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The Tattoo Lady and the Pastor

The first time I heard about Mary was through her daughter. Out of the blue, the daughter called to interview me. She searched for, “A liberal pastor that would not be bothered by my mother’s tattoos.”Okay.“And,” the daughter said, “I am a lesbian and not a Christian.” But her mother was Christian, even though she hadn’t been part of any church for a long time.“Mom doesn’t need someone telling her that she or I are headed for hell. You won’t say that will you? She’s dying from cancer and doesn’t need fire and brimstone stuff from anybody. But she’d like to see a pastor and I told her I’d find one. So, are you liberal?”If I’m forced to check one box, and the only two choices are “liberal” and “conservative,” I’d probably scratch an “X” by the “L” word. Does the daughter being 1) Lesbian, 2) non-Christian, and 3) a person who gives pastors quizzes over the phone bother me?Not one bit.Does the mother having 1) tattoos, 2) a daughter who gives quizzes, and 3) no affiliation with a church bother me?Not one bit.I passed all the tests; nothing like being a winner.These moments happen. The phone call or visit c …

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