State Church: God No Longer ‘He’ or ‘Lord’

Beginning May 20, the Church of Sweden will make its clergy use gender-neutral language when referring to God.

According to The Washington Post, “the move is one of several taken by the national Evangelical Lutheran church in updating a 31-year-old handbook setting out how services should be conducted in terms of language, liturgy, hymns and other aspects.” With this update, references such as “He” and “Lord” will no longer be acceptable. Instead, clergy are encouraged to use the term “God” as gender neutral.

“Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human,” said church head and Sweden’s first female archbishop, Antje Jackelen, to Sweden’s TT news agency.