Hillary Clinton Faith and ReligionJust like her parents, Secretary Clinton is a practicing Methodist. During her husband’s tenure as President, the Clintons regularly attend the Foundry United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Washington, D.C.
Although Secretary Clinton rarely speaks about her religious beliefs publicly, the few instances that she had revealed that she is a person of strong faith. During a campaign trip to South Carolina in May 2015, Secretary Clinton noticed a man, who turned out to be Rev. Frederick Donnie Hunt, a minister at the First Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, reading the Bible in a bakery.
She asked Rev. Hunt what he was reading, and the latter replied "Corinthians 13.” Secretary Clinton responded, "Oh I know it well. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” She joined Rev. Hunt at the table and then said, "You're doing what is the most important thing to do - it's continuing to study and learn what the scripture says and what it means,” before adding “I have a preacher friend who sends me scripture and devotionals, sometimes mini-sermons every day."
Hunt agreed, and said we "always learn something when you read it again and inspect it." To which she responded, "Well, it's alive - it's the Living Word."
In 2013, Secretary Clinton was invited to deliver a sermon at the FUMC on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.
“I am a Methodist both by birth and by choice. I was born into a Methodist family - parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, claiming to go all the way back to the coalfields hearing the Wesleys preach. Now, as with so much inherited family lore, I am sure the press will dive on that and try to figure it out. All I can tell you is what my grandparents told me.”
“Now, I attribute not only my church relationship to my father's family, because that's where it came down to me, but to my mother. She taught Sunday school. She said later she did it to make sure my brothers would show up. She was very focused on the lessons of John Wesley.
She used to like to quote, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
I thought that was good advice then. It's not always easy to implement, but it's a great reminder that I carry around with me to try to get me back focused when life and its vicissitudes sometimes knock you off the path.
I've come to see how important it is that we always be asking ourselves how we do translate our faith into actions. We heard from Meaghan one of my favorite verses in Romans 12. "We all have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us."
Video of her speech (part)