The Thoughtful Pastor is one woman’s way of making sense of the world, especially the intersected world of religion and politics. I think, question, and connect odd dots.
I find delight in ambiguity and mystery and less tolerance of those who call themselves people of God and then use that self-description as a way to abuse others.
As a retired Elder in The United Methodist Church, I have written extensively about UMC issues. Many of our institutional concerns echo national political matters.
I write the weekly religion column (Ask the Thoughtful Pastor) for the Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper. I also do film reviews, opinion pieces, and have completed one book (An Ordinary Death) with others in the works.Here’s an article that sums up a good bit of my retirement life as a “mystery worshiper.”
I believe God holds the world together with passionate interest in redeeming all creation, not just a few selected people who have managed to say the correct words or believe with a pre-set pattern.
These beliefs represent hard steps away from my long background and education in the conservative/fundamentalist church, trying to find a voice in a world that insists women remain voiceless. Those years nearly killed me. In the end, I chose life. I walked out. Everything changed.