When we want to speak about a collection of documents by writers in the Church, usually saints, what term(s) do you think we should use? Church Fathers seems most common in Orthodox circles, but is it wrong to so commonly exclude those who were women (e.g. the desert Ammas)? Should we then say Church Fathers and Mothers? Or should we say Church Writers? Yet generally I would save a term like Church Writers or Ecclesiastical Writers for when I am including those who had a tenuous or varying relationship with the Church (e.g. Tertullian). Thoughts?
I've seen Fathers and Mothers used often; that's my personal preference.