Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Looks like the Presby's are theologically challenged as well

Having had to fight to get a diocesan billboard removed, placed near my parish church, that proclaimed "My God is Mother: I am an Episcopalian", it is intersting to see that the Presbyterians, also meeting in convention, are just as theologically challenged! God help the mainline Protestant Churches in America!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Associated Press--
The divine Trinity -- "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" -- could also be known as "Mother, Child and Womb" or "Rock, Redeemer, Friend" at some Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) services under an action Monday by the church's national assembly.
Delegates to the meeting voted to "receive" a policy paper on gender-inclusive language for the Trinity, a step short of approving it. That means church officials can propose alternative phrasings for the Trinity, but congregations won't be required to use them.
One reason is that language limited to the Father and Son "has been used to support the idea that God is male and that men are superior to women," the panel said.
Others said the church should stick to the way God is named in the Bible and that Jesus' famous prayer is addressed to "Our Father."