Kate Kelly plans to appeal excommunication decision

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The founder of a feminist movement within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to appeal her excommunication.

Kate Kelly was asked to appear in front of a disciplinary council because of her involvement with a group called Ordain Women.

She received the council's decision of excommunication Monday.

Kelly founded Ordain Women in March 2013 as a way to strive for women equality within the LDS Church. Since then she has sought conversations with her church leaders regarding the possibility of women being ordained as priests.

Kelly has 30 days to appeal the excommunication. She said she plans to continue her work in pushing for women to receive the priesthood.

Since Kelly’s excommunication a group called “Strangers in Zion” has formed.

The group released the following statement in response to the disciplinary council’s decision:

The recent wave of church discipline facing prominent Mormons who have advocated for change within the LDS Church has caused many members to who hold similar views and beliefs to request their own disciplinary councils.

The members being disciplined include Kate Kelly, the founder of the Ordain Women movement, John Dehlin, a prolific writer, researcher, podcaster, and leader in the online LDS community and Alan “Rock” Waterman a prominent blogger at The Pure Mormonism blog.

In response they are organizing a grass roots movement called “Strangers In Zion,” and are calling upon thousands of Church members to send in requests to their local Church leaders for disciplinary councils. This movement has been widely distributed within the online Mormon community, and its website has received 8,000 page views within twelve hours of its launching. Strangers In Zion offers letter templates, community, and the opportunity to sign up at its website http://www.strangersinzion.org.

34 comments

  • Bob

    The time for Kate Kelly to truly show interest would have been when she was invited to attend her disciplinary council, and yes, she had the money and means to go there.
    As the saying goes: “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain”.

  • mlfurm

    Oh no… Not actively trying to destroy or attack the Church at all. RME… Classic kicking against the pricks. Why do the news reports keep calling these individuals “Prominent Church Members”? Most members of the LDS Church had never even heard of them before this.

  • Ellie

    Who is organizing the “strangers in Zion” movement? Do you guys have anything to back up the fact that they (Kelly, Waterman, and Dehlin) are organizing this? It’s a little off, to post their (SIZ) website, then criticize Kelly for the number of “hits” it receives.

    • Strangers In Zion

      The line you are referring to in the press release is a typo. We’ve asked Fox13 to fix it. Strangers in Zion is in no way affiliated with Kate Kelly, John Dehlin, or Rock Waterman.

  • Ruth

    Women do priesthood actions in the temple. God listens to everyones’ prayers regardless of gender. The Ordain Women movement is consistent with Mormon doctrine. Kate Kelly is using education, talents and bravery. She’s a hero!

    • Ray

      I agree that she is very brave and she is using a logical approach to make her claim. I think she is trying to make the church a safe place for women. IMO it’s not right now.

  • Richard

    Love MLFURM’s comment. Kate Kelly is kicking back, all right. She’s kicking back against the church leaders who wrongly excommunicated her. So according to you, MLFURM, she’s kicking against the….

    Oh…I see. I think you’re right.

    • Ann

      Wrongfully excommunicated implies she was innocent of the accusations. Which, she wasn’t unfortunately.

      We have her own actions, displayed for everyone to see (which was her own doing). We all saw her apostate actions.

      Are you really so delusional you actually believe the lies, or are you that duplicitous?

    • Ray

      Bare shoulders are a symbolic move. Understanding why will open your eyes to her heartfelt motivations.

      • Melissa

        Why would you need to make a symbolic “move,” if you will, if this was about doing what God wants? If this truly was about God’s will and finding out what God wants for His children, there would not be politics involved. There would be no cameras, no newspapers, no NEWS. It would be a conversation she’d be having with GOD. If she’d had the conversation with Him, no one would even know anything about this. I feel sorry for her. No one should feel belittled or like they are less than anyone else. But I also believe that you are what you make of yourself. Its God’s church. In His eyes, we are all equal.

      • Ann

        Symbolic in the fact that it was a calculated move to mock the leaders. Or didn’t you pick up on that?

  • Fred

    Didn’t take too long for the first Mormon to pop in here with a catty comment about funny underwear.

    • Ann

      Didn’t take too long for someone who doesn’t understand the sacredness of our garments, to pop in with a snarky comment about them.

  • RHJ

    Why not start her own Church and call it the Church of “What’s Happening” women and Priesthood, hey what a idea…

  • Trevor

    One of the questions for the priesthood is that she must sustain the prophet as the true prophet of god. She obviously wouldn’t be able to have the priesthood anyways…… She was not wrongly excommunicated….. If she wants to start a woman’s chuch go ahead but she can not expect to be given power in a church she clearly doesn’t believe in…. Get lost Kelly!

    • Suzanne

      What? Sustain the prophet as a true prophet of God? What prophet would that be? All the self-appointed prophets of the Mormon Church? What a joke! She should celebrate being excommunicated from such a sexist, oppressive organization.

      • Bob

        That’s what God fearing people said about Jesus …. while they were hanging Him on a cross. People like Suzanne said the same thing in their day about all the prophets in the Old Testiment.

      • billy

        My favorite part of what she said is “self-appointed”. You don’t have to believe they’re real prophets, but claiming they are self-appointed really won’t help your case.

  • JJA

    Couldn’t agree with Trevor more, if she sustained the Prophet as a true prophet of god, she may not have this issue questioning the doctrine of the priesthood. The question that many of us have in regards to her true testimony of the church she claims to be such a part of her life, really is between her and God, no one else. This appears to be a symptom of a deeper theological issue that she has with the LDS faith, but that’s up to her.

    Also it is important to note her profession as an international humanitarian attorney, can you say ACLU…….. I always have a problem with people that feel that they can legislate fairness. I always have a bigger problem with people who feel that they can legislate fairness to God. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE GOD TO CHANGE HIS DOCTRINE

  • Pedro

    The LDS population in Utah is unlike any other in the world. It is a very close-minded, cultural, and ignorant. It feels like a social club and not a religion. Very close minded group of people. Of course this is a general opinion. Not all Utah LDS fall into this category.

  • Bob

    To the contrary PEDRO. On average they are well educated, many are bilingual, have fewer babies out of wedlock, and fewer of them are on public welfare.
    I think you are confusing them with the good folks in Detroit.

  • Jess

    This whole Ordain Women campaign is driving contention into the church. Women aren’t meant to receive the priesthood. If you look back in church history when the church got restored, only men restored the keys to the priesthood. Not women. Women have a greater gift that men cannot recieve. Bearing children. That’s one of the greatest blessings Heavenly Father has put on the earth today. I wish they didn’t oversee that gift.

  • Marcelo Almeida (Brazil sends best regards)

    I am really suprised the LDS church leaders took so long time before discipline council. I imagine how many contacts, emails, invites, conversations and advises came to her before that happens.

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