A group of female ministers in the Church of England wants the church to make it acceptable to refer to God as “She” in its liturgy, multiple newspapers in England have reported. Some have claimed only referencing God as a male may be “idolatrous.”
According to the UK Sunday Times, a group called WATCH (Women and the Church) raised concerns that references to God as exclusively male leave women feeling marginalized and inherently less valuable than men.
But they may also regard exclusively male references to God as “idolatrous.”
Rev. Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, who belongs to the group, told the newspaper, “When we use only male language for God we reinforce the idea that God is like a man and, in doing so, suggest that men are, therefore, more like God than women.”
In January, the Church of England appointed its first female Anglican bishop – the Right Rev. Libby Lane – since its founding in 1534. It is expected to appoint another in July.