Jan 012013


Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact

DATES: January 16 (Fullerton) and January 17 (La Canada – Flintridge).

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

We are excited to have as our January 2015 Miller Eccles speaker, Neylan McBaine, whose recent book, Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact, has been a runaway bestseller. Professor Valerie Hudson (who spoke at Miller Eccles earlier this year) wrote: “Such a timely, faithful, and practical book! I suggest ordering this book in bulk to give to your bishopric, stake presidency, and all your local leadership to start a conversation on changing Church culture for women by letting our doctrine suggest creative local adaptations–Neylan McBaine shows the way!”

THE TOPIC: The last several years have offered fertile ground for conversations about women, the Church and how the two intersect. Offering a call for understanding and unity and a path for more local inclusion of women, Neylan McBaine takes a middle ground between insisting all is well and advocating priesthood for women. McBaine will discuss what this middle ground looks like in the Church today and why it is important that we focus our practices to see, hear and include women more fully in our administration and services.

There have been many favorable reviews of Neylan’s book. Here is one example: “In her timely and brilliant findings, Neylan McBaine issues a gracious invitation to rethink our assumptions about women’s public Church service. Well researched, authentic, and respectful of the current Church administrative structure, McBaine shares exciting and practical ideas that address diverse needs and involve all members in the meaningful work of the Church.” — Camille Fronk Olson, author of Women of the Old Testament and Women of the New Testament 

THE SPEAKER: Neylan McBaine is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Mormon Women Project, a continuously expanding digital library of interviews with LDS women from around the world. Founded in 2010, the MWP is a tax-exempt charitable organization that has published nearly 300 interviews with women in 22 countries. Utilizing dozens of volunteers, the site posts about one new interview a week; we suggest you check it out.

Neylan has also been published in Newsweek, The Washington Post, Patheos.com, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, among others. Neylan drew on hundreds of interviews with women and men and years of studying women’s issues in the Church to write Women at Church (Kofford Books, 2014.) Professionally, she is a brand strategist for Bonneville Communications.

Neylan is a life-long member of the Church, a native New Yorker, attended Yale University and is the mother of three literarily-named daughters.

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