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Ordain Women to wear purple to Mormon women’s meeting

First Published      Last Updated Mar 21 2014 08:51 pm

Many critics of the LDS Ordain Women movement presume that its members are interested only in participating in activities such as the all-male priesthood session of the faith's semiannual General Conference or that they are not involved in their religion.

Not so, organizers say.

To show their commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its women's organizations, Ordain Women is asking supporters to attend the general women's meeting on Saturday, March 29, in downtown Salt Lake City's Conference Center and other Mormon meetinghouses around the world — dressed in purple.

"By wearing purple, we want to show that we both love and support the church in its recent initiatives to make women more visible within our faith community," the group said on its website, "and hope for a continued discussion about gender equality, including women's ordination."

The group applauds the move to hold a general women's meeting, which is to include females age 8 and over, rather than one meeting for adult women and one for young women.

"The church has also made other changes to give women more voice and visibility, including an emphasis on collaborative, gender-inclusive councils, greater encouragement for women to serve missions," the website says, "and the opportunity for women to both pray and speak in General Conference."

Organizers maintain that most Ordain Women supporters "are active, engaged members of the church and we appreciate these initiatives."

They "pray [that] leaders will continue to respond thoughtfully and positively ," the website says, "to all those who share their belief in the possibility of a more equitable religious community."

Peggy Fletcher Stack