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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. […]

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 […]


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Blog posts

Faith in Public Life

This reflection was first recorded for an online service of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Many of us have been taught that the church “shouldn’t be political.” This stems maybe from a few places, but for me as someone who grew up in a white midwest suburb, I think it mainly […]

A Mother’s Day Reflection

This piece was first recorded for an online gathering of worship with Good Shepherd Lancaster on May 9, 2021. You can watch the video of the reflection alone here. I met my children when they were just over two years old when I spent the summer abroad in Sierra Leone in West Africa on a […]


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New to Elle’s work? Here’s a few posts from her Medium account to get to know her ministry and voice.

Pastor Elle, her husband Adam and her daughter smiles at the camera. Elle and Adam are white and have brown hair. Her daughter is Black and has black hair. All three are smiling.

Biphobia and the Pulse Massacre

Being a bi woman means occupying a lot of weird liminal space. In that way we are very queer….we don’t fit well into boxes. But the horrible thing about “passing privilege” is the closeting, the erasure.

White Niceness is the Enemy of Black Liberation

We cannot serve our own comfort when it sacrifices the lives of our neighbors.


I’ve experienced too much sexual harassment within the Church, too much slut shaming, too much queer bashing. No one is entitled to another persons body. Not even the Church.

Jesus and Black Lace Lingerie

A pastor-in-training stripping down to her skivvies for a photoshoot seems like a glaring contradiction. But it shouldn’t be. Christianity, at its core, is a religion about bodies.