Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) for apostasy. Mrs. Kelly says, “The decision to force me outside my congregation and community is exceptionally painful. Today is a tragic day for my family and me as we process the many ways this will impact us, both in this life and in the eternities. I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don’t leave. Stay, and make things better.”[pullquote]The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other Church members to your point of view[/pullquote]
Kelly’s bishop, Mark Harrison, on Sunday notified her that he would need to mull everything overnight following a disciplinary council on Sunday, June 22 at which Kelly was absent. Kelly had provided a written statement as well as what was described as a court brief containing the remarks of over 1000 supporters. For his part, Bishop Harrison said that:
The difficulty, Sister Kelly, is not that you say you have questions or even that you believe that women should receive the priesthood. The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other Church members to your point of view and that your course of action has threatened to erode the faith of others. You are entitled to your views, but you are not entitled to promote them and proselyte others to them while remaining in full fellowship in the Church. This is the basic point that President Wheatley has sought repeatedly to explain to you, but to no avail. You have also heard from President Lee and me on this. Your disregard of our advice and counsel left us no alternative but to convene last evening’s council.
Full text of Ordain Women’s release on the matter can be found here.
Download the letter from Kelly’s bishop here.