God was always referred to as “Father God” in the churches I grew up going to. Learning to see God as “Father” and especially as the Father shown by Jesus has been extremely powerful in my life. But what about those for whom the idea of “Father God” brings to mind only abuse, oppression, etc? Can we approach God as “Mother God” as well?
This is totally just my opinion- since humans are a reflections of God “made in his image”. The creation account talks about “man made in Gods image” “male and female He made them”. I believe male and female characteristics are both stemming from Gods own characteristics. I don’t believe He thinks exclusively male or female. I believe it’s a division of two sets of His characteristics. I believe He is neither male nor female but in a sense He is both. I tell my daughters (who had a very physically and verbally abusive father), when they are having trouble with their image of God because of this, to try focusing on His nurturing, motherly attributes more and His “fatherly” attributes a little less.