Gina Colvin is about to be excommunicated, which she says is a "barbaric" practice that reveals the immaturity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Several recent Mormon excommunications prompt the question: what good do they serve the religious community? New survey data suggests they may chill the enthusiasm of the folks in the pews.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The last leader to be excommunicated was the late George P. Lee in 1989 after Lee, an American Indian, called Mormon leaders racist.
A Mormon "seventy" has been quietly removed from office and excommunicated from the Church. Would it be healthier if this were out in the open?
"I worry that when we proclaim ourselves the only righteous humans, we plant the seeds of pride," writes guest blogger Mitch Mayne. Responding to Elder Oaks's question, "Who is on the Lord's side?" Mayne affirms: "A lot of us."
"If we are going to do something as drastic as cut off fellowship, we had better have a darn good reason for it," Mormon blogger Katie Langston wrote yesterday. "And someone pointing out the problems in our community is not that reason."
Instead of pointing fingers at my church for telling someone whose work has been important in my life that they are no longer considered part of the fold, I am forced to point that finger at myself.
My heart goes out to John, Margi, and their children. I know that in the last weeks people on all sides have made accusations and counter-accusations, not always with the most charitable voices. I am not at all surprised by the Church's decision, and I'm sure John isn't either. But it's a loss nevertheless.
It's unclear what the excommunication of Mormon Stories founder John Dehlin will accomplish for the LDS Church as an institution.
"Inactive people like me don’t need cookies and a half-hearted note," says guest blogger Alexandra Michelle Rucinski. "We don’t need letters telling us the light is missing from our lives. We need you Mormons to do the thing you sang about in Primary. We need you to try to be like Jesus."
There’s a lot Bob Rees didn’t know when he was first called to be a Mormon bishop. But he did know one thing: he was not going to excommunicate anyone.