‘Rhetorical’ Change In Mormon Church Is Big Win For Women

|
October 31, 2014 10:16 a.m.

The Mormon Church has decided to rename the General Women’s Meeting as the General Women’s Session of General Conference — something that signals a big change for women’s leadership in the church, the governing First Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Thursday.

That decision comes in response to confusion about what to call the meeting. It also is a sign that the church is interested into moving the input of women higher up in the structure of the church, Neylan McBaine, the author of Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact,” said to The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday.

“This rhetorical change is much more than just a word choice,” McBaine said. “It signals an appetite at the very highest levels of church leadership to fold women’s voices into the official structure more completely.”

McBaine added that “it also indicates our leadership’s willingness to adapt and expand practices where we can, which is a lesson we can adopt even more fully at our local levels.”

The website for the General Conference for the church now includes listings for sermons with the headline “General Women’s Session” but a list of talks from the spring on the website are still designated as the “General Women’s Meeting,” according to the Tribune.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30