Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.


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Source: The Washington Post

By Julie Zauzmer

The terms for God, in the poetic language of the prayers written for centuries, have almost always been male: Father. King. Lord.

And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity.

This week, the church is debating whether to overhaul that prayer book — in large part to make clear that God doesn’t have a gender.

“As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,” said the Rev. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Texas who is on the committee recommending a change to the gendered language in the prayer book.

Gafney says that when she preaches, she sometimes changes the words of the Book of Common Prayer, even though Episcopal priests aren’t formally allowed to do so. Sometime she switches a word like “King” to a gender-neutral term like “Ruler” or “Creator.” Sometimes she uses “She” instead of “He.” Sometimes, she sticks with the masculine tradition. ” ‘Our Father,’ I won’t fiddle with that,” she said, invoking the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to say in the book of Matthew.

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5 replies

  1. Refer to Al Quran
    Allah is Holy and unseen.
    Allah is He
    Allah are We
    Allah is every where and every human being who life.
    Allah is the First and the Last.

    If Allah never touch you, you never feel the power of God, I suggest you to join “ SUBUD” Google Subud! You will experience the power of God in your body.

    Muslim havebeen trying to seek God, but they never find God.

    All love ❤️

  2. God has no gender, although the Abrahamic religions all regard God as being male, the cause of much mysogyny. Other religions talk of Mother Nature, and he Hindus refer to 350,000.000, in other words, they see God in all things.

  3. Quote— Hindus refer to 350,000.000, in other words, they see God in all things—-

    Islam believe that God is in all things too even close to your heart or veins.

    All love ❤️

  4. all this controversy stems from the idea of trinity….added later inn faith

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