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Politics in the pulpit

If Kathleen and Peter Braafladt wanted to protest the movement of nuclear waste by sitting on railroad tracks during the week, parishioner Stewart Dall wouldn't much care. But come Sunday, his pastors better say something about Jesus when they step into the pulpit of Messiah Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Wash.

Dall is one of more than 50 readers who responded to The Lutheran's call asking how pastors handle politics from the pulpit.

"What I want to learn is not their stand on current issues, but how the teachings of Jesus can best be exemplified in life's daily challenges," he says.

Most who responded agreed, calling any attempt to endorse from the pulpit a candidate or a position unethical, unwise, inappropriate and even a misuse of power.


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