Hillary Clinton is a lifelong Methodist, but you wouldn’t know that by listening to most of her speeches. She rarely speaks — at least at any length — about her faith.
But the presidential candidate broke with that tradition on Wednesday when she reflected on her religious study and background, during an impromptu conversation with Rev. Frederick Donnie Hunt at Main Street Bakery.
Hunt came to the yellow-walled bakery to enjoy a sweet treat while he studied the Bible, unaware — he said after — that a presidential candidate was about to visit. His quiet reflection was abruptly turned upside down when around 20 press and campaign staff rolled into the bakery with Clinton.
“We are heading out of town and we were told to stop by and get some good stuff to take with us,” Clinton said as she walked through the door, flanked by dozens of cupcakes and cakes.
After chatting with the bakery’s staff and picking out some cupcakes for the road, the presidential candidate sidled up to Hunt and asked him what he was studying.
“Corinthians 13,” Hunt said calmly, almost nonplussed by the candidate.
“Oh I know it well,” Clinton said.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud,” the passage says.
Clinton told Hunt about her religious history and commended him for his continued study.
“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,” she said. “I have a preacher friend who sends me scripture and devotionals, sometimes mini-sermons every day.”
Hunt told Clinton that you “always learn something when you read it again and inspect it.”
“Well, it’s alive,” Clinton said. “It’s the living word.”
Hunt, who is an assistant minister at Columbia’s First Calvary Baptist Church, said his conversation with Clinton was eyeopening.
“I was impressed and glad that she knew the scripture that I was reading and studying at the time,” he said, reached by phone after the event. “It impressed me that someone running for president has that background. It is important to me that we have a president that has some belief.”
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