The next WSCF Europe Gender conference is “Communicating Gender” 24-28 October in Løgumkloster, Denmark. This is a very interesting topic and being part of the PrepCom I’ve thought a lot about it lately. We’ve crammed the conference with diverse angles on this topic.
Looking for a headline in a Christian context a while ago I suggested using part of the Lords prayer: “the kingdom, the power and the glory”. But I was told that that was not an option because using the word “kingdom” is non-inclusive.The word “kingdom” has been an issue I have heard raised several times at WSCF events. In defence of using it, someone said, that somewhere a woman had been given the title of “king” so now it would be okay to use the words “king” and “kingdom” because the word was moving towards gender neutrality. But to problematise talk of “Christ the King” and his “kingdom” seems strange to me. Jesus was human and he was a man. A male monarch is called a “king” and the scope of his rule is a “kingdom”. I agree that this term is not gender inclusive. A female monarch, a queen, can rule a kingdom (like Queen Elisabeth in the United Kingdom) but the word “kingdom” takes for granted, that the ruler is male – a “king”.