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Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact Paperback – August 28, 2014
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"A pivotal work replete with wisdom and insight. Neylan McBaine deftly outlines a workable programme for facilitating movement in the direction of the 'privileges and powers' promised the nascent Female Relief Society of Nauvoo." -- Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life
"With her keen insights, Neylan McBaine has emerged as a leading voice in a necessary conversation. Women at Church brings attention to gender issues while offering innovative solutions. A truly remarkable resource that belongs in every Latter-day Saint home!" -- Juliann Reynolds, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of FairMormon
"In her timely and brilliant findings, Neylan McBaine issues a gracious invitation to rethink our assumptions about women's public Church service. Well researched, authentic, and respectful of the current Church administrative structure, McBaine shares exciting and practical ideas that address diverse needs and involve all members in the meaningful work of the Church." -- Camille Fronk Olson, author of Women of the Old Testament and Women of the New Testament
"Considered, sensitive, important. Neylan's exceptional ability as a writer has provided us with an in-depth look at issues which will surely open positive avenues for dialogue." -- Beverly Campbell, author of Eve and the Choice Made in Eden
About the Author
- Publisher : Greg Kofford Books, Incorporated (August 28, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1589586883
- ISBN-13 : 978-1589586888
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.54 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #460,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She quickly transitions, however, into a practical, constructive discussion of what individual members – women and men – can do at the local level to improve this. She gives concrete examples of how wards and stakes have involved women more actively in the blessing of babies, in the preparation of the sacrament, in ward leadership, in visual representation (e.g., pictures of the stake relief society leaders alongside those of the male stake presidency), in quoting women as theological leaders, and in worthiness interviews. She often includes first-person accounts from the women who have proposed these initiatives and the men who have responded supportively, sometimes with initial hesitation. All of these initiatives are within the bounds set by the Church’s handbook, but they upend traditions and point to the creation of a new Church culture that more fully realizes the potential of women. She discusses the best ways for troubled members to approach leaders with new ideas. (“Graciousness has no end of benefits”; then it gets more specific.) She walks us through the change process.
Many changes have taken place at the general Church level in the last few years (women praying in conference, younger sister missionaries, pictures of women auxiliary leaders in the conference Ensign), and I have no doubt that more are coming; I hope so. But many cultural changes can start with local shifts: This book shows us how. I continually felt edified and my faith strengthened as I read it.
She closes with a rousing invitation: “Through thick and thin, I’m sticking around. … I’m staying right here, to cultivate my bit of God’s kingdom so that both my sisters and brothers have fertile ground in which to grow. Are you with me?” Yes, I believe so.