When we think of justice-making, we usually think of taking
action – like joining the Justice
and Peace Action Network
messages to elected officials about legislation. Or marching for peace and human rights. Or organizing in our communities to make life
better, safer, and more just.
We don’t often think about the words we use – but we
should. The United Church of Christ has
a long history of promoting awareness about gender-inclusive language and
official policy for our publications. Read
of General Synod which started in 1973.
The words we use reflect the world we live in – and words
can also shape that same world, for better or for worse. Whether we are talking about God or each
other, words can limit or expand our abilities to include or exclude
others. Here is a link to some excellent
resources on language as background, including
Language Covenant local congregations could consider and examples of
policies adopted by some UCC Conferences.
materials are also available.
Rev. Lois M. Powell
Executive Associate to the General Minister and President
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115