Peter Gomes, former preacher to Harvard's Memorial Chapel, liked to say that Protestants don't know what to do with Mary because we think she's a Catholic. So we ignore her.
She shows up in our crèches at Christmas. She is on a lot of Christmas cards. But for the rest of the year, she is not mentioned. He envisioned the Dean of St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral in London who, having died and gone to heaven, was welcomed by Jesus.
"Welcome to heaven, Dean," Jesus said. "I know you have met my Father, but I don't believe you know my mother."
Yet, the life of Mary - little as we know of it - offers considerable substance for those of us trying to navigate the unexpected bumps and turns of life while still finding joy. This weekend, we'll explore
a traditional Advent passage but look at it through contemporary eyes. Contrary to most traditional interpretations, Mary may have even had a bit of a feminist streak!