- Is God as much our Heavenly Mother as our Heavenly Father?
- Has male dominated theology made their God in its own image?
- Is the church suffering for lack of a feminine side?
- Can or should we call God “She”?
- Are the Christian scriptures so devoid of feminine notions of the divine that we need to incorporate teachings and traditions from other religions into our faith and practice?
- Do representations (statues, icons, etc.) of the feminine figure need to be more prominant in our worship?
- How effective would a church like this be in a postmodern context?
If people are not asking you these questions already, they will be after The DaVinci Code hits the big screens in May. Personally, I believe that the church has yet to totally realize the fact that men and women are equally made in the image of God. Gender inclusive language in (post-)modern translations of scripture is a big step in the right direction.
But I also believe that we must not give up Biblical monotheism and its attending prohibitions against idol worship and goddess worship. The God of the Bible is “one” and does not have a “wife” because He encompesses the masculine and the feminine. (I use the masculine pronoun because English has no better pronoun for indicating a personality that is both feminine and masculine, but that’s opening a whole other can of worms…) I also worry when figures of human forms are revernaced in worship; that’s another way of making God in our image, a.k.a. idolatry.
You can read more about Her Church at herchurch.org.