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A spiritual journey

God images expand after birthing

My pastor's sermon about gender justice and inclusivity in worship included, "How dare we change the wording of the ancient creeds proclaiming belief in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? We do so at the peril of losing our cohesion as one Christian faith and risk being swept into the dustbin of historical irrelevance."

I felt as though I'd been kicked in the chest. My experience of God's love was transformed three months earlier by the birth of my daughter, Miranda. A visceral reaction of hurt and anger welled up inside me. I mulled over the offending words for days.


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