Anglican Woes

From Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine blog:

A Communion sermon by new Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Christians are children of “our mother Jesus.” Some objected to such gender-bending, but she drew upon metaphors from the 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich. Underlying that, Jesus compared himself to a compassionate mother hen (Luke 13:34).

Here’s an example of what’s at stake not only in the Episcopal church, but in the church at large. We can and should recognize the genderlessness of God. He is neither male nor female in His essence. HOWEVER, he has revealed himself, by choice, first as Father and then in the human being Jesus of Nazareth.

Though the Scriptures apply mother-imagery to God along with father-imagery, IMO we sail into stormy waters when we begin to speak of ‘our mother Jesus’. Jesus used the mother hen simile (remember, comparison using like or as), but he did not say he was Jerusalem’s mother.

This is an example, I think, of doing violence to Scripture. And if things continue as they are going (including purging the liturgy of “anti-Semitism”), then we’ll move from stormy waters to the eye of a hurricane.


One thought on “Anglican Woes”

  1. I would have to disagrew with you hear Jamie. I would argue that God is fully gender/sexual. That the essence of masculanity and feminity is derived from God. God has come to identify himself the analogy of being a Father. Which really does capitilize on the masculine side of it. And yes Jesus does have a penis between those legs, and those obviously physically male. However both Father, Son, & Spirit in their action possessed qualities of the feminine.

    Gender/sexuality is a very major component of our identity. If God is not a sexual/gender being then we really do have a hard time relating to Him. It might really do some fuddling to what the Imago Dei might mean.

    For an interesting discussion on this from a conservative point see

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