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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.


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)