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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Some Mormon women in the U.S. and abroad have embraced a careful approach short of ordination.


  1. Unfortunately I somehow doubt even these significant but theologically compatible changes will be met by outrage by certain people in the Mormon church and the larger outside American society who generally see any attempts to improve religion as a threat on our “freedoms.”

  2. The ideas presented here would bring about positive change, not radical restructuring of the organization. I feel much more comfortable with these ideas. Nicely written Peggy.

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    […] 1.) Peggy Fletcher Stack for Religion News Service talked with Neylan McBaine, a brand strategist at LDS Church-owned Bonneville Communications in Salt Lake City, who has also entered the arena discussing the role of women and the church, but advocates for a more moderate path. In a new book by Kofford Books titled “Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact,” McBaine makes some of the following suggestions: “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, involve women in baby blessings led by the all-male priesthood, quote female sources in sermons, Relief Society and Sunday school lessons.” But McBaine isn’t the only one discussing alternative paths to women and the church, as Helen Claire Sievers, an executive director for WorldTeach and prominent Mormon figure, stated “We are bubbling over with talent in the church, people who are retired or who have extra time, who could advise on committees to develop targeted materials that would greatly improve the quality of life of members everywhere…We could also craft and sponsor programs that would improve skills of men and women, especially in middle- and low-income countries, and make them more employable in targeted ways (see what the job opportunities are in the region, and then train the people to have the needed skills)…Forget the priesthood…Let us work on something substantive, like we used to … and work with the men, too.” […]

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