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.
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.