ABOUT

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Dawn Hutchings B.A.(Hon.); M.Div.

I have the honour of serving as the Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church; a small progressive Christian community just north of Toronto in the town of Newmarket. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a place for seekers of a Christianity that is unconstrained by church dogma, liberated by reason and imagination, and nourished by our passion for peace, justice, and diversity.

Jacob who was wounded one dark night when he encountered the Divine has always been my favourite biblical character. Perhaps it is because Jacob was willing to wrestle with the Divine to extract a blessing that causes me to identify so closely with him. Or maybe it is a vision of Jacob’s ladder that tempts me to long for visions of my own of the Mystery that lies at the heart of creation; the Mystery that we call God.

The letters after my name indicate that I have earned the title Master of Divinity. I sometimes think that the title should have come with a cape like the comic super-heros wear. But then I fear that I would only become entangled in such a cape as I wrestle with the Divine. Some days my wrestling results in a blessing. Other days my wrestling is an exercise in frustration as I try to articulate an inkling of the Divine.

Being a pastor in the 21st century brings with it a whole host of challenges. Not the least of which is wrestling with how to reconcile the explosion of information that has burst forth from the academies in the past few decades with the tradition that we have inherited from those who have gone before us in faith.

This blog is my way of gathering together stories, sermons, liturgical resources and musings as I wrestle with my role as a Lutheran pastor serving a small, progressive, suburban parish in the 21st century. Here, I will publicly wrestle with the Divine, confident that I am no master of divinity but rather a seeker of Divinity.

17 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Hi Dawn,

    I have so appreciated discovering your website a few days ago. I have just started training as a Presbyterian Minister here in New Zealand. Currently it is a fairly conservative church but thankfully there are some progressives among us! I have just began my 2 year placement at a church of elderly people in a small rural town. I am to preach for the first time this Easter Sunday on the aspect of Chrisitanity that I find most challenging. I had already entitled my sermon Practising Resurrection and was delighted to find your reflections which have certainly assisted my sermon preparation.

    I just wanted to write and say thank you and that I will be checking into your website regularly.

    Warmest Blessings

    Jill

  2. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after going through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly pleased I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  3. Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no backup.

    Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  4. seasons greetings,
    likely no coincidence that the last time I was here was last year at easter, alas holy week is stirring me too..thanks for the gifts of sharing your blessings ,reflections and reactions..gonna keep in closer contact TB2G

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  6. Thank you, Pastor Dawn, for all your words of wisdom. Reading your blog on a regular basis has truly lifted my spirits on many occasions. Wishing you much continuing joy in your ministry.

    • Hi Annie: I’m out of town at the moment so I don’t have access to all my files and can’t find the source. But here is the psalm as it was used:
      Give thanks to El Shaddai, for She is goodness itself!
      Her love has no end!
      Let all God’s people say, “Her love has no end!”
      Let all who serve God say, “Her love has no end!
      Let all who are devoted to God say, “Her love has no end!”
      The gates of God’s generous goodness are open,
      and I will enter them with thanksgiving!
      And the just and faithful will enter by my side.
      I will thank El Shaddai for answering me, for making me whole.
      She takes a stone that has been rejected and makes it the corner stone of Her purpose!
      Her transforming action is marvelous in our eyes!
      Today is the day El Shaddai has made!
      Be glad in it, an dance for joy,
      for God has saved and prospered us!
      Blessed are you who come in the name of El Shaddai!
      We bless you in the presence of God, who has given us light.
      We bear branches of celebration in festal procession.
      We make our way to the altar of adoration.
      We offer God our heartfelt thanks!
      We extol Her glorious name!
      We praise Her goodness, singing, “Her love has no end!

  7. It is leaders like you that provide hope for many us stuck in the literalist Christian wasteland.
    Thanks. Peace be with you.

  8. I just want to thank you for your blog. I’m a new pastor in the UMC, in a small fairly small town in Colorado. Those who attend church around here are mostly conservative, and I feel as though our little church is THE progressive voice in the valley. I frequently start my search for sermon inspirations right here. You are indeed a blessing. Thank you again, and if you’re ever in Western Colorado look me up! You have a standing invite.

  9. Thank you for your beautiful faith and work, Pastor Hutchings. We will be using some of your Ash Wednesday service here at our United Church of Christ church here in New Mexico. (We will be attributing your work to you, of course!). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  10. In sermon prep, after wading through each weeks commentaries, I often turn to your posts for inspiration. I just searched your posting for Luke 14:1, 7-14 from 2013 and had to “humbly” read about Americans, LOL, especially in light of our current political elections. I have referred to your sermons many times at our ELCA Lutheran text study. I have also quoted you from the pulpit! You rock! Thank you and God’s blessings on your valuable work.

  11. Hello Dawn

    Andrew passed on this link to me which I will try and review before Christmas. Please pass on my regards. He is a gentle Christian and a devoted disciple.

    Charles Ormrod

  12. I am a long time member of a UCC church in San Diego. I came upon your sermon on John 3:1-17 in a search for a progressive understanding of this scripture passage. I look forward to listening to it. Having read about you on your “About” page, I plan to revisit your website to see what else you have to share. I expect it will be enriching. Thank you.

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