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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Winter 2019

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

Blog + Magazine Articles

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Cover of Winter 2019 Mutuality - An Illustration of Mary with her arms out.

Winter 2019

Volume: 26 | Number: 4

Rediscovering Mary

In this issue, we seek to rediscover Mary through theology, personal reflection, and real-world experiences of those who can give us fresh insight. These articles explore Mary and her world from diverse perspectives so that we can encounter her in a multidimensional way.


A Chance to Learn from Mary
By: Ellen Richard Vosburg | December 13, 2019
We invite you to journey with our writers as they rediscover Mary through theology, personal reflection, and real-world experiences with those who can give us insight into Mary.

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Behaving Like Mary: Reexamining Mary’s Encounter with Gabriel
By: Julie R. Frady | December 13, 2019
I recently saw a meme of the Virgin Mary with the words “well-behaved women make history” on it. The meme was a pushback on the pithy saying, “well-behaved women rarely make history.” 

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The Marys of the Bible and the #MeToo Movement
By: Boaz Johnson | December 13, 2019
So, what does the Bible have to say in response to the issues raised by the #MeToo movement? It seems to me that the central response to this question is the name of Jesus the Messiah’s mother—Mary.

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A Psalm for Mary
By: Kay Bonikowsky | December 13, 2019
Favored is she who relies on God.         She trusts without full understanding.         She expects His will to triumph. Confident is she who knows the Lord.

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My Soul Rejoices: Empowerment, Prophecy, and Luke’s Gospel
By: Sarah Hardman | December 13, 2019
The story of Jesus’ birth might be the most misquoted and misunderstood story in the gospels. Luke’s gospel account of both the annunciation and the nativity are strikingly unique.

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The Mother of God and the Female Body
By: Eliza Stiles | December 13, 2019
From its earliest times, the church has struggled to be a space in which women and girls can think positively about their identities as Christians and the reality of their female bodies. 

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Saying Yes to God's Disruptions
By: Karley Hatter | December 13, 2019
Disruptions are inevitable in this life. We face circumstances and events in our day-to-day lives that feel like giant mountains, road blocks, and dead ends. Bad things happen to us, our families, and the people we love.

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Mary for Teen Moms: Chosen by God
By: Joyce del Rosario | December 13, 2019
God called Mary to something much greater than her social location. I find it comforting to note that she was called “highly favored” before she said yes to God. It wasn’t her obedience that made her highly favored. 

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Mary the Brave: Neither Meek nor Superhuman
By: Katie McEachern | December 13, 2019
One Sunday, about a year ago, I was visiting a new church. It was December, and the pastor was preaching about Mary. I was surprised by how well he positioned Mary as an equal to the congregation—neither meek nor superhuman.

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Their Broken Bodies: Mary and Jesus
By: Mimi Haddad | December 13, 2019
In churches where men are welcomed as priests and leaders simply because they share the male body of Jesus and the twelve male disciples, we too easily assume that women’s bodies represent, by contrast, an inferiority. 

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By: Keren Dibbens-Wyatt | December 13, 2019
We have put you on a pedestal, scattered petals at your marble feet. Entombed now in stone, once their warm flesh danced in Cana

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