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.