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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

The Excommunication Effect

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Members of Ordain Women seek entrance to the all-male priesthood session of the LDS general conference. April 5, 2014

Earlier this week, Mormon feminist Kate Kelly was excommunicated from the LDS Church. Leaders in her former Virginia ward said her ongoing effort to secure women's ordination to the all-male priesthood constituted "conduct contrary to the laws and order of the Church." Wednesday, we're asking what her excommunication means, not just for Kelly personally, but for all women and activists in the LDS Church. Kelly will join Doug. He'll also talk to Mormon commentator NeylanMcBaine and historian Amanda Hendrix-Komoto.

  • Learn more about Ordain Women, the group founded by Kate Kelly
  • Visit The Mormon Women Project. Neylan McBaine is founder and editor in chief. We should mention that professionally, McBaine is a creative director for the advertising agency Bonneville Communications, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is not, however, speaking on behalf of the Church. Her opinions are her own.
  • Read A History of Women's Excommunication co-authored by Amanda Hendrix-Komoto at Juvenile Instructor
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.