Sunday, November 09, 2008

The "father" language of the Church has always given me problems--not only because of its inherent sexism (and insistence that G-d is similar enough to humanity that it even makes sense to assign a sex to Divinity). And the Episcopal church, at least, insists that the Lord's (!) prayer is the perfect prayer--it begins with "Our Father who art in Heaven," emphasizing not just Divinity's maleness but separateness from all our affairs; God is in heaven, far far away, and moreover a man. The Nicene Creed is the "sufficient statement of faith," and I can't even say it in good conscience, because it begins with "I believe in God the Father."
I found this at http://among.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/our-mother/ , a Quaker website, and it really connected. It made sense. I could say that in church and not feel conflicted or awkward or ashamed.

Our Mother who art among us, holy do we name thee.Thy home be here,thy grace appear in Act as it does in Spirit. Prepare with us our daily bread, and heal us of wrongdoing as we learn to free those that wrong us. Test us not beyond our ability, but keep our souls from destruction, for in thee is our home, and our strength, and our beauty, now and always. Amen.

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