Category: Mormon

221: Mormon Women at Divinity School: Fatimah Salleh & Katie Langston

It seems most unMormon for anyone to receive a call to ministry.  Mormons are supposed to wait for someone in the church to extend that call and as things stand no call for women in the LDS Church involves ordination.  But…

212: The Trouble with Excommunication: Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson is a public defender in Boise, Idaho. In this podcast, we deconstruct the ideology and practice of excommunication.  We also discuss how enmeshed LDS excommunication is with the US judicial system.

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…

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.…

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…

193: God, the Image of God, Theosis, Sex and Godly Creation: Blaire Ostler

Blaire Ostler joins me to discuss God. God as feminine and masculine; God in Mormon theology; God as a plurality; God as a creator; God without the biological need to procreate; the God of our own imagination …and much more.…

187: ‘Translation’ and the Book of Mormon in this Historical Moment: Sam Brown

I catch up with Sam Brown (author and ICU physician) for a very quick chat about this cultural moment that sees us grappling with the question of the Book of Mormon as a ‘translation’. Sam presented at  the New Perspectives…

186: Mormon Studies: Attending to the Difficult Issues: Philip Barlow

Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, and the 2017 fellow at the Maxwell Institute at BYU joins me to discuss the importance of Mormon Studies in the tradition.  We discuss the need for new conversations regarding…

180: Mormon Women and the Challenge of Assertiveness: Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Mormon women, particularly those from Utah, aren’t necessarily known for their assertiveness. Raised in a heavy patriarchy, too many women are socialized to accept that surrender to the authority of masculinity is necessary for their salvation.     Drawing from her extensive…

178 & 179: The Truths About Marital Intimacy: A Critique of Wendy Nelson’s Sex Talk: Helfer-Parker and de Azevedo-Hanks

Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo-Hanks about Wendy Watson Nelson’s speech at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. Nelson’s address garnered some criticism for the unhealthy, purity-centred and confusing expectations that she constructed around sex.  She argued that…