Language about People

Inclusive Language with Reference to the People of God 

"There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28 NRSV

"We believe that the imagery conveyed by language and language itself is important and that they articulate and influence our understandings of what is revealed to us about the nature and activity of God and the dignity of all God's people as created in the image of God."
UCC Inclusive Language Covenant

Words That Exclude:

Words That Include:

brothers, brotherhood
(in the faith)

brothers and sisters, friends, kindred, family of faith, neighbors, humankind
 

man, men, mankind

people, all people, men and women or women and men, humanity, persons, everyone, all of us, we, one
 

sons (of God)

daughters and sons, children of God, people of God, God's people, heirs
 

chairman

chairperson, chair, moderator, group leader, presiding officer
 

workmen

workers
 

forefathers

ancestors, forebears, forebearers
 

disabled person

person with a disability, differently abled
 

clergyman

clergy, minister
 

layman

laity, layperson, member of the congregation, congregant
 

fellowship

community, communion, friendship, "koinonia"
 

man-made

constructed, not natural, human-made, synthetic
 

stand as able

if you are able to do so comfortably, please stand
 

minority people

racial ethnic people, people of color
 

foreigner, alien

visitor from another country, immigrant
 

man and wife

husband and wife, woman and man, spouses, partners
 

kingdom

realm, reign of God
 

third world

developing nations, two-thirds world
 

washed white, white lies

washed clean, lies
 

blacklisted

discriminated against, excluded
 

darkness of evil

presence of evil
 

Inclusive Translations of Scripture

  • The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995
  • Inclusive Language Lectionary, Years A (1983), B (1984), C (1985), New York: National Council of Churches
  • Inclusive Language Psalms, Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 1987
  • The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation, Priests for Equality, 2007
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