Where do feminist Mormons stand, a year after excommunication?

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Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women movement, is facing possible excommunication for her views on gender inequality in the Mormon Church.

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Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women movement, is facing possible excommunication for her views on gender inequality in the Mormon Church.

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Many Mormon feminists experienced Kate Kelly’s excommunication as a harsh slap felt around the world.

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  • “…progressive LDS history…”

    God is not progressive. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.


  • Katelyn

    A person using the name Jerry has regularly been posting rude, insulting, and sexist comments on RNS articles. Most of his comments are being removed and/or have been cited as abusive. If you see more of his comments in the same vein, I encourage you to click the report abuse link. I doubt that Jerry has the fortitude to make a real apology.

  • Bartholomew The Robomeister

    Sure, god doesn’t change. It’s pretty hard to change when you don’t even exist.

    But no thanks for shilling your blog here, desperate dave. It’s a really weak one.

  • Sputter

    Many Christian denominations are struggling with defining the proper of role of women, bound as they feel themselves to be by an ancient and long discredited Pauline idea of what constitutes woman’s proper sphere in the Church. Ms. Kelly raises the issue of the ordination of women. She is starting in the wrong place. Change begins with education. The Mormon religious syllabus is comprised of a highly selective reading of scripture that ignores or de-emphasizes the stories of powerful female religious figures such as Miriam, Deborah, Yael, Ruth, Naomi, Esther, Judith, Martha, and the many Marys. It becomes increasingly difficult to maintain orthodox patriarchy when faced with the leadership of Deborah and the actions of Yael in Judges, Miriam in Exodus, the choice of Jesus to first reveal his resurrection to a woman who, unlike all but one of his male disciples, had the courage to follow him to the cross. Theology changes as scriptural perspective supports it.

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  • Anonymous

    Imagine for one moment, whether you believe it or not, that there exists a deity, a being of ultimate power and knowledge who has a plan and purpose for all things. Can you bind a being of that nature into the confines of social constructs? Can you judge a God by philosophy? You cannot. If there is a God out there, and I can tell you that there is, then if you say that you know better than that Deity, or if you say that God must change with the times, then I can promise you that only sadness will be the product. God Is, has been, and will be forever, and all that time he is the same. I pray you, do not have the audacity to challenge a God. You may joke at this post, laugh, or dismiss it; you may even live your life out and never feel fear, but when all is done, we shall see who is right. I pray that everyone finds peace on this earth, so that after they can say that at some time they felt justified.

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