Saturday, October 31, 2009


Lately I've been studying mothers in the Bible. There are examples of women who were unable to conceive, but eventually all of them gave birth. Where are the stories of the women who never had children? Is Anna from the temple one of those women? What about the woman with the issue of blood? So often fertility is used as a spiritual marker in the Old and New Testaments. Surely there were faithful women of God who desperately wanted to give birth, but did not.

I wonder, if their stories were a part of the Bible, would infertility be less stigmatized? If pastors could stand in their pulpits on Sunday morning and share the words of childless couples who parted oceans and led their people to safety, would those unable to give birth feel comforted? Does what we say (or don't say) in sermons have the power to affect the way those who are infertile view their state?

Yes, yes it does. Pulpits can encourage and de-stigmatize. The church can increase maternal health. Positive Body Theology is of utmost importance and Sunday morning sermons are exactly where it needs to be discussed.

photo courtesy of MassDistraction's flickr photostream.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Aunt Esther's Advice

I should be writing about maternal health and the benefits of economic development. I need to be soliciting support for universal girls' education. And there is that post on the summit the Religious Institute led in Atlanta last month. Still trying to get copious amounts of words on dissertation pages. Instead I will post this picture of my $1 estate sale find.

"'Take the plunge,' Aunt Esther advised. 'What the hell.' In the desultory scatter of her senior year - a bemused, irritable period of killing time like what Essie imagined pregnancy to be - she found herself . . . "
In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


This morning I pulled out candles from Idjitmi and thought of you. I thought of you Brandy and your sparkling eyes filled with camp week excitement. I thought of you Hephzibah and my favorite vesper memory ever. I thought of candlelight and morning watch. I thought of Pinnacle Knob and hiking in the rain. I thought of that magical time between staff meeting and lunch where the day was free to be whatever it wanted.

Today my WMU perpetual calendar is telling me to "Think long thoughts," courtesy of Fannie E.S. Heck. Today I thought of you.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Mothers are Powerful Pt. 2

Mothers love fiercely. Aren't we thankful. It's parents weekend on my campus and the mothers are out. I love how they tend to their daughters with protection and pride.

I'm including a picture of T and her mother taken at T's wedding last weekend. Their embrace and expressions say it all. It was a wonderful day.