Let me begin with a mea culpa. It was my turn to do the round-up this week and I completely forgot about it till I was sitting in Au Bon Pain after church, eating a lemon cupcake and wondering if the baby was going to fall asleep so I could do some work. (She’s still awake right now, but I have my fingers crossed that she’ll fall asleep soon or that her father will magically return and relieve me of my childcare duties.)
Four hours later – The baby finally fell asleep in the backseat of the car. Without further ado, here are the links for this week:
The last couple of weeks have been quite the weeks for Mormon feminists. Ordain Women announced that they would seek admission to Priesthood Session at the upcoming General Conference meeting on April 5th. The LDS Church then asked them not to in a press release that many Mormon feminists have seen as patronizing and dismissive.* Ordain Women asked its supporters to wear purple to the general women’s meeting this week.
In slightly less contentious news, the Mormon tabernacle choir will participate in Disney’s celebration of the “It’s a Small World” (After All). NPR has also recognized the importance of Mormonism this week, using its tithing system as a way to explore what individuals think should count as income and what should not. The Silver Fox addressed a church history conference on the international history of Mormonism, exciting the hearts of Danes, Brits, and Chileans across the world. Margaret Blair Young published an essay about her play “I Am Jane” in the ever-liberal Christian Century. Those of you need funding to check out archives in New York should click on the following funding link, and, finally, scientists are beginning to explore why the “Mormon” swallowtail butterfly has multiple wives.
Whew! Round-up done, and baby still asleep.
*I should note that there have been some men and women who self-identify as feminists and supporters of women’s rights within the church who have seen the letter as reasonable and sympathetic.