Kate Kelly, the founder of the group Ordain Women, has appealed her excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And her husband is wondering why he hasn’t also been subjected to church discipline.
Even though she’s no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the founder of Ordain Women says she’ll continue in the leadership of the movement to gain the priesthood throughout the church.
The founder of the group Ordain Women is waiting to find out whether she’ll be excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But hundreds of people gathered to support her yesterday near church headquarters, promising to stand by her no matter what a disciplinary council decides.
Only men are allowed to hold the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Advocating for a change in that policy is the reason Kate Kelly is facing possible excommunication. But because she’s a woman, the rules for church discipline are different than they would be for a man.
Margaret Toscano knows what the experience is like – she was excommunicated 14 years ago for her public statements on ordaining women to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The founder of the group Ordain Women and the creator of a podcast on Mormon issues are facing formal discipline from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both face the prospect of excommunication from the church.
Kate Kelly led members of Ordain Women through the gates of Temple Square during the last two general conferences of the church, asking to be admitted to the session reserved for only those men and boys who hold the priesthood. Each time they were turned away, but the demonstrations drew a lot of media coverage.
Two African-American Mormon women who’ve gained a following with a popular podcast,Sistas in Zion, are out with a new book about their experiences in the LDS church.
Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes say their book Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons addresses spiritual topics as it bounces back and forth between uniquely Mormon culture and the urban dialect they grew up with. They say it’s helping them find a new audience.
Priesthood ordination is available only to men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But a group of women seeking ordination is trying a new tactic to persuade Mormons to change their minds.
Ordain Women is publishing a series of six discussions on its website, covering the history and doctrine of the LDS church and hoping to persuade more women to join the effort to change church policy.
Once again, members of a group of women seeking ordination to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were denied the opportunity to attend the priesthood session of the church’s General Conference.
Ordain Women gathered for a devotional service in a city park two blocks from Temple Square in the afternoon before the priesthood session on Saturday. Gina Colvin came from New Zealand. She says the church’s patriarchal structure disempowers women.
Temple Square is typically crowded with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other visitors during General Conference sessions twice a year. But reporters and media cameras or recorders won’t be allowed on the square this weekend.
Members of the church public affairs staff say they’re just reiterating a long-standing policy about media access to Temple Square, though reporters with cameras have often taken pictures and interviewed visitors on the square in past years.
A group pushing for the ordination of women to the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members to wear purple to the church’s general women’s meeting this weekend.
A group of Mormon women asking for ordination to their church’s priesthood is planning to stage another demonstration at the LDS General Conference in three weeks. But they may not get as far as they did last October.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints limits its priesthood ordinations to men and boys 12 and older. And while the church’s positions on some long-standing policies have evolved in recent years, the group Ordain Women found little flexibility on that issue.
In the past, women have not been welcome at the priesthood session that is part of the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But the group Ordain Women is trying to change that. Its leaders sent a letter to the church asking for 150 tickets for women to attend the session scheduled for October 5th.