Dignity San Fernando Valley continues to correct sexist language and be inclusive in our liturgies. We use the principle of "reduce, but don't entirely eliminate." We are incarnationally holistic (body, mind, soul and spirit). We are open to diversity while maintaining the Roman Catholic tradition.
Here are some examples of how we practice inclusive language:
Variations on "The Sign of the Cross"
In the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.
In the name of God, who is both Mother and Father to us, and of Jesus the Only-Begotten, and of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of the Ever-Creating Parent, the Divine Child, and the Holy Spirit.
In the name of the Ever-Creating Parent, the Only-Begotten One, and the Sanctifying Spirit.
In the name of God, our mother and father, and of Jesus, our brother and healer, and of the Holy Spirit, our wisdom and guide.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, eternal, almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all, the Only Begotten One;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
lived and loved among us,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
who descended into hell,
and on the third day rose from the dead;
Jesus, Our Savior, ascended into heaven,
sits at the right hand of the loving God,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Creator,
the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Redeemer, Jesus Christ,
the only Child of God,
eternally begotten of the Creator,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
One in Being with the Creator:
Through the Redeemer all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
Jesus Christ the Redeemer
came down from heaven:
(bow) by the power of the Holy Spirit
was born of the Virgin Mary, and became human.
For our sake Jesus was crucified
under Pontius Pilate,
suffered, died and was buried,
and, on the third day, rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures,
ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God.
Jesus Christ will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and the Reign of God will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Sanctifier, the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from God the Creator
and Jesus Christ the Redeemer,
who with the Creator and the Redeemer,
is worshipped and glorified
and who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Since the divine reality is beyond gender, our chapter attempts to minimize the use of masculine pronouns when it come to God. Whether it is in the songs we sing or the responsorial psalm and in the texts of Scripture, we usually substitute “God/God’s” for “he/his/him”. “They” can also sometimes be an appropriate substitution, reflecting the communion of the Trinity. Scriptures are proclaimed using The Inclusive Bible translation.