"A report by the Liturgical Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England."
"First published December 1988 by the General Synod of the Church of England in a special edition for General Synod members. Trade edition published January 1989 by Church House Publishing". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 69.
"This report is published in fulfillment of the undertaking given in the Standing Committee's Report 'The Worship of the Church' (GS 698), which was received by the General Synod in November 1985". -- Chairman's Preface.
"Sensitivity to the use of apparently male terms to cover both sexes has increased over the past decade. The final editing of 'The Alternative Service Book 1980' just predated the rise of this concern. The Liturgical Commission of the General Synod was asked in 1985 to study the issue. Their report provides: (1) a comprehensive essay setting the matter in context, which discusses the Feminist critique of 'sexist' language, the various responses that have been made, and possible ways of handling the main problem words; (2) a schedule of optional adaptations for passages in the ASB where the language may be felt to exclude women, for wider discussion in the Church and then for use where this is felt to be appropriate. The aim is not to lay down whether such adaptations should be used, but to provide the best alternative in each case; (3) a small number of supplementary texts which give greater emphasis to the feminine and contribute to the programme of 'Making Women Visible'. After a period of debate the House of Bishops will decide whether these adaptations would be regarded as coming within the ambit of Canon B 5 as 'variations which are not of substantial importance'". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Members of the Commission -- Chairman's Preface dated November 1988 / Colin Winton i.e. Colin James bishop of Winchester -- Introduction and Summary -- Women and Language -- Changing Words -- Suggested Alternatives -- Supplementary Texts -- Appendix 1: The Revision of Agreed Texts: The Liturgical Commission's Response to ELLC's [English Language Liturgical Consultation] Proposed Guidelines -- Appendix 2: ICEL [International Commission on English in the Liturgy] Guidelines for Inclusive Language -- Bibliography.