Book Talk: I Heart Francis by the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper | Hartford Seminary

Book Talk: I Heart Francis by the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper

Please join us to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper’s most recent book, I Heart Francis: Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer.

Amazon says, “Everyone is paying attention to Pope Francis, and that includes the most unlikely of admirers: a female Baptist pastor. Veteran minister and social justice advocate Donna Schaper has become a fan of the pope, covering him for Religion Dispatches, traveling to see him speak, and taking up many of his issues. Schaper says that Francis is a pope for all of us, and she has written him a series of letters—love letters, of a sort. She agrees with him on the environment, climate change, love of animals, and concern for the poor. But she has a lovers’ quarrel with him on the issues of women’s ordination and GLBT rights. Schaper’s letters to Pope Francis are intimate and ornery, affirming and challenging. She has high hopes that he can heal the church and the globe, and she prods him to be even more inclusive than he already is. In the end, in spite of their disagreements, Pastor Donna loves Pope Francis, and she calls us all to join him in loving the world.”

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About the Author

The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Faculty Associate in Religious Leadership at Hartford Seminary, is the senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. She is the author of several books on ministry, spirituality, and social justice, writes for Religion Dispatches and the Huffington Post, and is an avid pope watcher.

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