Episcopal Gender-Neutral Resolution Gains National Attention

Part of the push back may be in the context of debate about gender and language in the current national political conversation.

The amended resolution softened the directions, “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.”

 

An Episcopal Church resolution calling upon the denomination’s General Convention to “avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God” is gaining increased attention and prompting some church officials to defend the move.

First covered on this blog January 29, the resolution was adopted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s annual convention on January 27. Episcopalians are expected to begin revisions to the Book of Common Prayer at the denomination’s triennial General Convention this July in Austin, Texas. The resolution is directed at the national church’s governing body should such a process begin.

The resolution, titled “On the Gendered Language for God” has since garnered critical coverage in several conservative or Christian outlets including The Daily CallerThe BlazeBreitbartChristian PostLife SiteWashington TimesAmerican Family Radio and at least 15 other publications.

Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel featured an interview with Fr. Alex Dyer, a sponsor of the resolution, on the February 5 broadcast. Even the Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee chimed in with the headline “37 Episcopalians Remaining On Planet Vote To Stop Using Male Pronouns For God”.

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