, feeling run-down and drained. This should not be. I haven't been sick. It's my favorite time of year. Church is good, kids are good. It's almost Halloween and last week was my birthday. I just got a FitBit and have met my step goals every day since I put the dang thing on. I've been sleeping ok. I eat green vegetables. What more does this body want from me?My first impulse would be to blame last week's … [Read more...]

The Main Issue That Faith-Based Voters Should Be Asking Tough Questions About

Here are things that I hear faith-based voters talking about this election season: -Abortion -Marriage -Guns (because Jesus...?) -Freedom of Religion  -Abortion again -Terrorism -Abortion some more At least, this is what candidates address when they court the faith-based vote. When we say 'faith-based' voters, that typically implies a certain demographic of socially and fiscally conservative Christians. But there are a wide range of people across the religious, political and ideological s … [Read more...]

Exit the Echo Chamber: Bipartisanship As An Act of Faith

Guest Post: by Sarah Stewart HollandTwice a week, I co-host a political podcast with a Republican. I’m a Democrat. This means that twice a week I sit down and engage in political debate with someone who feels very differently than I do on a great many issues.We start each show the same.“No shouting. No insults. Plenty of nuance.”Willingly volunteering for political confrontation is most people’s worst nightmares. It’s certainly my mother’s worst nightmare but I do it willingly bec … [Read more...]

10 Life Hacks To Try If You Favor “Outsiders” with “No Experience”

I kind of get it. Many people feel they have no voice in decisions that affect their lives; they've been left out of the economy, their values aren't reflected in the systems in which they must function, and much of the surrounding culture feels utterly foreign to their familiar context. I try to feel empathy for those who have endured a steep, uphill climb for years with nothing to show for it. And I can appreciate the idea that voting for a Presidential candidate who is "an outsider" with "no … [Read more...]

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Which Amendment Comes First? Guns, Muslims, and Fear that Trumps Freedom

After Senator Chris Murphy led a 15-hour filibuster; and other lawmakers, led by Rep. John Lewis, staged a sit-in on the House floor; Congress finally allowed for a vote on measures that would, among other things, ban people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns.Conservative lawmakers voted the measure down. Though its failure to pass was predictable, the reason they gave was a bit of a head-scratcher. (Not that reason has much play in the conversation around gun control...) Their c … [Read more...]

Pro-Choice, Anti-Abortion: Why the SCOTUS Ruling on Abortion is Good for Everyone

Hi, my name is Erin and I'm a feminist.I am also a Christian who believes in the sanctity of life; and I am deeply unsettled by the number of pregnancies that are terminated in America every year.I believe life begins at conception, and that any loss of life is tragic. However--I also know that my opinion on that matter comes from a place of privilege. I've never lived in poverty or worried how I would feed myself--much less child. I've never been raped or physically abused. I have a … [Read more...]

How Jesus Saves the World (From Us): A Review

Some political consultants on NPR this morning--one Democrat, one Republican--were talking about the current election cycle. Given that it was NPR, it was not the level of anxiety and venom that we usually hear in political discourse these days. I've long suspected that NPR's real listener loyalty comes, not from the quality of news and programming, but from that soothing, monotonous drone of their commentary. If you're in heavy traffic, having a crazy day, or just tired of clicking through … [Read more...]

A Change of Heart: Trump, After All

I don't know, you guys. Maybe they know something we don't. It's all starting to make so much sense now...Here's what I know. I'm tired of being "politically correct." It's exhausting trying to be nice all the time, feeling like you need to please everyone. Social change is hard, maybe even impossible. The world has gone to shit, and we all know it. Maybe the best possible solution is to pick a race and class of people who will just always be in charge, and always have power; and trust that, … [Read more...]

The Unfriend Trend: Why You Should Stop Ditching All the Trump Supporters

Maybe Jerry Falwell, Jr was right. Donald Trump IS, in fact, like Jesus Christ. At least, in one major way.  He has come to set father against son, mother against daughter, and mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law. In many cases, our enemies are members of our own household." Further, nation shall rise up against nation. He comes not to bring peace, but a sword. Dear Mr. Trump--I do not think that means what you think it means.But he's beside the point. Sort of. Fact is, this whole c … [Read more...]