Nathan Empsall is a prolific writer and public speaker. He has been a reporter for the Spokane, WA, Spokesman-Review and a front-page editor for MyDD (the first major liberal blog). His Daily Kos diaries often reach the recommendation list, he has preached in churches from Nebraska to DC, and he has presented at such conferences and gatherings as RootsCamp, the Yale Colloquium on Religion and Ecology, and the Yale Graduate Conference on Religion and Ecology. Here is a small sampling of his sermons and political writing. Academic papers from Yale University, as well as short fiction, may be added at a future date.

Politics and Society

A letter to the Trump official who instructed a Native woman to “be nice” – May 11, 2017

If this is your locker-room banter, then you have a problem – October 8, 2016

Why I Don’t Unfriend My Pro-Trump and “All Lives Matter” Friends and Relatives – September 28, 2016

Everyone is Included When We Sing “This Land is Your Land:” A Reflection on American Folk Music and Refugees – November 20, 2015

The Power of the Online Petition: Rebutting Misguided Objections to “Clicktivism” – August 19, 2014

Getting Things Done: Reflections on Katrina Recovery – Spokane, WA, Spokesman Review – January 6, 2007

Religion and Faith

A Sermon on Interdependence, Interconnection, Diversity, and Daniel’s “Writing on the Wall” – May 3, 2017

A Sermon on Personal Growth, Learning to Hush, and Jeremiah’s Potter’s Wheel – March 29, 2017

An Advent Reflection on Paris, San Bernardino, FitzGibbon, and Bigotry – December 19, 2015

Sermon on Father’s Day: Charleston, My White Privilege, & Racism in America – June 22, 2015


An Interview with the Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori – February 28, 2017: