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I understand that the National Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the Mystery we call God. I'm inclined to go with them in this.

Thomas Berry (1914-2009) once wrote: " It's a question of story". The 'old' story we grew up on is no longer functioning properly. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with a life purpose, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge and guided education. But it is no longer life-giving, and we have not yet learned a 'new' way of expressing the old spiritual realities.

Traditional religious terms such as 'Christmas', 'Creation', and even 'Love', that most central of Christian concepts,  have been hi-jacked. We must now find new ways of expressing our relationship with the Mystery we call God.

Antje Jackelén, a lady bishop in Sweden

As is often the case, many in the Church are living new realities before they are finally recognized by the hierarchy.


thank you for this!
i am impressed with your thinking
it is not easy to leave the story that has been part of your life

it's been 30 years for me
i needed to tell the story in my own way
find images that had meaning for me
the "masculine god" had left me out
my mother remained a faithful catholic
but her faith was exclusively Mary
she never prayed to jesus or the father

the terms "christmas" - "creation" - "love"
still have meaning
but that meaning now has different words and images to express it
what words and images traditional religious thinking can now use i know not
Bravo for taking the Almighty out of the sexuality box and allowing the Mystery to be as expansive as it actually is - encompassing all life and variations thereof.

- Erulisse (one L)
I agree too.
Strongly agree!

Male and female, God created us in God's image, says Genesis 1.

Then they stuck in that stupid "rib story."