Iowa pastor says running for office is a test of faith

Religion News Service | 1/11/2020 | Jack Jenkins
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DES MOINES, Iowa (RNS) — Loving your enemies isn't an easy thing to do on the campaign trail.

Candidate - Pastor

Even if the candidate is a pastor.

"(Faith) pushes us in ways that are not always comfortable, which means sacrificing yourself and caring for people that you wouldn't want to care for normally, like loving your neighbor or loving your enemies," said the Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott.

Office - Way - Living

"Running for office is definitely a harder way of living that out."

Garriott, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who is running for state Senate in Iowa, is hardly the first faith leader to seek elected office. But in an era where the Republican Party often dominates conversations about faith and politics, the pastor is one of several Democratic candidates quietly mustering religion-conscious campaigns to take down powerful Republicans in 2020.

Garriott - Background - Ministry - Strength - €?

For Garriott, a background in ministry is a strength to be touted — not a weakness to be hidden under a bushel. And running for office is an act of faith.

Originally from Minnesota, Garriott served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in New Mexico after graduating from college, focusing on the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. She then enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, hoping to learn how to help pastors address those same issues. It was there that she met her husband, then a scholar of patristics, and first began considering ordained ministry.

Country - Years - Philadelphia - Garriott - Hospital

The two moved around the country for several years after that: first to Philadelphia, where Garriott worked as a hospital chaplain, and later to Illinois, where she enrolled in seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

After seminary, Garriott served congregations in West Virginia, Virginia and Iowa before becoming an interfaith organizer for the Des Moines Area Religious Council in 2017.

People - Folks - Connections

"I like to connect with people, meet folks, make connections...
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