In times of stress many people, religious leaders as well as regular folk, often invoke a sense of community by calling on “brothers and sisters.” However, many people who fall into the category of non-binary gender do not identify as male or female, brother or sister. That binary language leaves us out.
Sometimes, when this question is raised, well-meaning people wonder “Well, what are our other options?!” For the sake of argument, let’s be clear that there are always alternatives. Just because they don’t immediately come to mind, doesn’t mean there aren’t perfectly obvious gender-neutral terms.
Maintaining the metaphor of family
“Sisters, brothers, and others” (if it can be delivered playfully, without othering)
Shifting to other metaphors
Friends in Christ (if religious context makes it appropriate)
People of God (if religious context makes it appropriate)