What Role Does Faith Play in Hillary Clinton’s Commitment to Public Service?

August 1, 2016

Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, one of the workshop leaders for our 2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering, is now writing a book on the faith journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Drawing upon her research for that book, Du Mez published an article last week in the online news journal Religion and Politics in which she said,

“Skeptics may be surprised to learn that Clinton taught Sunday school and delivered guest sermons on Methodism as first lady of Arkansas, and that she devoted an entire chapter of her first book, It Takes a Village, to the importance of faith. They may not know that in her memoir Hard Choices, she credits the Wesleyan mantra, ‘Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can,’ with prompting her to enter electoral politics, and later to leave the Senate and accept President-Elect Obama’s invitation to become secretary of state. In short, Clinton depicts her entire career in public service as a means of putting her faith into action.”

Read Du Mez’s complete article from Religion and Politics: “Can Clinton’s Faith Help Her Lead a Fractured Nation?”

See also another article on Hillary Clinton’s religious history that Du Mez wrote for the Washington Post.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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