Progressive Revival

Sara Miles is the author of Take This Bread:A Radical Conversion (Ballantine Books) and How to Hack a Party Line: The Democrats and Silicon Valley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Out, The Progressive, La Jornada and Salon, among others. She has written extensively on military affairs, politics, religion and culture. Sara Miles is the Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, where she runs a food pantry serving over 500 families a week. An activist and organizer, she directs The Food Pantry, which has helped launch 16 community-run food programs in poor neighborhoods around the Bay Area.

Standing in the long line at 7:30 in the morning at my polling place today– a place where, in fifteen years, I have never had to wait at all, where nobody much bothered to vote — was an amazing experience. …Read More

Today, the Sunday before the election, we celebrated All Saints’ Day at church. Because my tradition considers the “saints” to include all of God’s holy people in every time and place, we honor not just the orthodox and canonical saints, …Read More

Given war, hunger, and the world-wide economic meltdown, it’s hard for me to have a lot of patience with the ideologues who, once again, have dragged the issue of gay marriage onto my state’s ballot as if it were the …Read More

    “Of course,” Patricia told me, leaning in close, “of course English people don’t even like the Scottish.” Patricia, the funny, perceptive, activist wife of a progressive Church of England vicar, made a face. ” I have no idea if …Read More

When people talk about radical homosexuals, they mean me. When they talk about left-wing, socialist feminists, that would be me. And when they talk about Christian voters, that’s  me, too.    So I’m driving along yesterday with my friend and …Read More

By about ten this morning, outside the food pantry I run at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, the line of people waiting to get free groceries reached around the block. There were hundreds in the crowd: Chinese grandmothers with kids …Read More