Category: Faith Transition

205: Joseph Smith the Occultish Bricoleur: Sheldon Kent

Lancaster University PhD student, Sheldon Kent discusses the esoteric and mystical influences abroad during the early days of Mormonism.   In particular, he discusses Emmanual Swedenborg and the impact that this 18th-century philosopher and church man had on Joseph Smith’s…

204: Civil Dialogue in Difficult Times: Rich Vial

Rich Vial is a Republican representative in the Oregan State Legislature.  He’s also a former Mormon bishop who went through a faith crisis during his tenure.  In this episode, we discuss how to go about having difficult conversations with those who…

204: Can you really be a Mormon woman?: Jenne Erigero Alderks

Jenne de Normandie Eregiro Alderks was a teen convert from Unitarian Universalism.  When she joined the LDS church her mother, knowing somewhat of the strict gender roles in Mormonism, asked her,  ‘Can you really be a Mormon woman?’   Jenne…

203: Still on the Pews: A Heart to Heart: Gina Colvin and Bill Reel

Gina Colvin and Bill Reel (host of the popular podcast Mormon Discussions)  get together for a chat about what it takes to still be engaged in the LDS Church when so many of their friends have left.   They discuss…

202: Stages of Faith, God and Church: What to do when things change: Pastor Alan Jamieson

Dr Alan Jamieson is the senior pastor at the South West Baptist Church in Christchurch, New Zealand.  He is an author of multiple books on faith development. He took an interest in why people leave the church as a young…

201: Ministering to Those In Faith Crisis: Bishop Matt Jones

  LDS Bishops are at the front line as Mormons facing their own questions, concerns and doubts seek their counsel.   Too often these local leaders surmise that the person expressing doubt must have done something wrong to get there.…

200: Online Unchurched Mormonism: Lindsay Hansen Park & Natasha Helfer-Parker

Mormons all over the world are gathering online in increasing numbers.   They do this to process their past, present and future relationships with the church.  It is online that they find people who understand their growing or changing faith…

199: Global Mormonism: Lindy Yamamoto and Robert Slaven – Sleeping Next to an Elephant (Canada)

Too often the unique cultural identity of Canadian Mormonism gets lost in the noise of their neighbours to the South.  In 1977 Canadian author Margaret Atwood, said of the United States: “About the only position, they have adopted towards us,…

198: Global Mormonism: Chantal Muller-Mukamurera – Living Graciously with Change (Rwanda & Germany)

Chantal Mukamurera is Rwandan.  She was born in Burundi, raised in Rwanda and grew up in Germany where she joined the LDS Church and married.  She’s been Catholic, Mormon and is now preparing for the priesthood ordination in the Community…

194: Dancing Like No One’s Watching: John Bonner

John Bonner (clinical social worker, singer and grower of flowers) joins me to talk about his growth into manhood as young and gay in one of the most religiously conservative areas in the Mormon corridor.  He shares his story of…