Saturday, April 24, 2010

Who presides over what?

Another one that comes from thoughts during general conference:

Mormons generally say that the father (when present, of course) needs to preside in the home. However, given the discussion of parental stewardships in the document generally but slightly improperly called the Proclamation on the Family, i wonder whether it’s actually the mother (when present) who should preside in childrearing decisions.

(Of course, Jeanne and i are evil, since we operate by consensus rather than by one or the other giving direction, but what else do you expect from pinko commie liberal hippie types like us?)


Heather the Mama Duk said...

Yes. The father presides over the household and certain things are delegated to other household members.

David B said...

Right—but is it delegation of the father’s authority, or is it an inherent right of the mother to preside over that aspect of family life?

Clean Cut said...

I really like the comment left on my Patriarchaic post. "I think it is really up to each couple to come up with what works for them. Ultimately, that is really what is egalitarian."

Away with this mindset that it HAS to be the husband/father who calls family prayer, fhe, or (fill in the blank). Let the marriage partners decide how best to use their own gifts.

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Inherent right. We, really, are in charge. We just let you think otherwise.

FWIW, if I waited for Jamie to call us together for family prayer, it would never happen. He just wouldn't think about it.