by Warner Todd Huston 27 Apr 2014, 3:45 AM PDT
Speaking before a convention of Methodist women, Hillary Clinton explained that her definition of Christianity essentially means caring for others.
Clinton appeared before the United Methodist Women's Assembly on Saturday, April 26, and told those gathered what her religious faith means to her.
She claimed that growing up she struggled to reconcile her Navy veteran father's stern view of self-reliance with her mother's more compassionate views. She felt that the story of how Jesus fed 5,000 worshippers with only five loaves of bread and two fish was her guiding Biblical theme.
"The disciples come to Jesus and suggest they send away the people to find food to fend for themselves. But Jesus said, 'No. You feed them.' He was teaching a lesson about the responsibility we all share," Clinton told the crowd.
The "author" of the 1996 book "It Takes a Village," former Obama Secretary of State, and possible Democrat candidate for President in 2016 also used the forum to push for a hike in the minimum wage. She raised the theme of "equal pay" for women, as well.
Warming to her theme of the "inequality" of women in our society, Clinton lamented that women don't just face a "ceiling" in their careers but it is "as if the floor is collapsing beneath them" because of the unfairness they face. "These are our sisters, our daughters, granddaughters. Some are hungry, not just for nutritious food but for opportunity, for chance to thrive, for their own piece of the American dream," Clinton said at the religious gathering.
The one-time First Lady also told the crowd that she "loved" the church she attended as a young girl.
"I love that church. I love how it made me feel about myself," Clinton told the crowd. "I love the doors that it opened in my understanding of the world, I loved the way it helped to deepen my faith and ground it."