Episcopal Church Holds Off on Changing Gender Specific Language for God in Book of Common Prayer; Calls for New Liturgical Texts Instead

The Episcopal Church has held off on editing their Book of Common Prayer to possibly remove gender specific language for God. Instead, they passed a resolution encouraging the creation of new liturgies.

At the mainline denomination’s 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, the House of Deputies approved a resolution calling for revising their Book of Common Prayer to include more “inclusive and expansive language” for both God and humanity.

The House of Bishops created their own resolution language, which among other things resolved to “memorialize” the 1979 Book of Common Prayer which involves “preserving the psalter, liturgies, The Lambeth Quadrilateral, Historic Documents, and Trinitarian Formularies ensuring its continued use.”

The bishops approved the revised amendment on Tuesday and the deputies passed it overwhelmingly via voice vote on Wednesday.

In addition to preserving the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, they approved a measure called for the introduction of revised liturgies and the creation of the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision.

The Task Force will be comprised of members of both Episcopal Houses and will give reports to the 80th General Convention, scheduled to meet in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2021.

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Source: Christian Post