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Forget priesthood — some Mormon feminists seek a middle way

First Published Aug 25 2014 01:01AM      Last Updated Aug 26 2014 11:16 am

Neylan McBaine, founder of the Mormon Women Project Credit: Scott Lunt


How to enhance LDS female roles short of ordination

Establish parity in budgets and fun activities between Cub Scouts and girls’ Activity Days.

Honor girls in front of the congregation at key ages, just as boys are.

Send girls out visiting teaching with women.

Assign a woman to coordinate sacrament meetings.

Involve women in baby blessings led by the all-male priesthood.

Address all female auxiliary leaders as “president,” just as Mormons do male leaders

Call young women to be permanent Sunday greeters.

Have young women hold the microphones at testimony meetings.

Allow members to have a woman sit in a worthiness interview with the male priesthood leader.

Quote female sources in sermons, Relief Society and Sunday school lessons.

Name women as coordinators to connect full-time missionaries with service opportunities.

Book excerpts

“It feels like there has been a heightened pitch and urgency to the dialogue around gender that has been bubbling since our church’s earliest days. The major shift is that the Internet is no longer used just to discuss ideas and experiences; it has become a tool for crowd-sourced action.”

“Some of us are thinking about what it means to be a Mormon woman for the very first time, either in a process of self-reflection or by putting ourselves in a Mormon woman’s shoes. Our history — in the past, yes, but also as it unfolds in real time before our eyes — challenges us to engage in the conversation and remain tethered to each other through our dedication to our heavenly family.”

Source: “Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact” by Neylan McBaine





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