On 5 October, a group of women (and some male supporters) will, either through tickets granted by LDS leaders (they have petitioned leaders for them) or via the stand-by line, attempt to gain entrance to the priesthood session of general conference. Spearheaded by the group Ordain Women, the announcement of these plans has set LDS blogs afire, reinvigorating a several-decades-long and very important but complex discussion of pathways to full equality of men and women within Mormonism, including the possibility of women being ordained to the priesthood.
In this episode of Mormon Matters, two members of Ordain Women—April Young Bennett and Danielle Mooney—join Dialogue editor Kristine Haglund and Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon for a discussion of Ordain Women, its origins, activities, philosophies, and its plans for the priesthood meeting admission attempt. The conversation then opens into the wider questions about the objections that are being raised to this plan—its strategic gamble, whether the LDS membership is yet ready for a seismic shift such as would follow an announcement opening the door to women’s ordination, and if this is an effective way for the best ideas about why ordination is essential for equality to be heard and prayerfully considered by the Church’s governing leadership. Wherever one stands on the issue of women’s ordination, this is an extremely interesting and vital topic. The future character of Mormonism is very much at stake.
We hope you will listen to this terrific discussion and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below!
Ten Common Arguments Against Women’s Ordination in the LDS Church (video slideshow produced by FMH)
The Challenge of Honesty: Essays for Latter-day Saints by Frances Lee Menlove, editor, Dan Wotherspoon (mentioned in the podcast)