Letter to the Editor: Nimbi Cushing

Faith

Micah 6:8. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Pat Hackett, Democratic candidate for Congress, is a woman of strong and abiding faith. She doesn’t wear it as a badge of honor but lives it in the way she cares for people.

I went with her to the home of a sick friend recently, and watched as she spoke words of encouragement, not as a candidate, but as a friend. She has rearranged her campaign schedule to provide transportation, bring a meal or simply be present to someone in mourning.

She serves on community boards, including the YWCA and Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. “Dignity and Justice for All” isn’t a slogan. For Pat, it’s a concept born of the obligation to speak for those whose voices have been systemically silenced. A government that promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all citizens has turned its back on those with the gravest needs.

Pat Hackett’s study of theology and her relationship with God demands that she live by a code not defined by man.

What’s faith got to do with it? Everything.

Nimbilasha Cushing

South Bend


SOUND OFF: Pat featured on Hometown News Now podcast

On Friday, Sept. 11, I had the great privledge of speaking with Nate Loucks of Hometown News Now.

We spent a few minutes reflecting on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Like many of you, I remember exactly where I was when I learned of the devastating news. I was teaching a theology class at St. Mary’s College and we were discussing, of all things, the concept of evil.

The attacks of that day informed the conversation of the rest of that class, as many of my students asked: Where was God in that moment?

At the time, I told them to look for God in the first responders who risked their lives to save others.

That question is still relevant today as our nation faces a pandemic, and the answer is still the same. Look for God in the people on the front line of our battle against COVID-19, and look for God in those who continue to advocate for dignity and justice for all.

In the radio segment, I also had the pleasure of answering questions from callers. Unlike my opponent, I promise to continue to make myself available to answer questions or listen to the concerns of the people of this district.

Listen to the full segment to hear about my responses to questions on 2nd Amendment rights, healthcare, bipartisanship, and accountability to constituents.