Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Recently, I got called “Pastor” at work, and since I teach religious studies at the local community college, it makes perfect sense. Sadly, I had to correct my colleague and explain to him that women in my denomination cannot be ordained, but I thanked him for the...
No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

Imagine having to submit yourself to a form of Christian Patriarchy minus “the Priesthood,” and you have the beginnings of Vyckie Garrison’s story. “I am not really good at submission,” Garrison explained to the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics group at the Concord...
An Open Letter to the LDS Young Women’s General Presidency

An Open Letter to the LDS Young Women’s General Presidency

To Presidents Oscarson, McConkie, and Marriott of the General Young Women’s Presidency: Once a month, the Young Women join us at the beginning of Relief Society, as we all recite in unison the Young Women’s Theme; which begins, “We are daughters of our Heavenly...
Self Control

Self Control

The first time I was called to serve as a Bishop’s counselor, I had purple hair. It was a big hank, right in front that was actually violet but since the rest of my hair was so dark, you’d only notice it in bright light. I was going to art school in Seattle at the...