During the weeks preceding and following the recent Ordain Women action, several Mormon feminists, including me, were contacted by our stake presidents or bishops. These local leaders requested meetings with us to discuss our concerns about male-only priesthood. To my knowledge, most of these meetings resulted in good conversations. I hope this is an indication that the Church intends to honor the statement its spokesperson made at the event, “These are our sisters and we want them among us.”Read More
Women are seeking to attend Priesthood Session during the upcoming General Conference. (You can read more about these plans here.) The main purpose of this action is to show support for the ordination of women.
While not the main focus, these plans have illuminated the differing policies toward gender at Priesthood Session and General Relief Society Meeting. Great lengths are taken to ensure that Priesthood Session is a male-only space. In contrast, not only do men attend Relief Society Meeting, they preside over it and offer the keynote address.Read More
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormons) was organized in Fayette, New York in 1830. Only seven miles away, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.
Although Mott and Stanton were two of the most progressive advocates for women of their time, it did not even occur to them that they might preside over the convention they had planned. That honor went to Mott’s husband, James Mott.
In mid-nineteenth century New York, the idea that women should be permitted to speak in “promiscuous company” (a term describing mixed gender public gatherings) was extremely controversial. Women presiding over a mixed gender meeting had not even entered the realm of imagination.Read More
“Wow, that scares me to death but please connect me,” I replied when I was invited to connect with a new group that would “unapologetically advocate for women’s ordination in the Mormon church.” That group became Ordain Women.
Openly advocating for women’s ordination breaks a taboo that has been prevalent even among Mormon feminists. My first, reflexive feeling about it was fear of censure and discipline. Almost immediately thereafter, a scripture came to my mind:
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Why do I fear the people I love? Why do I fear the church I love? Why do I feel powerless to speak my truth? God didn’t give me the spirit of fear. God didn’t make me powerless. God gave me power and love and a sound mind.Read More
As a returned missionary, I am well-versed in the true and everlasting religious salesmanship technique: the commitment pattern, which emphasizes the use of “will you” questions to encourage people to commit to religious challenges. Equal in Faith organizers have challenged us to fast for gender equity, including inclusion of women into the LDS and Catholic priesthoods and other interfaith religious opportunities that currently exclude women. In a recent post, I explained the Equal in Faith fast and listed five ways you could participate. (Please review the post here.) Now, it is time to commit.Read More
Are you getting ready for Equal in Faith: Women Fast for Gender Justice on August 26? Read the announcement here for ways you can participate: http://www.the-exponent.com/equal-in-faith-interfaith-fast-august-26-2013/ And now, Equal in Faith has announced another prayer service in Salt Lake City, in addition to the one already scheduled in Washington DC. If you are in Washington DC or Salt Lake City, please come! And remember, even if you don’t live close enough to DC or SLC to attend one of the prayer services, there are lots of other ways to participate.Read More