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Expansive Language:
Congregations Exploring Inclusivity:
Strategies for Introducing a Difficult Topic
O burning Mountain,
O Chosen Sun,
O perfect Moon,
O fathomless Well.
O unattainable Height,
O Clearness beyond measure
O W...
Workshop
Agenda
• Introductions
• Project Overview
– Mandate, Background, Goal
• Framing Conversations for
Resistant Commu...
Introductions
• Name
• Location
• Leadership Role
• Why Are You Here
How does it change our understanding
of and relationship with God to use
both masculine and feminine names /
images?
Why d...
Why, in 2014, is Expansive
Language Not Yet Completely
Standard?
Transforming Common Fears
Foundational Value #1:
Revelation of Scripture
• All scripture is inspired by
God and is useful for
teaching...
2 Timothy ...
Foundational Value #2:
Purity
• Feminine images and pronouns
were once connected strongly
with pagan goddess imagery and
e...
Jesus Is Lord
Foundational
Value #3:
Foundational Value #4:
Expansive Gender Equality
• GOAL:
– To obey the command to love the Lord God with our
heart, soul, ...
God of the Bible
5 Weeks
Small Groups
Free and Downloadable
May 2015
Session 1:
Imagining
the Mystery
and Love of
God
Session 2:
Listening to Wisdom
Hagia Sophia
June 23, 2012
(cc) Anna Yanew.
Session 3: God Who Nurtures,
Loves and Parents
http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/staffhome/ankelly/Farid/From%20Within%20Creation.jpg
Session 4: God of All Creation
Session 5:
Knowing the
Unknowable
Biblical
Reflection
Exercise
All-powerful God
Almighty Giver of Good
Answer to all mysteries
Awesome God
Awesome One
Binder of Wounds
Brightness of fai...
Other Descriptions for God
Genesis 1:27
Genesis 49:25
Hosea 11:3-4
Hosea 13:8
Deuteronomy
32:11-12
Deuteronomy
32:18
Isaia...
Genesis 1:27
“Humankind was created
as God’s reflection: in the
divine image God
created them; female
and male, God made
t...
Genesis 49:25
“by the God of your father, who
will help you, by the Almighty who
will bless you with blessings of
heaven a...
Hosea 11:3-4
“…I led them with cords of
human kindness, with bands
of love. I was to them like
those who lift infants to t...
Hosea 13:8
“Like a bear robbed of
her cubs, I will attack
them and tear them
asunder…”
ArendV 0514
Deuteronomy 32:11-12
“Like the eagle that stirs up
its nest, and hovers over its
young, God spreads wings
to catch you, an...
Deuteronomy 32:18
“You were unmindful of
the Rock that bore you;
you forgot the God who
gave you birth.”
postbear eater of...
Isaiah 66:13
God: “As a mother
comforts her child, so I
will comfort you; you
shall be comforted in
Jerusalem.”
eren {sea+...
Isaiah 49:15
God: “Can a woman forget her
nursing child, or show no
compassion for the child of her
womb? Even these may
f...
Isaiah 42:14
God: “For a long time I have held
my peace, I have kept myself still
and restrained myself; now I will cry
ou...
Jeremiah 44:25
“Thus says…the God of Israel: You and your
wives have accomplished in deeds what you
declared in words, ‘We...
Psalm131:2“But I have
calmed and
quieted my
soul, like a
weaned child
with its mother;
my soul is like
the weaned
child th...
Psalm 123:2-3
“As the eyes of a
servant looks to the
hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her
mistre...
Job 38:29
God: “Who has begotten the
drops of dew? From whose
womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the
...
Matthew 23:37 & Luke 13:34
“…How often have I desired
to gather your children
together as a hen gathers
her brood under he...
Luke 15:8-10
Jesus: “Or what woman having ten silver
coins, is she loses one of them, does not
light a lamp, sweep the` ho...
{Reflect}
Strategies for Jumping In
Expansive United Methodist
Hymns and Songs
Song Source
God of Many Names United Methodist Hymnal 105
Creating God, Your Fi...
Bibliography and Resources
• United Methodist Book of Resolutions #8011
• Making Sense of the Bible – Adam Hamilton
• Stel...
Bible Studies and Theology
• Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital
Worship for the 21st Century – Ruth Duck
• Discipl...
Questions and Conclusio
PRACTICE
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An introduction to Christian bible names and descriptions for God which are gender neutral and feminine. A workshop presentation developed for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church and presented at the Women and Worship conference hosted by Philips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.

