Michelle Jones Reads Amy Young's "The Wide Spectrum of Mothering"

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This Call to worship was originally given on Mother's Day, 5/14/17, at Imago Dei Central City Campus.  

A Note on This Piece: For the past few years on Mother's Day, we've had a member of the congregation read this piece by writer Amy Young during our Call to Worship. Having sat through multiple renditions, I’ve often wondered why this piece reappears year after year. The piece itself is wonderful, but every other event celebrated at Imago seems to get new content and a fresh perspective each time it comes around. Do we really love this piece that much? 

Curiosity led me to Young’s blog, specifically a post she wrote to pastors about Mother’s Day. Young, like me, is not a mom. She writes of a disconcerting experience she had at church on Mother’s Day: “A pastor asked all mothers to stand…I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don’t know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat.” But rather than urge churches to refrain from honoring mothers on this day, she challenges them to step up their game by celebrating mothering in all its forms, seasons and complexities. The Wide Spectrum of Mothering is her contribution to that effort. 

So while we may eventually change the words or content we use to express it, let us strive to, as Young advises, “commend mothering for the ways it reflects the Imago Dei (Image of God) by bringing forth new life, nurturing those on her path, and living with the tension of providing both freedom and a safety net.”

- Ailin Darling