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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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.

#decolonizeCoffeeHour

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.