Two Mormon activists say they are facing church discipline
To end the probation, Wheatley said Kelly would, among other things, need to take down the Ordain Women website and disassociate herself from the group.
On May 15, 10 days after that meeting, a video featuring Kelly fronted the launch of Ordain Women's latest project — a series of six discussions about priesthood in the LDS Church and the ordination of women. In the video, Kelly encourages viewers to meet with others and share the discussions with them.
On Sunday, Kelly said Bishop Mark M. Harrison of the Vienna Ward in Virginia sent her an email telling her the ward's bishopric — Harrison and his two counselors — would hold a disciplinary council June 22.
Kelly said she cannot return to Virginia for the council. Kelly left the area around May 10 and moved to Provo, Utah, while she and her husband wait for research visas for him to study in Kenya. She questioned Wednesday why the hearing is being held after she moved away, but she will submit written records for consideration in the hearing.
"I think the charge of apostasy is wholly unfounded," she said. "I've never said anything against the leaders of the church. I've never said anything negative about any of the Lord's anointed. I've never taught any doctrines, let alone false doctrines. The only sins I'm guilty of is telling the truth and living authentically and having sincere questions. If those are apostasy, I'm guilty, but I don't view those to be apostate acts."
Ordain Women announced two planned actions in support of Kelly, including a reverent vigil at the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on June 22 during the same hour her disciplinary council is being held in Virginia.
Ordain Women also plans to deliver to Bishop Harrison and to the Church Office Building letters from supporters posted at http://bit.ly/owhelpyou.
Dehlin runs a website called Mormon Stories. He said local church leaders have had multiple hearings with him but that he has been cleared each time. Last year after a full year of weekly meetings with his stake president, he said he was found worthy to exercise his priesthood and baptize his son.
Since then, his ward in Logan got a new bishop and stake president, and he has updated his online bio.
"I consider myself to be an unorthodox, unorthoprax Mormon," he wrote, in part. "I believe in many of the central, non-distinctive moral teachings within Mormonism ... but either have serious doubts about, or no longer believe many of the fundamental LDS church truth claims..."
"I will not be resigning my membership," Dehlin said. "I love the church too much to resign from it. My biggest hope is that this goes away."
He hoped too that regardless of what happens, church members treat his wife and children with love and respect.
Dehlin said he believes Mormon Stories and other websites he created have kept thousands of people in the church: "I believe that our inability to discuss openly difficult issues in the church is our biggest issue in the church," he said.
The statement released by the church Wednesday evening addressed the idea that some members have questions:
"The church is a family made up of millions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and opinions. There is room for questions and we welcome sincere conversations. We hope those seeking answers will find them and happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ."
For the past six months, the church has been addressing some of its history and doctrine in detailed essays in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org.
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