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Challenging Hidden Gender Messages: From Sensory Videos To Silent Sermonizing

By: Maureen Farrell Garcia | October 19, 2016

Babies love contrasting colors, repetition, and music. Some brilliant people realized this attraction and created baby sensory videos. My granddaughter has a few favorites.

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Blood & Water Flowed: Becoming New through the Feminine Imagery of Redemption

By: Valerie Geer | June 5, 2015

It was not until I was well into my thirties that I started to see that some of my uniquely female experiences are beautiful and poignant pictures within the redemption story. Consider the motif of new life born of blood and water, pain and sacrifice.

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Editing and Choosing Hymns for Inclusive Language

By: Michael Rathke | July 31, 1993

The following set of guidelines is intended as a tool for pastors, musicians, and lay people who are in a position of editing or selecting existing hymn texts. While these suggestions have been written primarily with hymnody in mind, they may also prove useful at times for spoken prayers.

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Who is Sophia?

By: Tina Ostrander | April 30, 1994

In the search for a more inclusive understanding of God, the feminine “Sophia” has for many persons become a bridge between traditional Christianity and feminist concerns. So we ask: Who is Sophia, and where did she come from? Is she the long-awaited answer to this search?

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Imaging God: Another Evangelical Perspective

By: Kari Cunningham Ifland | October 31, 1995

Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a church service because of the overwhelming number of masculine references to God? Have you ever found yourself changing the words to a hymn as you sing in order to be more inclusive? Have you ever found yourself counting the number of times a masculine reference is spoken, prayed [...]

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Language and Limitations

By: Virginia Hearn | October 31, 1995

In my writing I have generally used traditional “male” language for God: he, his, him. Although I do not regard God as a “Super Male in the Sky,” I grew up hearing and reading those male pronouns for God, and the use of them comes naturally to me

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Is “Inclusive Language” Theologically Sound, Or Just This Year’s Fashion?

By: Eve MacMaster | October 31, 1995

The Church is on the defensive these days, attacked by feminists for her long history of condoning patriarchy. Much of the criticism is valid, and most denominations are working hard, as they did when accused of racism, to atone and amend for past and present sins of sexism.

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Lady-Wisdom: The Personification Of God’s Wisdom As A Woman

By: Tina Ostrander | April 30, 1996

In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, God’s infinite wisdom is personified as a woman. The association of divine wisdom with the feminine is not accidental. Social relationships in Israel reflected spiritual relationships between Israel and Yahweh. As a result of this basic analogy between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm, one can [...]

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Dear Woman—Love, Man

By: Roger Mitchell | October 31, 1999

While we Christians tend to masculinize the Creator— after all, the Scriptures are written by men and refer extensively to God in masculine language—still, here and there are traditionally feminine characteristics ascribed to God (cf. Mt 23:37; Ps 91:4).

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The Feminine Imagery of God in the Hebrew Bible

By: Joan P. Schaupp | October 31, 2000

There are profound metaphors of God as feminine in the Hebrew Old Testament. On occasion this poetic imagery is allegorized literally as female; most often the feminine appears in the Hebrew Bible in metaphor and allegory, as in Deuteronomy 32:18b where God, here named Eloah, gives birth to Israel in groaning and travail [...]

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