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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ordain Women: Respectfully revolutionary

LDS Conference Center  (Photo by Cool Hand Luke)
Kate Kelly, a human-rights lawyer and member of the group Ordain Women, recently explained the following to Reuters reporter Timothy Pratt:  Our approach has been very respectful, while the idea is revolutionary.

The "idea" that Kelly is referring to is one that Ordain Women embraces wholeheartedly – i.e., for women within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka "LDS" or "Mormon Church") to "be ordained to priesthood… and achieve complete equality – ecclesiastic, clerical, fiscal and otherwise."

The "approach" has included displays of public advocacy such as the group's recent demonstration outside the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City.  The Ordain Women website explains why such "public actions" are undertaken:  Because Mormon women lack institutional authority and access to those leaders who have the ability to receive revelation on behalf of the Church, public advocacy is one of the few options open to those of us who actively seek ordination.

The FAQ section of this website addresses many other common concerns, such as the following:  Is it a sin to seek power and authority?  In questioning Church policies, aren't you questioning God?  Don't
women and men have fundamentally different but equal roles?

The latter "different but equal" notion has been particularly pernicious throughout the course of male-dominated history.  It has been used to "deny women access to the voting booth, political office, education, employment, and spiritual empowerment."


Copyright October 6, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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