How do we respect someone's religious beliefs, while also holding religion accountable for the damage those beliefs may cause? Chelsea Shields has a bold answer to this question. She was raised in the orthodox Mormon tradition, and she spent the early part of her life watching women be excluded from positions of importance within the LDS Church. Now, this anthropologist, activist and TED Fellow is working to reform her church's institutionalized gender inequality. "Religions can liberate or subjugate, they can empower or exploit, they can comfort or destroy," she says. "What is taught on the Sabbath leaks into our politics, our health policy, violence around the world."
February 26, 2018 Subject:
WOMEN ARE JUST AS CRITICAL AS MEN
Women don't need the priesthood because they already rock. Women don't need callings in priesthood leadership because they don't need the maturing effect that these callings have; women are already boss. This is why women are not required to go on missions. Callings are given as opportunities to grow and mature, not as positions of superiority. Women already serve in vital church leadership already, such as Relief Society, Young Women's, Primary, etc.