Draw the circle wide

Draw the circle wide. Gordon S. Light* (1944- ).  Inclusive language for humankind and for God was a strong current in the tide of liturgical renewal among mainstream Canadian churches in the 1980s and 1990s. Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and United Churches responded to the call for new congregational song with collections that included not only strophic hymns new and revised, but also songs in many genres and languages from writers and composers around the globe. How seriously the hymnal committees followed their mandates to be inclusive can be most easily measured by the number of complaints (occasionally good-humoured) from parishioners about the size and weight of the new...

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