Mormon women’s group shifts strategy

A unidentified man walks pass Kate Kelly, right, after a group of about 200 feminist women were denied entrance to an all-male meeting of Mormon priesthood holders during the evening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Ordain Women group marched from a nearby park to a standby line at outside the meeting Saturday evening to highlight what they perceive as gender inequality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokeswoman Ruth Todd greeted them and told them they would not be allowed in. The group had previously been denied their request for tickets. The all-male meeting is being broadcast live around the world for the first time ever. Kate Kelly, the group's founder, said that's a good first step but not enough. She said men and women are not equal in the church. In a statement, church officials said millions of women do not share the views of this small group and find their efforts divisive. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon women’s group pushing for gender equality is shifting from public demonstrations to small discussion groups.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Ordain Women is aiming to find new supporters among the 15 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The group has created six discussion topics that highlight gender disparity in the faith.

The group formed last year to advocate for women’s inclusion in higher-level positions, including the lay clergy.

Group members marched into Temple Square at the last two Mormon general conferences, asking to be allowed into an all-male priesthood meeting. They were turned away both times.

They don’t plan to demonstrate at the fall conference.

Church leaders have said the group’s ‘divisive actions’ are not the behavior expected from Mormons.

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