After Hillary Clinton suffered a devastating loss in the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump, her longtime pastor — who compared her loss to the death of Christ — says she now has her eyes set on a higher calling. She wants to be a preacher and he thinks she’ll be great at it.
On Aug. 15, the Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady, who currently serves as executive director of the United Methodist City Society in New York is set to release a book of the regular inspirational scriptures he sent Clinton during her failed campaign. The book is titled Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
He revealed in a recent interview with CNN how Clinton leaned on her faith to overcome her defeat by Trump and how the loss has sparked a desire in her to work for the Lord from the pulpit.
“We were having a photo shoot for the book and chatting about preaching and she said, ‘Bill, I think I’d like to preach.’ In United Methodism, there’s a tradition of having laypeople preach from the pulpit, and I think she’s going to look at occasionally doing that and sharing the good news without it being a politically charged environment,” Shillady said.
And he supports her ambition.
“She is very comfortable in the pulpit. It’s something that comes naturally to her, and she knows the Bible. That’s why I think she’d make a great preacher,” he said.
On Shillady’s bio page on the United Methodist City Society’s website, he touts his close relationship with Clinton, noting that he co-officiated the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mesvinsky wedding with Rabbi James Ponet in July 2010 and that he also led the memorial service for Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.
The Christian Post requested an interview with Shillady earlier this week to further discuss Clinton’s ambitions for the pulpit but he was unavailable to comment for this report.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Leonardo Blair