Executive Board Announcement

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Working on the Ordain Women board is a privilege and challenge. I have been honored to work with amazing people. Some left way too early for my selfish liking, because I was not done learning from and getting to know them, but it was the right time for them. I am grateful for every person I have worked with and am sad to say goodbye, most recently, to Gina Colvin and Sean Carter. But the time commitment is real, the stress is real, and the personal sacrifice is all too real. I admire people for agreeing to serve; and I admire people even more for recognizing and acting when it is the right time to step aside. Ordain Women will continue to grow and evolve over time and to adjust to the needs of the organization. With that, we are looking forward to the future and are proud to announce the addition of three new Executive Board Members. Natasha Smith, Julia Murphy and Leah Marie Pickren Silverman.

 

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Natasha Smith works as a paralegal in Hawaii by day and advocates for religious equality by night. She has worked tirelessly on our Intersectionality Committee and is also a blogger at FEMWOC.com. Natasha is passionate and considerate and am honored she has decided to join our team. Take a minute to read her profile here.

 

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Julia Murphy is a behavioral health therapist and a baker as well as a strong feminist. She lives in Germany with her life partner and blogs at The Sugary Shrink. Julia will be taking over as our International Committee Chair and brings with her passion, perspective and much needed humor. You can read more of her amazing story here.

 

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Leah Marie Pickren Silverman studies Public Administration and is raising 3 boys in Virginia. She has been an invaluable member of the OW leadership team for over 2 years and we appreciate her perspective. She is a Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee and is passionate about making Mormonism better for everyone. Leah Marie’s profile can be read here.

Honoring our Past,
Envisioning our Future. 


Joanna Wallace, the author of this post, is on Ordain Women’s Executive Board as Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee.

 

Women in the LDS Church.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

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The recent essays on Heavenly Mother and Women and the Priesthood reveal a much more complicated and nuanced history for women and authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than has previously been offered by the Church. We are pleased to see our leaders engaging with these important topics, but recognize that there are still many unanswered questions. We look forward to future revelations regarding Heavenly Mother and the ordination of women.

We long for more information about our Heavenly Mother and greater gender inclusivity in our worship. She is a divine model we seek to emulate and we hope for a future reunion. While temple blessings promise future access to priesthood for women, we are concerned that barring women from ordination denies them full opportunity to prepare for future responsibilities.

Most importantly, the historical context of priesthood must inform but cannot limit present day conversations. We have seen the continual expansion of priesthood authority and access since the apostles of Jesus Christ began carrying His message forward. That expansion has brought about a great and marvelous work – the growth of the church and spread of the gospel. LDS concepts of priesthood and divinity were decades in development, with definitions, roles, practices, and cosmologies all evolving as the Saints practiced their faith and sought greater knowledge from God. Imagine what could happen were we to extend this power and authority to all women of the church. All we need to do is ask.

Honoring our Past,
Envisioning our Future.


The Keys to Equality.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Actions, Blog, News | 0 comments

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Join us today at 12:30 MST at the Parliament of World Religions. A panel of two Ordain Women Board members, Lorie Winder Stromberg and Mark Barnes, and the Artist who designed the sculpture, Ginny Huo, will discuss the design and symbolism behind the this interactive sculpture. The panel will also discuss Ordain Women more generally, and answer any questions. The panel presentation will be located near the registration area. Enter through the south doors of the Salt Palace, which is located at 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Honoring our Past,
Envisioning our Future. 


John Dehlin Announcement

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

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Ordain Women is deeply disappointed in the decision to excommunicate our friend and supporter, John Dehlin, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have the utmost respect for John’s effort to create a space for church members with thoughtful questions and believe that his presence is a strength and help to our faith community. Debra Jenson, Ordain Women Executive Board Chair said, “We continue to be disconcerted by what appears to be an effort to silence members of the Mormon Church for asking questions and confronting difficult aspects of our faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother, John, his wife Margi and his children, as well as the thousands of Mormons around the world who will be heartbroken to hear this news.” We look forward to a day when all members can speak freely about questions and concerns and we will continue to work toward that end.

Honoring our past,
Envisioning our future.


Ordain Women on Good Morning America

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Ordain Women on Good Morning America

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.

 

 

Kate Kelly and Ordain Women in Buzzfeed

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Kate Kelly and Ordain Women in Buzzfeed

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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 and Ordain Women in the New York Times

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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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. 

Ordain Women in The Atlantic

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Ordain Women in The Atlantic

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.

 

Ordain Women in The Washington Post

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Ordain Women in The Washington Post

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.