Schools including All Hallows’, Loreto College at Coorparoo, St Rita’s College Clayfield and Stuartholme are stamping out traditional terms such as Lord, Father and Son.
“As we believe God is neither male or female, Stuartholme tries to use gender-neutral terms in prayers … so that our community deepens their understanding of who God is for them, how God reveals Godself through creation, our relationships with others and the person of Jesus,” a spokeswoman said.
Students at All Hallows’ make the sign of the cross in the name of “The Creator, Jesus and the Holy Spirit’’, instead of the traditional “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”.
Loreto College in Coorparoo has stripped the word “Lord” from its prayers, as it is regarded as a “male term”.
St Rita’s tries to use gender-neutral terms for God, but still uses traditional prayers such as the Our Father. “Context is important,’’ assistant principal Richard Rogusz said. “We strive to use gender-neutral terms for God, for example ‘God and God’s people’ rather than ‘God and His people’. ‘Spirit’ is also gender-neutral.”
Even St Joseph’s College – the city’s top Catholic boys’ school has replaced the term “brothers” with “sisters and brothers” and switched the term “brotherhood” with “international community”.