According to Pastor Bill Shillady, Hillary Clinton wants to make a move toward becoming an ordained Methodist minister.
A report by The Atlantic made claims on Sunday that Clinton told Shillady during a recent photo shoot for his latest book on the devotionals he sent her during the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton, in the past, made no bones about her religious leanings.
In a 1994 interview with Newsweek, she discussed with writer Kenneth Woodward that her religion is of utmost importance to her.
From Newsweek’s interview:
“… Long before [Clinton] was a Democrat, a lawyer, or a Clinton, Hillary Rodham was a Methodist. And that, say those who know her now as well as those who knew her when, is the way the First Lady is best understood. She thinks like a Methodist, talks like a Methodist and wants to reform society just like a well-Sunday-schooled Methodist churchwoman should. ‘I am,’ she told Newsweek in an exclusive interview at the White House last week, ‘an old-fashioned Methodist.’”
Interestingly enough, Newsweek, at the time, called the Clintons one of the most “openly religious First Couple this century has seen.”
The interview asked of its readers, “Can this Hillary Clinton be real? Though conservatives may doubt her religious convictions, and liberals wish them away, Hillary Rodham Clinton is as pious as she is political.”
Clinton even told Newsweek in the 1994 interview that she thought abortion was wrong.
“Despite what some critics believe, the nation’s First Lady is not markedly feminist in her religion,” journalist Woodward wrote. ” She thinks abortion is ‘wrong,’ but, like [Bill Clinton], she says, ‘I don’t think it should be criminalized.’ She does not follow feminist theology and seems unaware of the upheaval its most radical exponents have created among Methodists in the name of greater inclusiveness.”
During the interview, Clinton even attacked the media and said, “The secular press doesn’t know how to talk about religion except in stereotypes. I think they’ve done a great disservice to many people who are in what is loosely called the religious right.”
She also told Woodward in the ’94 interview that she thought “all the time” about becoming an ordained minister, and with Shillady’s book of devotionals based on the former first lady and former presidential nominee — titled “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton” — describes how her faith impacted her presidential run in 2016.
About the book, Shillady said, “It’s an inspirational book. I do not believe that she encouraged me to write this book in any way to change the image of her. She really found [the devotionals] so helpful to her in the midst of the contentious campaign that she felt that people would find some hope … from it.”
“Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a great pastor,” Shillady told The Atlantic. “No, she probably won’t go to seminary … no, she probably won’t pursue an official lay position in the Methodist church, like deaconess.”
He added, “I think it would be more of … her guest preaching at some point. We have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.”
Shillady claimed that since the election, he believes Clinton’s “faith is stronger.”