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Phil Haslanger

Phil Haslanger is pastor at Memorial United Church of Christ in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He spent most of his adult life working as a journalist for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, and he still writes a monthly column there on the intersection of faith and politics.

His life has straddled those worlds of religion and politics for a long time and Sojourners has been a source of both inspiration and challenge to him over the decades. As a journalist, he served as president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers (now the Association of Opinion Journalists) in 2002 and is currently a board member for the Religion News Service.

He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2007 and is active in state and regional denominational activities. In the Madison area, he has been particularly active in interfaith work, interracial work and mobilizing faith communities around issues of domestic violence.

He is married to Ellen Reuter, a spiritual director and artist, and he has four grown children scattered from coast to coast.

Blog Posts by Phil Haslanger

Posted by Phil Haslanger 6 days 17 hours ago
On a Sunday when the dominant color in Christian churches is pink — a symbol of joy for the third Sunday of Advent — I was wearing a black shirt, black pants, and a blue tie. Others in our...
Posted by Phil Haslanger 13 weeks 2 days ago
The empty shoes came in all shapes and sizes — cowboy boots and sneakers, children’s sparkly shoes and women’s dress shoes. They filled step after step going up toward the entrance of the Wisconsin...
Posted by Phil Haslanger 26 weeks 2 days ago
I thought at first that it was a fictional scene, conflating in one example some of the problems those of us in Christianity face when confronted with issues of domestic violence. The scene was set...
Posted by Phil Haslanger 28 weeks 3 days ago
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure.Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few.No, I’ve thinking about Scott Walker’s failed governorship in Wisconsin.And Barack Obama’...
Posted by Phil Haslanger 34 weeks 1 day ago
The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus...

Articles by Phil Haslanger

Anti-labor laws undermine unions in the Midwest. Will faith communities rise to the challenge?

Bridging gaps in the Middle East.