Rebekah kindly volunteered to be featured as this weeks Sunday Spotlight. She opens up and gives us more insight into who she is and why she supports the ordination of women.
1. What gives you hope for the future?
I think the mere existence of groups who say publicly that women should be ordained is really promising. It’s now a legitimate issue that members have to grapple with.
3. Tell us more about your connection to Mormonism?
I’d say I was born to goodly parents, but I would imagine someone else has already made that joke. 🙂 I was born into a strong church family with pioneer stock, and the church is an integral part of my family and my upbringing. Mormonism was one of the biggest ways we defined ourselves.
4. What was your favorite calling?
I love being a Primary teacher–I’ve done it three times now. I also enjoyed being the ward choir director, though it was terrifying for me.
6. What are some examples of gender inequality you see in the church?
How could I not see inequality? Women just don’t have the priesthood, and that means that women don’t have nearly the same amount of voice, power, or presence in the church. This isn’t up for dispute–it just is, and you either come to terms with it or you don’t.
7. Wow did you discover Ordain Women?
I discovered OW on the Feminist Mormon Housewives Facebook group. In other words, I was already indoctrinated into feminism, and OW was an outgrowth of that.
8. What prompted you to put up your profile?
I put up my profile because it felt like the right thing to do. It was being debated all over the internet, and staying silent felt cowardly. This was also a time when I was wondering if there was a place for me at church the way I was or if I should just leave. Posting a profile and putting it on my Facebook page felt authentic, and that week I felt very strongly that God expected me to both stay in the church and to be myself. I was through with going along with what I was supposed to believe–it was time I acted on what I actually believe.
10. Have your feelings grown or changed since submitting your profile?
Not really. The only change is that as time goes by I get more confident and less defensive about it.
Not really. I’d like to think that I’m a living testimony: I am both an active member of the church and a feminist! It can be done! We do exist! However, trying to be that person can also put a lot of pressure on me. Sometimes I do want to just take a break, but I worry that I’ll then be held up as proof that feminism ruins your testimony. It’s a stupid worry, but it’s true.
12. How do you see the perception of OW changing with ward members/family/friends?
I think it’s still very much a minority group, but thankfully people have calmed down about it. It’s not as charged as it was a year ago. I think people have accepted that we’re not going anywhere, and while they may not like us, they’re learning to tolerate us.