170 & 171: Enmeshed Family Systems, Differentiation and Faith Crisis: A Discussion with Wendy Christian and Friends

In this two part episode we hear the powerful stories of three anonymous guests who reflect on their experiences in enmeshed family systems.  Enmeshed families characteristically lack boundaries with each other and experience the  faith crisis or differentiation (the point at which individuals begin…

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…

166: Emily Quinn: “I’m a Girl with Testes”: How intersex upsets our notions of the male/female sex binary

One of the core teachings of the LDS church is that everyone is born with an essential gender identity based on one’s biological sex. Either you are male or female. Intersex upsets the notion that there are always clear biological…

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…

164: J. Kirk Richards: Painting into Mystery

J. Kirk Richards’ work is considered  contemporary spiritual.  According to his website “his love of the textural, the poetic, and the mysterious has translated into a unique take on traditional Judeo-Christian themes.”   In this conversation Kirk and I discuss the power of…

163: Mormon and Gay: A Response to the New LDS Website

In late October 2016 and after  a two year development phase the Mormon and Gay website was launched at LDS.org.  Previously ‘Mormons and Gays’ was the go to place to get a sense of the church’s position on homosexuality –…

162: Suzy Benson Gillies: After the Shelf Broke – Divorce, Transition and Rediscovering Self

For Suzy Benson Gillies everything about her Mormon life seemed perfect and right.  Her family was ‘that’ family.  Stable, happy and devout.  When a belief crisis struck their family everything that gave her meaning and confidence collapsed.  She found herself negotiating…