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The Power & Vulnerability of Love

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
April 26 2018

What can theology learn from the experiences of mothering and giving birth? 

That’s one of the questions posed by The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology by Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo, the subject of our next Theology Brunch on Thursday, April 26 at noon at Early Bird Brunch.

“Drawing on women’s experiences of maternity and natality, she argues that vulnerability is a dimension of human existence that causes us great anxiety, which in turn sets in motion tragic attempts by individuals and interest groups to eliminate their own vulnerability at the cost of vulnerable others. Yet, vulnerability not only forms the basis for violence but also affords the possibility of human openness to the redemptive work of divine love.”

“We need assets for resilience. We need resources to soothe our pains, recover from harm, and cope more peacefully with our vulnerability. We need comfort, compassion and solidarity. We need empowerment to live life abundantly, even in the face of our own vulnerability. We need the courage to feel the warmth of divine love, overcome our anxiety, resist the injustice and violence of privilege and reach out in compassion and solidarity to vulnerable others (including our enemies).”

Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo is the Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  Her specialties include “the place of motherhood in theology and spirituality; the theological and political significance of remembering suffering; and the ecclesiology of Christian base communities in Latin America.”

Here is an excerpt from the book: The Natal Body of Christ