Lauren F. Winner

Lauren F. Winner is vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg, North Carolina, assistant professor at Duke Divinity School, and author, most recently, of Wearing God.

I don’t have the nerve to stand up on Christmas Eve and preach about the choreography of childbirth, but I wish I did. I wish I had the nerve to preach about Mary’s increased estrogen production, a few days before birth (estrogen that will soften her cervix, and help her blood coagulate after delivery). I wish I had the nerve to preach about Mary’s and Jesus’ pituitary glands producing oxytocin, which in turn allows Mary’s contractions to accelerate.
December 20, 2015