Maria Gwyn McDowell Theology | Ethics | Practice http://mariagwyn.com 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/ Defending Human Dignity: A Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document ‘The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World,’ <p><a href="https://publicorthodoxy.org/2016/06/15/defending-human-dignity/"> <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/Defending-Human-Dignity/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/09/Defending-Human-Dignity/ The Home that Joy Built <p><a href="/assets/documents/McDowell_2016_Essay_HomeJoyBuilt_CLB4.pdf"> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o"></i> Full Text </a> <br /> <a href="http://wipfandstock.com/the-church-has-left-the-building.html"> <i class="fa fa-book"></i> Purchase the book at Wipf &amp; Stock </a> <br /> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Church-Has-Left-Building-Twenty-First/dp/1498239560"> <i class="fa fa-amazon"></i> Purchase the book at Amazon </a></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/07/Church-Joy-Built/ http://mariagwyn.com/academia/2016/10/07/Church-Joy-Built/