Women, Priesthood, and the Church: From Early Christianity to Latter-day Saints

Recent scholarship on early Christianity has created new perceptions about women’s roles: did Jesus treat men and women as equals, and did women have leadership and priesthood roles in the early Christian community? What were women’s real roles in the early Christian movement, and how does that affect or prescribe the nature of a Christian community? Does this have implications for women’s place or roles in Christianity today? And what does it mean for Mormonism as the “restoration” of original Christianity? Panelists will explore the role of women in the original Christian church, and in the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Maxine M. Hanks, Leslie Hayes, Todd Compton, Doe Daughtrey