WILL PROGRESSIVE CHURCHES PRAY FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP? [Excerpts]
For the first time in eight years, progressive congregations throughout the United States will find themselves under a president who is opposed to many of their views.
One congregation in California, All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, garnered national headlines earlier this month for its refusal to pray for President Donald Trump by name.
"We are in a unique situation in my lifetime where we have a president elect whose name is literally a trauma trigger to some people," said All Saints Church Rector Mike Kinman, as report by local media outlet Pasadena Now.
"Whereas before we prayed for 'Barack, our president,' we are now praying for 'our president, our president elect, and all others in authority' [without naming names.] This practice will continue for at least the near future."
Other theologically progressive congregations may not take such a step, but rather will focus on praying that Trump will turn away from the controversial rhetoric and proposals from the campaign season.
The Rev. Alice Rose Tewell, associate pastor at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., told The Christian Post that her congregation will "pray for our political leaders from all backgrounds during our worship service."
Tewell made no mention of any policy of censoring Trump's name, instead citing 1st Timothy 2:1-2, "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity."
"We have and we will continue to pray that our next president would act on with justice and mercy for each person throughout our nation and the world," said Tewell.
"We pray that our next president will turn from the rhetoric of his campaign and instead stand up for the rights of the immigrant and refugee, the rights of women and children, the rights of people of color, the rights of those who live with disabilities, the rights of the LGBTQ community, for the rights of those living without homes or in unstable conditions, and for all who are lack enough opportunity, chances at a good education, and healthcare."
(Gryboski, "Will Progressive Churches Pray for President-Elect Donald Trump?," ChristianPost Online, 1/18/17).
[TBC: The prayers detailed by Tewell have their roots in what is called "The Social Gospel." For further information see "The Shameful Social Gospel" in the September 2008 newsletter.]