Link: This is a Woman’s Church
I’m a man, and I’m a feminist. I believe in gender equality. However, being a man, it’s sometimes a little difficult to speak to the nature and principles of the church that I believe support feminism. This talk by Sharon Eubank, who is the director of LDS Charities which is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says all the things I have never been able to formulate on the subject of equality. The church’s practices may not seem traditionally feminist from the outside, but the true equality borne of the core doctrines may be feminism at its best.
Should Mormon women be ordained? Or are they already priesthood holders?
According to Joanna Brooks, “Mormon theology on gender is incoherent.” It’s a well written and reasoned argument and a fascinating read.
For several weeks now, I have devoted my columns here to my own personal exploration of the question of women and priesthood ordination within the LDS Church. What set me to this project was the launch of OrdainWomen.org, a set of profiles published by Mormon men and women calling for ordination of LDS women to the priesthood.
Even though I have been a committed feminist for more than twenty years, I never felt the same kind of visceral connection to the priesthood ordination issue that I had so readily felt on other issues of fairness and equality. Seeing the faces of friends go public on-line in support of ordination at Ordainwomen.org made me wonder why.
Perhaps it was because I had not studied the issue carefully enough? Perhaps studying the LDS scriptures and doctrines that structured priesthood ordination would help me arrive at a better understanding of the matter, and…
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