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Race, Religion & Social Justice

Activists Plan to Attend General LDS Women's Meeting

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Both priesthood officials and leaders of women's auxiliaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at the first General Women's Meeting of the church, held in March 2014.

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold its second General Women’s Meeting tomorrow evening.  For those who support ordaining women to the L-D-S priesthood, the atmosphere has changed since last spring.

Since the first General Women’s meeting last March, the founder of Ordain Women, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Other leaders of the group have faced sanctions related to their activism, including release from church callings and loss of their temple recommends.

Debra Jenson, who’s a member of Ordain Women’s executive board, says members of the group still plan to attend and participate.

“I can tell you that for women and men who support ordination for women," Jenson told KUER, "it’s changed the way we will attend and listen because we are longing to hear messages of welcome and hope.”

Those who support ordaining women to the priesthood are once again being asked to wear purple to the Conference Center or to gatherings in local meetinghouses.

The General Women’s meeting replaced annual meetings of the Relief Society and Young Women’s organizations in the church.  This year, church leaders are asking mothers to bring girls as young as eight years old to attend and listen to sermons from both men and women at the session.

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