Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgies to refer to God as a female following the selection of the first women bishops.
A growing number of priests already insert such words as “she” and “mother” informally into traditional service texts to try to make the language of worship more inclusive, it has been claimed.
But calls for a full overhaul of liturgy have already been discussed informally at a senior level.
It comes after the Transformations Steering Group, a body that meets in Lambeth Palace to examine the impact of women in ministry on the Church of England, issued a public call to the bishops to encourage more “expansive language and imagery about God.”
Hilary Cotton, chairman of Women and the Church, the group that led the campaign for female bishops, said a shift away from the traditional patriarchal language of the Book of Common Prayer is at an advanced stage in some quarters.