Amy Julia Becker’s assumptions about many things changed when she had a child born with Down syndrome. Suddenly she saw the world through a new lens and better understood how her own experiences were shaped by privilege. Amy Julia began to study theology and disability in order to broaden her understanding of the world, what it means to reflect God’s image and how people’s different gifts are valuable.
Entering the world of disability led Amy Julia to examine how she was parenting and the assumptions she was making about people outside of her immediate circles. She realized her own “normal” didn’t reflect the richness of God’s world and she set out to make some changes. As a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, married to the headmaster of a boarding school, Amy Julia is uniquely positioned to examine what it means to live a life of privilege,
A conversation based on Amy Julia’s journey, this episode opens up questions for all of us. How are we listening to different voices with different experiences? How much do we know about our country or local community’s history? How do we develop relationships with people different than us? A podcast that gets us all thinking about how to use our head, hands, and heart for God’s purposes.
Listen to the episode on iTunes here.
Amy Julia’s new book White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided By Privilege
Alex’s new book Loving My Actual Neighbor
Quotes from the interview:
What does it mean to receive you for who you are, rather than for who I think you should be?
Not every Christian community needs to be a diverse community, but every Christian community needs to be a reconciling community
Part of loving is receiving and demonstrating my own vulnerability and need
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