Conference (WOC) is deeply saddened by yesterday's announcement that human
rights lawyer and founder of the Mormon organization Ordain Women, Kate Kelly,
was excommunicated by her church.
stands in solidarity with Kate, the members of Ordain Women, and all those who
bravely challenge sexism in religion. This excommunication affects us all.
followed her conscience and heart when she started Ordain Women, building a
groundswell of feminist voices within the Mormon Church. She created a safe
space for Mormons to speak freely about gender inequality in their religion and
to challenge the sexist traditions that exclude women from ordination simply
because of their biology.
an organization that works for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic
Church, we understand our sisters' pain and longing for dignity, equality and
justice in their faith community. We know from experience that the inappropriate
use of excommunication as a means to punish those who challenge sexism cannot
and will not stop the call for women's equality in our religious
when our religious leaders stop clinging to a culture of male
privilege and dialogue with women as equal partners, will they begin to model
Jesus' gospel message of justice. Communication, not excommunication, is long
closing, Kate, know your Catholic sisters are standing in solidarity beside
you. We are confident that despite this attempt to silence you, the movement
you started is unstoppable and on the right side of history. You are in our
constant prayers. And in words of the Carolyn McDade song we sang together at
our joint Equal in Faith gathering,
"it may be rocky and it may be rough, but sister, carry