153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Mormon Youth Suicide: A Discussion

In the last week the LDS community has been devastated by the suicides of several LGBT youth.  Because of the closeness of many in our community to the grieving families there has been an outpouring of anger, frustration and powerlessness at…

152: Josh Brazier: Missions, ‘American Saviors’, Serving and Becoming Teachable

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Josh Brazier is the executive director of the Kaiizen Foundation which is a non-profit organization that arranges volunteer groups of young people to travel to orphanages around the world where they undertake building, cleaning up, renovation, friendship and relationship projects in South…

151: Thomas McConkie: A Compassionate Response

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In October 2015 I interviewed Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, author of Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis – A Simple Developmental Map.   It was a memorable conversation characterized by its intimacy and its mutual vulnerability.   This interview kicked off a conversation partnership that has…

150: Suzette Smith: A Personal Story of the Exponent II Magazine

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Suzette Smith is a single, cancer-surviving Mormon feminist who maintains a strong faith in the LDS church while at the same time wishing for change, particularly for women. Her singular story points to the importance of seeing beyond binaries, the…

149: Greg Olsen: Painting Jesus

Greg Olsen has been a prolific artist producing some of Mormonism’s most iconic paintings.  He joins me to discuss his work and  what it means to visually represent our most deeply held spiritual yearnings, and our shared imagination of the…

148: Brad Levin: Religious Freedom and Belief at BYU

A discussion with Brad Levin, a founder of Free BYU, about the issues arising when BYU students change their spiritual and religious beliefs. From Free BYU’s page: “Under BYU’s existing policies, LDS students who change their personal beliefs about God are expelled from school, evicted from…

145-147: Lynn Packer: Paul H. Dunn “Lying for the Lord”

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Lynn Packer, nephew of Boyd K.  was an investigative journalist who looked closely into the claims of Paul H. Dunn and discovered there to be startling concerns, not just with his storytelling but also his financial activities.  In this three…

144: Emily Jensen & Tracy McKay-Lamb: Has Zion Fled?

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Jensen and McKay have edited a collection of essays from contemporary US Mormons about the idea of Zion.  Though the idea of Zion has been reconceptualized over time from  being understood as an ideal community, to a place of refuge for…

143: Tariq Khan: Politics and Oppression

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At the April 2016 conference Elder Patrick Kearon petitioned Mormons worldwide: “Each one of us can increase our awareness of world events that drive these families from their homes. We must take a stand against intolerance and advocate respect and…