Friday, June 23, 2006

Father, Son, Holy Spirit Receive a Makeover Courtesy of the PCA USA

Is it me or is the SBC Convention looking better and better all the time.


By Richard N. Ostling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The divine Trinity -- "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" -- could also be known as "Mother, Child and Womb" or "Rock, Redeemer, Friend" at some Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) services under an action yesterday by the church's national assembly.

Delegates to the meeting voted to "receive" a policy paper on gender-inclusive language for the Trinity, a step short of approving it.

Among the proposed options drawn from biblical material:

That means officials with the Louisville-based denomination can propose experimental liturgies with alternative phrasings for the Trinity, but congregations won't be required to use them.

"This does not alter the church's theological position but provides an educational resource to enhance the spiritual life of our membership," legislative committee chair Nancy Olthoff, an Iowa laywoman, said during yesterday's debate on the Trinity.

The assembly narrowly defeated a conservative bid to refer the paper back for further study.

Among the proposed options drawn from biblical material:

• “Mother, Child and Womb”

• “Lover, Beloved, Love”

• “Creator, Savior, Sanctifier”

• “Rock, Redeemer, Friend”

• “King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love.”

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Anonymous said...


Justice said...

You could almost give them credit for creativity. Why is it that people today feel the need to redifne and rename everything. As I looked at their suggestions I was struck at how feminine the majority of them are. I am sick and tired of people trying to effeminize Christianity.

Scott Hill said...

It must just be you.

Anonymous said...

Scott, we have to meet. You're a trip!