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...]

How Trump is Making Misogyny Great Again

Last week, women's health experts and other commentators detailed the “abusive behaviors” exhibited in Trump’s debate performance. And all the lights came on. So THIS is why he’s so hard to watch, I thought. This is why our stomachs turn when he talks; when he belittles opponents and unleashes verbal tirades and refuses to stay on topic. He’s not just unpleasant. He is a predator. And any woman who’s ever been in an abusive relationship--physical or otherwise--can see it a mile away.So when … [Read more...]

Read the Comments: Terence Crutcher and Our Sin of Silence

Again. AGAIN.Again this morning I am sitting in front of the screen with the struggle that is starting to feel all too familiar--to watch, or not to watch?I do not want to watch the video of Terence Crutcher being shot by police. It is no small thing to witness the end of a human life. I've been in the room when people die. More than once. In those cases, it is a sacred thing. But it is no small thing, that passage. It is a holiness that I hold lightly--but never take lightly. And … [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...]

Let Love Be Overheard

I went to breakfast yesterday at a usual neighborhood place.There was a Muslim family there too-- an older woman and a two young women in full hijabs; plus a younger couple with two small boys, all of whom were dressed in a completely suburban way. They were talking and laughing and bustling around to get situated. As you do when you are a fairly large dining party and there are small children involved. They were seated at a big table right next to our booth.Enter, white lady who is s … [Read more...]

We Don’t Dance on Graves: To Those Celebrating the Death of Phyllis Schlafly

People. Get ahold of yourselves.I get it. She tried to single-handedly squelch the Equal Rights movement with her own cold, unfeeling hands.  She has been the unsmiling, judgy face of the Moral Majority. She made "feminism" a bad word in a whole lot of circles She was a hypocrite who enjoyed a wildly successful political career, even as she insisted that a woman's place was in the home. She used her privilege as a wealthy white woman to exact social change that would harm the poorest and mo … [Read more...]

Holy Ground: The Story You Aren’t Hearing About the Dakota Access Pipeline

The summer after college, I was part of a traveling crew that set up, and led, a mission trip experience for high schoolers. Youth groups and their leaders would come and camp out at a local high school; spend their days working on area homes, getting to know the residents and local culture; then come back to the school at night for activities and evening worship. After a week they'd leave, exhausted and maybe more grateful for the relative comfort of their regular lives.That summer, I fell i … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Celebrate The National Parks Centennial

There are few things I love more than National Parks.So there are many places I would love to be this week to celebrate the Centennial of our National Parks Service. Like the edge of the Grand Canyon. The narrows of Zion National Park. Standing knee deep in the cool perfection of Jenny Lake. Heading up Going to the Sun Road in a "Jammer." Surrounded in the pure darkness of Mammoth Cave. On a pristine beach in the Channel Islands. Or crashing an elk party in the Rocky Mountains.But alas, h … [Read more...]