I believe God is Spirit, both without gender and encompassing the fullness of male and female in whose image we were created. I believe Jesus had no choice but to refer to God as Father in a patriarchal society that valued the male as authority over the female. Because my formative years referred to this being of the Trinity as Father God, and perhaps because as a woman, it fits more in line with my concept of “other,” I will often refer to “Him” with this language. It is the image in my mind, where I am today. I fully respect the choice others make to refer to Mother God, to embrace the feminine aspect of God’s character. I also recognize the importance of challenging the patriarchy and being mindful of the damage caused by the exclusion of the feminine. I hope someday to be able to make this transition in my own thinking and in my writing.