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Dr. Amy Peeler: Celebrating God’s Affirmation of Women in the Advent Story

Episode #8

Guest: Dr. Amy Peeler

To have new conversations about abortion, we need to step inside people’s stories. Women specifically can sometimes wonder where they can find their place in the story of God's family. We’re celebrating this season of Advent by exploring how the coming of Jesus to reconcile God and humanity begins with a pregnancy story. Join Angela and her guest, Dr. Amy Peeler, the Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, a priest in the Episcopal Church (USA), and the author of Women and the Gender of God (Eerdmans, 2022). They unpack the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, through the lens of her pregnancy experience. And they walk through the deeper truths this story illustrates about God's compassion and equal value for both the woman and the child. How can He hold His plan for the Son to become human and Mary’s agency in that plan without contradiction? As we celebrate Christmas, we sit with this reality of God's intention for Mary’s place in the salvation story.


  • Women and the Gender of God by Dr. Amy Peeler - https://www.eerdmans.com/9780802879097/
  • Amy references the painting: Mary consoles Eve by Grace Remington
  • Referenced Prayer:
    (Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, Prayer B, p. 368) We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love
    which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling
    of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the
    prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your
    Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from
    the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
    In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy
    to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error
    into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.