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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2022

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 Mutuality Spring 2022

Spring 2022

Volume: 29 | Number: 1


The authors in this issue invite you to contemplate motherhood as a deeply embodied experience that can bring fresh insights into God’s great care for women as well as Jesus’s teachings on Communion, baptism, and rebirth.


An Ethic of Sacredness and Justice: Recovering the Imago Dei of Mothers
By: Mayzie Mayfield | March 5, 2022
The church needs to do better in caring for the mental and physical health of mothers. A thorough understanding of Genesis 1 and 3 will help build a framework from which to act.

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Honoring the Anguish and Ecstasy of Motherhood
By: Sarabeth Ng | March 5, 2022
This issue of Mutuality invites you to wrap yourself in the quilt of motherhood. Let us learn how to honor the varying embodied experiences of motherhood in all its forms.

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My Body, Broken for You: Motherhood, Jesus, and Julian of Norwich
By: Juliann Bullock | March 5, 2022
What do Communion and breastfeeding have in common? Spiritual insights from one mother who has found great parallels between her journey as a mother and Jesus’s bodily sacrifice.

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I Am More Than a Mother: Dismantling the Madness of the Motherhood Myth
By: Brenda-Lee Sasaki | March 5, 2022
One woman shares her church experience during her struggle with infertility. Her experience indicates a larger problem in the church: Christians still teach that motherhood is the ultimate fulfillment of biblical womanhood.

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Mothering the Church
By: Kelly Pelton | March 5, 2022
A poem meditating on how all women can influence—mother—the church toward gender equality.

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A Mother’s Sermon
By: Lauren Blanco | March 5, 2022
There is a void in our pulpits and theology because we do not hear from pastors who are mothers. One pastor shares two sermon themes that have been burning in her bones since she became a mother.

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Liberation in God’s Name: Daydreams of a Black Mother
By: Kristina Brown Button | March 5, 2022
A Black woman’s struggle to develop her identity as a wife, mother, and Christian inside the white evangelical church. Plus, how she has found healing after leaving.

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Motherhood: A Confession
By: Blake Dean | March 4, 2022
Natalie Carnes’s Motherhood: A Confession is an invitation to deconstruction, reclamation, and renewal in Christ.

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Pregnancy and the Pastorate: An Opportunity to Reflect Christ
By: Sarah Ago | March 5, 2022
A pastor shares the difficulties of being pregnant while pastoring a church. She also shares seven tips for how churches can better serve their pregnant staff and especially pregnant pastors.

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God’s Attributes in Mothers
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2022
Studying the mother metaphors of God in Scripture helps us see how mothers can and do reflect God’s attributes.

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