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God of the Bible - GCSRW

  1. 1. Expansive Language: Congregations Exploring Inclusivity: Strategies for Introducing a Difficult Topic
  2. 2. O burning Mountain, O Chosen Sun, O perfect Moon, O fathomless Well. O unattainable Height, O Clearness beyond measure O Wisdom without end, O Mercy without limit O Strength beyond resistance, O Crown beyond all majesty The humblest thing you created sings your praise. Amen. From United Methodist Hymnal # 104 {pray}
  3. 3. Workshop Agenda • Introductions • Project Overview – Mandate, Background, Goal • Framing Conversations for Resistant Communities • God of the Bible: new study • Reflection Exercise • Conclusions & Conversation – Other Resources – Evaluation
  4. 4. Introductions • Name • Location • Leadership Role • Why Are You Here
  5. 5. How does it change our understanding of and relationship with God to use both masculine and feminine names / images? Why does it matter what names or descriptions we use for God?
  6. 6. Why, in 2014, is Expansive Language Not Yet Completely Standard?
  7. 7. Transforming Common Fears
  8. 8. Foundational Value #1: Revelation of Scripture • All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching... 2 Timothy 3:16a • Thus, we practice spiritual disciplines of study, prayer, conferencing, and discernment
  9. 9. Foundational Value #2: Purity • Feminine images and pronouns were once connected strongly with pagan goddess imagery and earth-as-goddess images • Must take scripture seriously, authoritatively • Let them know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18
  10. 10. Jesus Is Lord Foundational Value #3:
  11. 11. Foundational Value #4: Expansive Gender Equality • GOAL: – To obey the command to love the Lord God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength by seeking to know God – To love our neighbors as ourselves by acknowledging that God created humanity in God’s image – male AND female =
  12. 12. God of the Bible 5 Weeks Small Groups Free and Downloadable May 2015
  13. 13. Session 1: Imagining the Mystery and Love of God
  14. 14. Session 2: Listening to Wisdom Hagia Sophia June 23, 2012 (cc) Anna Yanew.
  15. 15. Session 3: God Who Nurtures, Loves and Parents
  16. 16. http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/staffhome/ankelly/Farid/From%20Within%20Creation.jpg Session 4: God of All Creation
  17. 17. Session 5: Knowing the Unknowable
  18. 18. Biblical Reflection Exercise
  19. 19. All-powerful God Almighty Giver of Good Answer to all mysteries Awesome God Awesome One Binder of Wounds Brightness of faithful souls Comfort of sufferers Companion of the lonely Compassionate One Creative Source of all being Creator and Preserver of all humankind Creator of all Creator of goodness and beauty Creator of the light Desire of the Nations Eternal Father-Mother-God Eternal God our Answer Eternal Keeper Eternal One Eternal Ruler Eternal Source of knowledge Eternal source of peace Eternal Spirit of the universe Ever loving God Ever-living God Faithful God Fountain of all Holiness Fountain of everlasting light Fountain of life Fountain of light and Truth Fountain of wisdom Friend of the poor Generous Provider of all good gifts Giver of all good things Giver of every good and perfect gift Giver of health and salvation Giver of life and health Giver of love Giver of peace God arrayed in justice God of ages past and future God of all being God of all comfort God of all compassion God of all creatures God of all flesh God of all generations God of all goodness God of all power God of all righteousness God of all the world God of all times and places God of comfort God of compassion God of earth and air, height and depth God of earthquake, wind, and fire God of eternal might God of forgiveness and understanding God of freedom and right God of grace and glory God of heavenly powers God of holiness God of holy love God of hope and joy God of Israel's past God of life and death God of light and sun God of many deliverances God of peace God of power and splendor God of prophets (and apostles) God of steadfastness and encouragement God of the beginning, God of the end God of the loving heart God of the morning, noon, and evening of life God of the spirits of all flesh God of this day God of truth God of unchangeable power God of wonders God our Companion God our Helper God surrounded by glory God who art perfect love Gracious Giver of knowledge Gracious God Great God (of power) Great God our Hope Great Healer of body and soul Great Ruler of the world Guardian of our lives Guide and inspiration of humanity Guide of humanity Guide of the meek Healer of the sick Heart that inspires in us a vision of justice and love Heart's Delight Helper of all persons Helper of the weak Hidden God High and Holy One (The) Hope of all the ends of the earth Incognito God Inexhaustible God Infinite God Inspiration to goodness Israel's Shield Judge Eternal Judge of all humankind Keeper of (the) covenant(s) Keeper of our souls Life of all who live Life of mortals Life of the universe Life of the world Light of all seeing Light of the faithful Light of the minds that know thee Lover of concord Lover of peace Lover of souls Maker of all things Maker of heaven and earth Maker of light Maker of man and woman in your own likeness Mighty