If you’ve been following Mormonism at all in the last year or so, you’ve probably seen a lot of procedural and attitudinal changes, from the new Mormons and Gays website to a surge of young sister missionaries going into the world. We’ve also begun to hear a lot of calls for change in the Church, from members seeking a standardization of temple policies and women exercising their right to wear pants, to letters asking for women to pray in General Conference and a blog calling for our leaders to ask for revelation about ordaining women.
I shared the Ordain Women meeting information with my mother, who lives a mile and a half from the University of Utah Student Union. Neither of us will be able to attend, but we had a joyful (and tearful) moment just talking about it.
And then I heard this story from Rome, which is so beautiful I simply must share it with you.
The phrase “Catholic spring” appears near the end of the article, and it resonated with me. The “spring” part hearkens back to 1848, when revolution and political compromise led to some tiny but significant changes in Europe: the end of serfdom in some places; monarchs giving up absolute rule in others. You know the more contemporary allusions: the Prague spring of 1968 and the Arab spring that started in December 2010. In those cases, and the Catholic spring mentioned in the article, the word “revolution” is clearly too militaristic. Spring connotes awakening, rejuvenation, newness, meekness. It suggests that the sun is rising, that people are seeing things with new eyes and new hopes, that people and leaders are hearing one another and working together for progress.
I hope we’re experiencing the beginning of a Mormon spring–not a revolution, certainly, but a new era of revelation that transforms the Church we love in a fundamental way, the likes of which we haven’t seen for over a century. There is so much willingness to work together to include people who haven’t felt that they belong with us. So many people talking about change, openness, inclusion, and seeing each other as God sees us.
Happy spring, everyone. May God guide us and bless us.