Today the First Presidency issued a statement that the General Women’s meeting will henceforth be a session of Conference. We are pleased by continuous positive change and hope for greater changes to come.
Watch the video here, which aired on June 13, 2014. ABC interviews Kate Kelly and John Dehlin on their recent Church Disciplinary summons and threat of excommunication for faithful activism.
On June 12, Buzzfeed reported on Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly and Ordain Women supporter John Dehlin’s threats of excommunication and what this means for Church Public Affairs in their feature, “The Mormon Moment is Finally (Really) Over.”
Read the full article here.
Kate Kelly, a founder of Ordain Women, is interviewed and featured in the New York Times this week for hearing from local Church leaders that she is summoned for a disciplinary council. John Dehlin, a psychologist and founder of Mormon Stories, who is also a supporter of Ordain Women, has also been summoned. Read John’s profile here.
Lauri Goodstein, co-author of the March New York Times article highlighting Ordain Women, reported on June 11:
“I’m just really, really, really heartbroken,” Ms. Kelly said.
She said she told the stake president and bishop, “What you’re asking me to do is to live inauthentically, and that’s not something I’m willing to do.”
Read the full article here.
Natalie Dicou reports on Ordain Women’s April 5th action in a full feature article in The Atlantic: “They didn’t carry placards or chant slogans. Instead, these polite Mormon women, wearing their Sunday Best pantyhose, formed a line, and one by one, summoned the courage to ask for admittance. Each woman was rejected in turn.”
Read the full article, “What Mormon Women Want,” here.
The Washington Post covers Ordain Women’s April 5th action in a full in-depth story: “Church Denies Several Hundred Women Entry to the Priesthood Session at Its General Conference.” William Harless interviews Kate Kelly and Joanna Brooks. Read the full article here.
“Only opening the priesthood to women can address the gender imbalance in the church, contends Kate Kelly, a human rights attorney in Washington who founded the Ordain Women movement. ‘Not only do Mormons believe the priesthood is the power of God, and can perform and officiate in miracles, but it’s also completely intertwined with the governance structure of the church,’ she said. ‘There is no amount of incremental change, and no amount of additional concessions that the church can make to extend an olive branch to women without changing that fundamental inequality.’
When Dr. Money was told she could not hold her daughter, Rosie, at the church baby-naming ceremony, she held it in her home instead, and then signed up with Ms. Kelly’s group. Next month, when advocates of female ordination hold their latest protest, asking for admittance to male-only meetings at the church’s semiannual General Conference, Dr. Money will join them, with Rosie in her arms.”
10/5/2013: Laurie Goodstein reports on a General Conference talk acknowledging past mistakes and discusses Ordain Women’s action on October 5th of seeking entrance to the Priesthood Session here.
10/9/2013: Justin Higginbottom reports on Ordain Women seeking entrance into the Priesthood Session of General Conference on October 5th.
10/5/2013: Reports on General Conference and Ordain Women’s action of seeking entrance to the Priesthood Session of General Conference.
10/4/2013: Brady McCombs covers issues of gender inequality in the church and Ordain Women’s plan to seek entrance into the Priesthood Session of General Conference.
10/31/2014: Ordain Women in the Huffington Post, Germany.