At Forest Grove UCC, part of our commitment to radical hospitality means making certain that our language is as broadly inclusive as possible. Many pastors/worship leaders who place a value on gender inclusive language for God and humankind struggle through traditional scripture translations to ‘clean up’ the text before it gets read or goes to print. This task can become very time consuming and awkward, but help has arrived. By way of sharing resources, I’d like to recommend The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation by Sheed and Ward. This translation has become our standard text at Forest Grove and helps us remain consistent with the inclusive text of The New Century Hymnal.
Blessings on all of your worship planning. Contributed by: Jennifer Yocum, pastor of Forest Grove UCC