Category: Politics

213: How Did the Mormons Get So Vested in the Political Battle over Homosexuality?: Kendall Wilcox

Filmmaker, Kendall Wilcox and I delve into the question of why the LDS Church has poured so much legal and political energy into the preservation of heterosexual marriage and its corollary debates over religious freedom.

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…

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,…

182: LDS Inc. and the Commodification of Faith: Ron & Josh Madson

How did The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints become an over-bloated corporate bureaucracy?  What are the implications for the way in which the church practices religion, and for the way it inspires faith? Ron and Josh Madson address these…

169: Finding Renewal, Wisdom and Peace Post-Election: Wotherspoon, Colvin and Money

Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters and Kristy Money, host of Mormon Transitions join me to discuss, in a non-partisan way, the importance of intellectual clarity, healthy emotional inwardness and consciousness, and embodied action in dealing with this drastically altered…

168: The Mormon Election Autopsy: Madson, Kramer & Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran, Joshua Madson and Brad Kramer discuss the history of the recent US Presidential Election.  They talk about the uncoupling of the Democratic party from the working class, the rise of neo-liberalism, and the way in which identity politics have…

167: Racism, Mormonism, the US Presidential Election and Women of Color

The campaign run by Donald Trump during the 2016 United States Presidential election season leveraged the racism that to this day still divides America.   The outcome has been frightening for people of colour who have either experienced or witnessed…

165: Elise Boxer: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sacred Work of Environmental Protection

Dr Elise Boxer (Oceti Sakowin) joins me to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline.  She provides the context for the issue and explains what is at the centre of the protest at Standing Rock including the environmental and cultural consequences should the…

143: Tariq Khan: Politics and Oppression

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…

138: Mehrsa Baradaran: About the Other Half

Lawyer, academic and author Mehrsa Baradaran immigrated to the US with her family in 1986 from Iran- joining the LDS church shortly after.  She attended BYU, served a mission in Texas and went on to become a lawyer.  She was working on Wall Street…