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Founder of Mormon women's group says church is pushing to excommunicate her

The founder of a Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality says the church is trying to excommunicate her.

Kate Kelly says she received a letter this week from the bishop of her Virginia congregation informing her of a disciplinary hearing June 22.

In the letter, posted on her blog, the bishop says leaders are considering ousting her because of apostasy, defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings.

Kelly says she's shocked and devastated.

She's led demonstrations at the past two conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, objecting to women being barred from the all-male meeting.

Church leaders asked her group to stay off Temple Square in April, but she held the demonstration there anyway.

Church officials didn't immediately have comment.

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