A women’s Christian group is holding discussions with the end goal of having God referred to as a ‘She’, in a bid to combat sexism.
The group from the Church of England known as Women and the Church (Watch), argue that the use of exclusively male language and imagery to describe God in the Lord’s Prayer, hymns, the language of church services, and other areas makes men appear ‘more god-like than women’ and reinforces sexism in society.
Rev Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, and a member of Watch told the UK Sunday Times:
When we use only male language for God we reinforce the idea that God is like a man and, in doing so, suggest that men are therefore more like God than women.
She added that this means that women can see themselves as less holy and less able to represent Christ in the world.
Another reverend, Kate Bottley of Nottinghamshire, told the paper that she and other priests of the Church of England had quietly dropped references to ‘He’ and ‘Him’ when referring to God.
Although Watch say they are at a preliminary stage in terms of shifting the language of worship in a way that broadens our understanding of God, can you imagine how we would be praying?
For instance, Mama yetu uliye mbinguni/Our Mother who art in heaven, or In the name of the Mother, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… or even, Our Goddess, Our Lady, Our Queen, we worship you…
Watch helped to win the argument within the Church of England for female bishops. Chairman of the group, Hilary Cotton, noted that a female God was ‘not a campaigning issue in the same way that getting women bishops was, but more about experiment: to encourage people to expand their imagery of God.’
Politician and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, who left the Anglican Church for the Catholic church following the decision by the Anglican Church to ordain women priests, called the proposal ‘plain silly’ and ‘the work of a few lunatics’.
Commenting on the topic, Fr. Peter Githinji of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference told Tuko:
But God is a He. He is the creator. There are things we cannot argue about and this is one of them. We should learn to accept things such as this one that we can’t change.
Culled from tuko.ke