The Church of Sweden last week advised members of its clergy to use the gender-neutral term “God” instead of “he” or “the Lord.”
Church of Sweden spokesperson Sofija Pedersen Videke told The Telegraph the church now prefers gender-neutral terms:
We talk about Jesus Christ, but in a few places we have changed it to say “God” instead of “he.” We have some prayer options that are more gender-neutral than others.
Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Sweden's first female archbishop, justified the changes.
“Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human,” she said.
The Church of England also earlier this month published guidelines for its nearly 5,000 schools, instructing them to allow children to “explore gender identity,” as reported by The Independent:
For example, a child may choose the tutu, princess's tiara and heels and/or the fireman's helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak, without expectation or comment.
Children “need to be able to play with the many cloaks of identity,” according to the new guidelines.