If you would like to demonstrate your desire for women to hold the priesthood but didn’t make it out to Salt Lake City to join Ordain Women at the Priesthood Session last October, you have another chance. Ordain Women has decided to attend the April 2014 priesthood session.
I participated in October, in spite of my fears about declaring my desires to participate in the priesthood so openly. Before Ordain Women, I had enjoyed semi-anonymity, using only my first name here at the Exponent. My involvement in Ordain Women resulted in a pretty dramatic “coming out” as a Mormon feminist to my Mormon family, church leaders and predominantly LDS local community.
The day that the Ordain Women October Priesthood Session Action event Facebook site launched, someone directed my parents to my positive RSVP. This had the potential to go very badly, considering that we had a big ol’ fight after someone pointed out my support for Pants to Church Day in 2012. However, my dad sent me a short, tactful email requesting my “thoughts on this.” I emailed back telling him that I support ordination of women and included a copy of my Ordain Women profile. My father responded with a long letter that essentially said that my parents did not know whether they agreed with the concept of women’s ordination, and that they dislike public demonstrations, but they trusted me and would not try to stop me from doing something I felt called to do.
I was one of four women who signed a letter to officials at church headquarters requesting tickets to Priesthood Session for 150 women. The day Church Headquarters responded was busy for me. I was painting a new guest room in preparation for hosting a friend from out of state who would stay at my house during the priesthood session event. The LDS Newsroom responded to our letter requesting tickets, gave copies of our correspondence with Church Headquarters to the press, and announced a new policy that Priesthood Session would be broadcast live. So the press called us. I was on TV that day on all local Salt Lake City TV stations. My neighbor across the street called me to ask if my house had flooded, as that was the only explanation she could think of for all the TV crews at my house.Read More