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Telegraph UK – The Church of Sweden is encouraging its clergy to use the gender-neutral term “God” instead of referring to the deity as “he” or “the Lord”.
The decision was made on Thursday, wrapping up an eight-day meeting of the church’s 251-member decision-making body. The decision will take effect on May 20 during Pentecost.
It is the latest move by the national Evangelical Lutheran church to modernise (sic) its 31-year-old handbook setting out how services should be conducted.
The decision to update the book of worship gives priests new options on how to refer to God during their services.
Priests can now open their services by referring to the traditional “Father, son and Holy Ghost” or the gender-neutral phrase “in the name of God and the Holy Trinity”. Other gender-neutral options are available for other parts of the Church of Sweden liturgy.
“We talk about Jesus Christ, but in a few places we have changed it to say ‘God’ instead of ‘he’,” Church of Sweden spokesperson Sofija Pedersen Videke told The Telegraph. “We have some prayer options that are more gender-neutral than others.”
“A wide majority of people decided on the book,” she said, adding that she had heard of no priests who objected to the new linguistic framework.
The Church of Sweden is headed by Archbishop Antje Jackelen, who was elected Sweden’s first female archbishop in 2013.
Archbishop Jackelen defended the decision, telling Sweden’s TT news agency: “Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human. See the rest here
Feminists taking over the Church?
Here’s some informative material from the Swedish government about religion in Sweden. Did you know that 50 percent of all Church of Sweden clergy are female? And that today, a majority of those studying to be ordained in that church are women? H/T The American Conservative
Religion in Sweden – In 2014, Antje Jackelén became the first woman to hold the post of the Archbishop of Uppsala, who is the chief representative of the Church of Sweden both nationally and internationally. The archbishop is also responsible for anointing new Swedish bishops.
In 1960, the first women priests were inaugurated in the Church of Sweden. Today 45 per cent of priests are women, and women make up the majority of those studying to become priests.
I don’t know why what the writer says 45% when this image shows 50-50. Oh and the women priests make $100 more the the men!
See these articles also:
- Silly Women and The Feminist Movement
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