Maria Gwyn McDowell Theology | Ethics | Practice http://mariagwyn.com The Good King? The violence we carry within us, the violence with which we respond to those around us, the violence on which our nation and world is built, all is judged in this story. Our hope lies not in a God who just does violence more fairly or justly or reasonably than we do it. Our hope rests in a God who calls us to refuse to participate in the injustice and cruelty, who stands with us as we suffer violence, who calls us to be a people of peace precisely because we follow a God of peace. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/10/15/the-good-king/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/10/15/the-good-king/ Shouting at Jesus: The Canaanite Woman We will, at various times in our lives, stand either in the place of the woman or Jesus and his disciples. Sometimes, we will insist on being heard, we will refuse to be content with crumbs, we will persistently point out that the world is not what those with privilege and power say it is. We will speak out of abundance, and it will be hard. We may do it in our jobs, our families, among our friends. At other times, we will be on the receiving end of someone else's persistent cry for justice and mercy, and like the disciples, we will not really want to listen. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/08/20/shouting-at-jesus/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/08/20/shouting-at-jesus/ By Our Scars We Heal In the Risen Christ we see that even death does not have the last word. And so, instead of cowering in fear, we can, like Jesus, speak peace to one another and to our world. Each one of us will do so in different ways and different places, but our best moment of speaking peace will most likely arise from those places where we have been scarred the most, where we have suffered or caused to suffer. We are our bodies, we are our relationships, and every body and every relationship is where and how we love one another, how we join with Jesus Christ, who trampled down death by death so that we could become to one another what God is to us: the embodiment of justice, mercy, peace, hope and joy. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/04/23/by-our-scars-we-heal/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/04/23/by-our-scars-we-heal/ Maundy Thursday, 2017 In this meal, and in this time of washing feet together, where we wash one another's feet, we are doing what we are called to do all the time, every day, whether it's here among those who are our friends who mostly love us. Whether it is to strangers we do not know at all. Tonight is the night when we do the thing, not simply remember, but do that thing that makes us who it is that we are called to be as a community, as lovers of God, as lovers of our creation, as lovers of our neighbor. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/04/13/maundy-thursday/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/04/13/maundy-thursday/ Basics of Faith: The Image of God Tradition holds, that every human being is in the image of God, but it does not define exactly in what this image consists. --Epiphanius of Salamas Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/catechesis/2017/02/19/BasicsFaith-ImageGod/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/catechesis/2017/02/19/BasicsFaith-ImageGod/ Arcing Our Lives We are arrows in the quiver of God, shot forth to arc towards justice, mercy, peace, and love. The arc of the universe does not bend itself towards justice. We bend it. We are the universe into which God in Christ enters, and it is our lives, our choice to persistently love one another, to make the beloved community present every day and in every place, that bends the arc of the universe towards justice. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/02/12/arcing-our-lives/ http://mariagwyn.com/ekklesia/sermon/2017/02/12/arcing-our-lives/ Fragile Repentances <p><a href="/assets/documents/McDowell_2016_Fragile-Repentances_Wonderfully-Made.pdf"> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o"></i> Full Text </a> <br /> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Am-Wonderfully-Made-Orthodoxy-Inclusion/dp/908883024X"> <i class="fa fa-amazon"></i> Purchase the book at Amazon </a> <br /> <a href="https://womenintheology.org/2013/11/19/fragile-repentances/"> <i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> Originally published on Women in Theology. </a> <br /></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/12/01/Fragile-Repentances/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/12/01/Fragile-Repentances/ Life-Bearing Love: A Too Risky Vision <p><a href="https://publicorthodoxy.org/2016/05/03/life-bearing-love-a-too-risky-vision/"> <i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> Full Text on Public Orthodoxy </a> <br /> <a href="https://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/eSSS/ProductInfo/ER003.aspx"> <i class="fa fa-book"></i> Purchase the book from The Orthodox Marketplace </a></p> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Life-Bearing-Love/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Life-Bearing-Love/ Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Marriage and Its Impediments <p><a href="https://publicorthodoxy.org/2016/05/06/response-to-the-pre-conciliar-document-on-marriage-and-its-impediments/"> <i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> Full Text on Public Orthodoxy </a> <br /> <a href="https://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/eSSS/ProductInfo/ER003.aspx"> <i class="fa fa-book"></i> Purchase the book from The Orthodox Marketplace </a></p> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Response-Marriage-Impediments/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Response-Marriage-Impediments/ Marriage, Family, and Scripture <p><a href="https://publicorthodoxy.org/2016/05/06/marriage-family-and-scripture/"> <i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> Full Text on Public Orthodoxy </a> <br /> <a href="https://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/eSSS/ProductInfo/ER003.aspx"> <i class="fa fa-book"></i> Purchase the book from The Orthodox Marketplace </a></p> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Marriage-Family-Scripture/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Marriage-Family-Scripture/