Episcopal Diocese Votes to Avoid Using ‘Gendered Pronouns’ for God in Book of Common Prayer

Episcopal Diocese Votes to Avoid Using ‘Gendered Pronouns’ for God in Book of Common Prayer

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. voted on Saturday to stop using “gendered pronouns” for God in future revisions of its Book of Common Prayer and to “remove all obstacles” for “transgender” participation in church life by making all gender-specific facilities and activities accessible to those who identify as the opposite sex. “Resolved … that the 79th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music,

if revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution read. It was passed by a show of hands during the 123rd Convention of the Washington Diocese with only a few opposed, according to Strategic Communications Director Richard Wosson Weinberg. READ MORE

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