Maria Gwyn McDowell

Theology | Ethics | Liberation | Jesus


This is a selected list of both church and secular work arranged in a timeline.

  • Rector

    St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon

  • Priest-in-Charge

    St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon

  • Project Pioneer for the Vice President of Support

    Acquia, Portland, Oregon Propose and manage the project development of tools and processes across company departments, including resource investment decisions.

  • Ordained

    St. Michael & All Angels, Portland, Oregon

    Ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in The Episcopal Church.

  • Remote Administration Manager

    Acquia, Portland, Oregon

    Managed an internationally-distributed team for a web support company engaged in direct client support. Proposed and managed the development of tools and processes across company departments, including resource investment decisions. HR duties included developing team positions, interviewing potential staff and supervising performance.

  • Deacon

    St. Michael & All Angels, Portland, Oregon

    Liturgical service at English and Spanish services. Assisted in developing a congregation-wide system of pastoral care groups with a pastoral leadership team. Served as member of parish vision team, the ‘Dreamweavers’. Facilitated parish-wide development exercise using material from the College of Congregational Development.

  • Ordained

    Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

    Ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church.

  • Field Education Intern

    St. Michael & All Angels, Portland, Oregon

    Assisted in liturgical service and attended a wide-range of administrative meetings. Collaborated with Associate Rector on a very well-attended “Back to Basics” adult forum.

  • Field Education Intern

    St. Paul Episcopal Church, Oregon City, Oregon

    Worked with youth group, assisted in liturgical service, and taught a Rector Forum series on the Nicene Creed.

  • Spiritual Formation Commission

    Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

    Served on the team responsible for planning and implementing adult spiritual formation for the Cathedral community. Taught evening adult education courses in Christian Ethics, “Liberation Theology, Gender, and the Magnificat,” “Praying our Visions: Story, Gender and Icons of the Theotokos” and the Nicene Creed.

  • Primary at MariaGwyn Web Design

    Acquia, Portland, Oregon

    Developed and maintained standards compliant websites emphasizing non-profit and religious organizations using a variety of web technologies including x/html, php, MySql, jQuery, jekyll, Drupal and desktop software including the Adobe Suite, and Affinity for Mac.

  • Instructional Design Resident

    Honors Program/Instructional Design and eTeaching Services, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    A co-administered Davis Grant–funded position. Worked closely with faculty to implement web-based technology in a seminar-only humanities curriculum. Coordinated the development of a flash-based interactive web-project, “The Shelley Project.”

  • Liturgical Services Coordinator

    St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Initiated a liturgical services program. Coordinated and scheduled lay liturgical service, including Sunday scripture readings, seasonal readings, and communion service.

  • Graduate Web Assistant

    Instructional Design and eTeaching Services, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    Provided advice and consultation on the use of web-based technology in the classroom, including the preparation and conversion of media for web use, assisting faculty in finding and utilizing web resources for educational use, and developing workshops on the use of WebCT, Dreamweaver, WS-FTP, WebDav, and other web-related software and protocols.

  • SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations) Volunteer Leader

    St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Organized and led regional SOYO Teen Advent Retreat, 2005. Co-coordinated and co-taught the SOYO weekend regional Lenten Retreat, Mar 2006. Team leader for regional SOYO project in Providence, RI.

  • Team Lead

    OCF Real Break/Project Mexico

    Team lead for Orthodox Christian Fellowship Spring Break work project to St. Innocent Orphanage near Rosarito, Mexico.

  • Teaching Assistant

    Theology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    Lectured, lead discussions and graded student writing and exams for The Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives (Judaism and Christianity) with Dr. Francine Cardman, 2003-2004 and Ethics, Religion, and International Politics, with Dr. David Hollenbach, 2005.

  • Customer Service Representative

    Golf Scorecards, Inc., Stroebe, Zine and Associates, Portland, Oregon

    Telephone sales representative for company product, pursuing orders with existing, former and new customers; shadow support for computer software and hardware on networked system (Novell); assisted in setting up and streamlining database (Telemagic), upgrading software, and troubleshooting hardware/software problems.

  • Assistant Young Adults Director

    Christian Life Fellowship, Orange, California

    Led young adult meetings; planned and taught discussion oriented scripture studies; mentored individual participants; participated in team planning of group direction and vision; retreat programming.

  • Teaching Assistant

    Homiletics, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

    Graded preaching assignments and presentations under the direction of Dr. Marguerite Schuster. Facilitated evaluatory discussion and theological reflection groups.

  • President

    All Seminary Council, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

    Managed student government representatives and activities; served as student representative and liaison to faculty, upper level administrators and Fuller Theological Seminary Board of Trustees; trained student leaders; implemented a team model of leadership with fellow student leaders; facilitated the resolution of student concerns related to seminary policies; oversaw student government budget and programming.

  • Pastoral Intern

    Pasadena Covenant Church, Pasadena, California

    Developed and implemented an adult education course; assisted with ministerial and administrative tasks; met regularly with the assistant pastor for pastoral supervision

  • ASC Administrator

    All Seminary Council, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

    Managed the campus student government office; served on a variety of seminary committees; attended meetings in the stead of the ASC President; planned and executed student programming and panel discussions (Loving Our Neighbors: Homosexuality and the Christian Community; Multiethnicity on Campus).

  • Team Lead

    Los Angeles Urban Project/Walter Hoving Home for Women, Pasadena, California

    Led a team of college women in working with a women’s post-incarceration residential treatment facility; planned community events and activities; led discussion groups and debriefing meetings.

  • Administrative Secretary

    Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

    Administrative assistant to the campus Rabbi. Managed the student ministry office; provided shadow support for hardware and software; provided desktop publishing services.

  • President

    Claremont North Chapter, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California

    With full-time InterVarsity staff, facilitated the student leadership team; organized and spoke at large-group meetings; led dorm-based small groups; facilitated student outreach; planned events; mentored incoming students; led sessions at annual retreats.

  • Intern

    International Teams Phillipines, Manila, Phillipines

    Lived and worked with a team in a slum of Quezon City. Fully participated in local church life and visited area-wide economic development projects. Interacted extensively with residents, assessed interpersonal climate, and conducted sociological fieldwork. Recipient of the Katie Lawson Memorial Award given to students pursuing sociological and psychological fieldwork.

  • Intern

    Pasadena Urban Project/Sophia Lynn Convalescent Home, Pasadena, California

    Member of a team which participated in the daily life of an inner-city convalescent home; led daily activities for home members; facilitated relationships among residents and students.

  • More to be added

    Because there is alway more….