Are ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ Appropriate Titles for Protestant Clergy?

Article by David L. Holmes

As more and more women enter the ministry, the question emerges in a new way. The issue has become especially problematic in the Episcopal Church, where more than 800 women have been ordained since 1976 into a priesthood whose ranks include many called “Father.” What do you call a woman priest? Two Episcopal priests, Julia …

Balancing Out the Trinity: The Genders of the Godhead

Article by John Dart

It was not a typographical error, said Sanders, a professor at the School of Theology at Claremont and president of its Ancient Bible Manuscript Center for Preservation and Research. Citing the familiar theological-linguistic problem of addressing the biblical God with a pronoun other than “he” — despite the consensus that God embraces both the masculine …

Taking the Next Step in Inclusive Language

Article by Pamela Payne Allen

We like to think that we’ve made much progress in the pilgrimage toward inclusiveness. Liturgies and hymns are now frequently shorn of generic male references to humankind, and imperialistic stances toward mission have been discarded. Though these are positive steps, it would be premature to conclude that we have achieved inclusiveness. True inclusiveness means more …

The Increasingly Visible Female and the Need for Generic Terms

Article by Rosa Shand Turner

Around the turn of the century, anthropologists realized that they could tell a great deal about a culture by studying its use of language. An anthropologist from, say, one of Saturn’s inhabited moons, on landing in America and managing to untangle our phonemes and morphemes, would soon discover that a word so prevalent as “men” …

TNIV Bible Braves Gender-Inclusive World

Article by John Dart

Publishers of America’s best-selling Bible, who a few years ago retreated when the Religious Right scorched their first gender-inclusive version, have unveiled another try with a New Testament endorsed by evangelical supporters and backed by a six-figure marketing campaign. Today’s New International Version (TNIV), expected to be in bookstores by the end of March, is …