Being Bold and Agitating Faithfully

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This post contains more information about the “Keys” public art installation that is part of the October 2015 Ordain Women Art Action.  Also, additional information about the action can be found in the episode 139 of the fMh podcast. http://feministmormonhousewivespodcast.org/episode-139-ordain-womens-october-2015-action/

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Ordain Women is returning to Temple Square/City Creek Park. Reflecting this year’s Ordain Women theme, “Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future,” Saturday’s action will take the form of a public art project and an on-going art installation.

Immediately after the Saturday afternoon session of conference, a number of Ordain Women supporters will create “living picture” scenes of events in LDS history in locations around Temple Square. The scenes will mark the opening of the newly-renovated LDS Church History Museum by depicting some of the diverse ways Mormon women historically have practiced their faith, including instances when women acted with institutionally-sanctioned authority presently associated with priesthood office.

Following the historical presentations, Ordain Women supporters, including those featured in the depictions, will proceed to City Creek Park, where the “Keys” public art installation will be inaugurated. The “keys of the priesthood,” presently given only to men in the Church, carry with them significant ecclesiastical and administrative authority. One by one, all participants will attach keys—symbolic of the desire for women to have full access to ordination and decision-making authority in the LDS Church—to a gated structure designed by artist Ginny Huo. The “Keys” public art installation will also be featured as part of the women in religion initiative at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, 15-19 October 2015. As keys continue to be added, it will remain a permanent monument in Utah to the movement for women’s equality in religion.

Ordain Women invites all who support gender equality to become part of the “Keys” art action. You can participate in a few ways—in person or by proxy::

  • Join Ordain Women in Salt Lake City at City Creek Park on Saturday, October 3. Participants should bring a key (or extra keys, if you have them) and arrive no later than 3:30 pm for a brief prayer service and action instructions. Make sure you RSVP on the Ordain Women Facebook event page.
  • If you are unable to attend in person, you can participate by proxy. A key will be added on your behalf to the “Keys” public art installation during the inaugural ceremony. Let Ordain Women know if you would like your initials or your first name written on the key. Ordain Women hopes to add hundreds of keys, so please submit your proxy key request by following the link and using this form.

Ordain Women describes the context for this action in these terms:

When Pope Francis visited Brazil a few years ago, he told millions of Catholics, “Quiero lío,” loosely translated, “I want to shake things up.” In Mormonism, former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, when asked by a reporter if the policy excluding women from priesthood ordination could be changed, said, “Yes. But there’s no agitation for that.” Though not exactly what either church leader anticipated, we at Ordain Women are faithfully agitating for gender equality in response to President Hinckley’s challenge, just as our Roman Catholic sisters at the Women’s Ordination Conference are shaking things up in response to Pope Francis’s call, “Quiero lío.”

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