Mormon woman awaits decision on excommunication

Published 10:17 am Monday, June 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — The founder of a prominent Mormon women’s group could find out Monday if she will be excommunicated from her church.

Kate Kelly’s former church leaders met in Virginia Sunday in a disciplinary hearing, but no decision was announced.

Kelly did not attend the hearing in her former congregation. Instead, she sent a letter she wrote and about 1,000 letters from supporters.

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She also attended a vigil in Salt Lake City attended by about 200 supporters.

The bishop of her former congregation emailed Kelly to tell her he and other leaders considered her status and reviewed her response, spokeswoman Laurie Turner said in a statement. It says the bishop wants to weigh the decision, and he will notify her likely Monday.

Whatever the outcome, Kelly said she will always be Mormon.

“I don’t feel like Mormonism is something that washes off,” she said. “That identity is not something that they can take from me.”

She was shocked to find out earlier this month from her bishop that she is facing excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she is a lifelong member. The leader of Ordain Women is accused of apostasy, defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings.

Similar vigils were held in 17 countries, according to Ordain Women.