Virtual Oases XXXI

The General Relief Society Meeting was broadcast last night. Summaries from the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, and Jilopa.


Deborah is K-12 educator who nurtures a healthy interest in reading, writing, running, ethics, mystics, and interfaith dialogue.

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  1. pjj says:

    I was interested in the “Small Change” ideas. Most of them are not new, except for the community callings. The only one I’d bicker with is the one about calling another “Sheri Dew”. I’d greatly prefer another Chieko Okazaki over another Sheri Dew. (Meaning mostly the different attitudes the two have towards gay people.)

    There is a new site,, where you can vote on posts from blogs. This small change post was one of the most “sustaind” posts there, but then three people “buried” it tonight, so it’s no longer on the site. (People can vote to bury stories they think aren’t appropriate, and it only takes three votes to do so.

  2. pjj says:

    Just to clarify the last remark a bit– apparently the Small Changes post was threatening or radical to several people– or perhaps they just don’t like the author. To me it seemed reasonable, and not all that revolutionary.

  3. Deborah says:

    pjj: Huh. I was unaware of any “politics” around the post (I’m not sure how sustaind works . . . perhaps it’s time to investigate!)

    As for Sisters Okazaki and Dew — I’d love more of both in public leadership positions: i.e. strong devoted women who are powerful public speakers and who have a slighty unconventional life stories. I remember hearing Sis. Okazaki talk about her interfaith courtship (her husband joined after their marriage) and her work as a school principa (while she still had children at home). As one in an interfaith marriage who hopes to never fully leave my work in schools . . . well, I like seeing a diversity of life experiences reflected in church leadership.

  4. AmyB says:

    Deborah, I love that you do this every week. The links are always great.

    I’m interested to see what discussion ensues about the women’s conference- I’m sure it will be discussed at length in the bloggernacle. I find the acknowledgement that many women feel like second-class citizens interesting. I wonder if the blogs have had an impact on the COB’s awareness of this issue.

  5. Kaimi says:

    Thanks for these links, Deborah — I may have to steal a few for a sidebar somewhere. 🙂 With credit given, of course.

  6. pjj says:

    There is a post up for open discussion of the conference at feministmormonhouswives.

    Sustaind ( seems like a good idea to me, but it’s going to need more participants to really work well. It’s supposed to work by people posting links and descriptions of blog posts and other lds sites which are particularly good. Then others can vote whether they “sustain” them. If a post gets enough votes, it moves on to a list of highest vote getters. But there was a bury feature where people could delete sites from sustaind, if three people voted to bury them. So that’s what happened to the link for “Small Changes”, even though it was one of the highest rates sites before that happened. So they need to work out some bugs with that system. I think that currently the site owner has just disabled that feature.

  7. pjj says:

    An update– “Small changes” has been “unburied” at sustaind, after discussion about the burial feature there. I hope more people will support that site (and I have no connection with it, other than participating in the voting.) It’s a nice alternative to the blog aggregators, in that people nominate posts that are good, rather than there just being a list of everything at certain blogs.

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