Forever God Mighty God Mighty Redeemer Mind of the universe (The) Mind that unifies all creation Most merciful God One and Eternal God of time and space Only One Our Creator and Our Teacher Our Refuge and Our Strength Our Source and Our End (The) Power that brings healing to the sick Power that saves Power that shields Proclaimer of justice Protector of all who trust Pure and upright One Radiance of faithful souls Radiant and glorious God Redeemer and Deliverer Redeemer of Israel Redeemer of the oppressed Redeeming God Refuge of those who put their trust in you Repose of the dead Righteous God Righteous One of all generations Rock of all creation Rock of Jacob Rock of our life Ruler of all creation Ruler of all peoples on earth Ruler of the universe Searcher of hearts Shelter from the storm Shield of Abraham Shield of our fathers and mothers Shining Glory Source of all existence Source of all health Source of all life Source of all power Source of all that we have Source of all true joy Source of blessing Source of creation Source of deliverance and help Source of eternal light Source of freedom Source of good Source of health and strength Source of life Source of mercy Source of peace Source of salvation Source of strength Source of truth and law Sovereign God Sovereign of peace Staff and support of the righteous Steadfast and loving One Strength of our life Strength of the weak Strength of those who labor Strong God of truth Support of the innocent Sustainer of all the worlds that are Teacher of peace The First and the Last True and only Light True Sun of the World Upholder of the falling Watchful and caring God (The) Will that gives us power Wondrous Fashioner and Sustainer of Life World's Light NAMES FOR GOD IN THE BIBLE
  20. 20. Other Descriptions for God Genesis 1:27 Genesis 49:25 Hosea 11:3-4 Hosea 13:8 Deuteronomy 32:11-12 Deuteronomy 32:18 Isaiah 66:13 Isaiah 49:15 Isaiah 42:14 Jeremiah 44:25 Psalm131:2 Psalm 123:2-3 Job 38:29 Matthew 23:37 Luke 13:34 Luke 15:8-10 Compiled by the Women’s Ordination Conference www.womensordination.org
  21. 21. Genesis 1:27 “Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them." Beth Scupham
  22. 22. Genesis 49:25 “by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”
  23. 23. Hosea 11:3-4 “…I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”
  24. 24. Hosea 13:8 “Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…” ArendV 0514
  25. 25. Deuteronomy 32:11-12 “Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.” Kenneth Cole Schneider
  26. 26. Deuteronomy 32:18 “You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.” postbear eater of worlds
  27. 27. Isaiah 66:13 God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” eren {sea+prairie}
  28. 28. Isaiah 49:15 God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” AV17-34 World BankAV17-34 World Bank Photo Collection
  29. 29. Isaiah 42:14 God: “For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.” IN151S17 World Bank
  30. 30. Jeremiah 44:25 “Thus says…the God of Israel: You and your wives have accomplished in deeds what you declared in words, ‘We are determined to …make offerings to the queen of heaven and to pour out libations to her.’ By all means, keep your vows and make your libations!”
  31. 31. Psalm131:2“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.” Ajpix.blogspot.com
  32. 32. Psalm 123:2-3 “As the eyes of a servant looks to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you, YHWH, until you show us your mercy!” Mattias Karlsson
  33. 33. Job 38:29 God: “Who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven?” Nomadic lass
  34. 34. Matthew 23:37 & Luke 13:34 “…How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” llee_wu
  35. 35. Luke 15:8-10 Jesus: “Or what woman having ten silver coins, is she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the` house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
  36. 36. {Reflect}
  37. 37. Strategies for Jumping In
  38. 38. Expansive United Methodist Hymns and Songs Song Source God of Many Names United Methodist Hymnal 105 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace United Methodist Hymnal 109 Source & Sovereign, Rock & Cloud United Methodist Hymnal 113 The Care the Eagle Gives Her Young United Methodist Hymnal 118 Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth The Faith We Sing 2050 Womb of Life The Faith We Sing 2046 Bring Many Names The Faith We Sing 2047 God of the Bible Worship & Song 3020
  39. 39. Bibliography and Resources • United Methodist Book of Resolutions #8011 • Making Sense of the Bible – Adam Hamilton • Stellarella – Deborah W. Dykes • The Shack – William P. Young • Big Mama Makes the World – Phyllis Root • Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation – Mary Daly • Feminist Mysticism And Images of God: A Practical Theology – Jennie S. Knight
  40. 40. Bible Studies and Theology • Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century – Ruth Duck • Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study – 34 week - Cokesbury • Invitation to Genesis – 10 session – Peter Enns - Cokesbury • Rock, Shepherd, Friend – 4 session – www.gcrsw.org • Words that Hurt, Words that Heal – Cokesbury Electronic Download
  41. 41. Questions and Conclusio
  42. 42. PRACTICE

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