155: Liz Johnson: The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project

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The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project is based at Claremont Graduate University and seeks to build an archive of ordinary Mormon women’s stories.  Claudia Bushman – the founder of the project states: “If we want to live forever in the…

154: The Church as a Cultural Misfit: The Scottish Case

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In this episode I am joined by G. Campbell McNaughton, Roy Hann and Nathan McCluskey.  Together we discuss American Mormon cultural imperialism and its effects on the Scottish church (with the occasional nod to the New Zealand situation). We originally gathered…

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…