Episcopal Gender-Neutral Resolution Gains National Attention

Juicy Ecumenism | 2/9/2018 | Jeffrey Walton
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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.

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The resolution, titled “On the Gendered Language for God” has since garnered critical coverage in several conservative or Christian outlets including The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Breitbart, Christian Post, Life Site, Washington Times, American 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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Liberal blog Episcopal Café made note of the resolution on February 2 as a push for “wider inclusion”. The denomination’s official mouthpiece, Episcopal News Service, eventually acknowledged the story February 7 with a positive spin of its own, portraying the legislative effort as expansive rather than reductive.

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