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 the witness 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 an Inclusive Language Covenant local congregations could consider and examples of policies adopted by some UCC Conferences. Additional study materials are also available.