Categories
Sermons

An Abolition Sermon for Jailers

This sermon was first preached for Easter 7 at a hybrid online and in-person service of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on May 29, 2022. Relevant lectionary texts can be found here. “These men are slaves!” the enslaved girl cried out. Day after day she raised her voice, “These men are slaves of […]

Categories
Sermons

The Practical Tasks of Love

This sermon was first preached at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square for Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Tonight Jesus commands us, “Love one another.” But what does that even mean?  At St. Luke’s, you […]

Categories
Sermons

The Parable of the Woman Baking Bread

This sermon was first preached at Holy Family Lutheran Church in Cabrini Green on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Holy Family is using The Woman’s Lectionary by Dr. Wil Gafney. You can see the relevant Gospel reading here, but I encourage you to order Dr. Gafney’s version. Good morning!  I am Pastor Elle Dowd, the spouse […]

Categories
Sermons

Ministry on the Margins – Reflections of the Patient Parent

This sermon was first preached at a hybrid service of Grace Episcopal Church on March 27, 2022 as part of a special Campus Ministry Sunday. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Good morning! My name is Pastor Elle Dowd, I use pronouns like “she” or “they.”  I am the campus pastor of South Loop […]

Categories
Sermons

Fierce Like Mama

This sermon was originally preached for a hybrid service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on March 13, 2022. The Lenten theme for St. Luke’s is “Coming Home” and this Sunday’s theme was “Coming Home to a Mothering God.” Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Grace and peace are yours from God […]

Categories
Blog posts

Memorizing Scripture: A Progressive Case

Originally featured on the Salt Collective in 2018 Progressives have got to start memorizing scripture again. For so many of us, memorizing scripture brings up associations with church-related trauma. Especially for those of us who are LGBTQIA+, we know too well the ways that proof texted pieces of the Word were weaponized against us, hurled […]

Categories
Sermons

Mama’s Song

This sermon was first preached at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. This Sunday we remember the Magnificat. Mary’s song. So often we hear Mary portrayed as meek and obedient. But the lyrics to this song are anything but. When we hear the words […]

Categories
Sermons

Joy in Gratitude

This sermon was first preached for a hybrid online and in person service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on November 28, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. It is the fourth Sunday in our extended season of Advent. We are thinking together about what it means to cultivate authentic joy. […]

Categories
Sermons

A Sermon on Esther for Reformation Sunday

This sermon was originally preached at American Lutheran Church Burbank on October 31, 2021 as part of their “Children’s Bible Stories, Revisited” series. You can read the book of Esther here. The Jewish people were far from home after being conquered by their enemies, the Babylonians, and carried off into exile. And even though the […]

Categories
Sermons

The Rich Young Man and “More of a comment than a question, really.”

This sermon was first preached on October 10, 2021 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church before a book event of #BaptizedinTearGas. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. I have been to a lot of racial justice events in my role in the church. Typically after a panel or presentation or training, there is time […]