Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mary Christmas

Here is a billboard for progressive Angelican church St. Matthew in the City in Auckland, New Zealand:

St. Matthew in the City has had some controversial billboards in the past, including the "Poor Joseph.  God was a Hard Act to Follow" billboard:

The "Mary Christmas" billboard is an interesting take on the story of Immaculate Conception.  Although it may not be the portrayal we are familar with, it does present a point-of-view that is more alligned with most people's every day existences.  Vicar Glynn Cardy defends the billboard saying it "is about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child.  Mary was young, unmarried and poor.  She was certainly not the first woman in this situation, or the last."    

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