Conversations about the religious and spiritual life on the other side of fundamentalism
A Thoughtful Faith Podcast


2019:  Episodes 275 – 

308: Singing of Zion to a Kingdom People: Andrew Bolton

307: Nick Literski:  Spiritually Fulfilled (and Gay)

306:  What About the Straight Wife?: Understanding the Women’s Experience in Mixed-Orientation Marriage: Debra Brown Gordy

305: Ministering to the Dying: An Introductory Guide for the Layperson: Sue Bergin

304: A Faithful Response to the Sins of Church and State – Christian Anarchism: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

303: Why Theological Training?: Dr Matt Frizzell

302: FLDS, Section 132 & The Handmaid’s Tale: Brenda Nicholson

301: Ministering to those who Question: David Ostler

300: For New Beginnings: Gina Colvin

299: The Reconstructing Death Series

298: How to Read the Bible Properly (and Other Heresies): Dr Taylor Petrey

297: Women’s Abuse, Oppression and Trauma in the Patriarchy: Understanding and Healing the System: Lesley Butterfield

296: A Woman’s Story of Spiritual Formation: Community of Christ Apostle Janné Grover

295: The Beginning and End of Church College of New Zealand: Witehira & Puriri

294: Māori and LDS: A Complex History of the LDS Church in New Zealand: Prof. Peter Lineham

293: Preventing Child Abuse in Utah: Gwen Knight

292: Deconstruction Done Graciously: Anthony Miller

291: “Your Children Are Not Safe!”: Alice Koivu & Kelly Plante

290: Reflecting on Childhood Sexual Abuse: Lucy Cammock

289: Section 132: Read In Plain English by Gina Colvin

288: Boy Scouts, the LDS Church and Sexual Predators: Tim Kosnoff

287: Māori, Mormon, Anglican and Muslim: The Faith Journey of Rev. Rob McKay

286: Abducted in Plain Sight: The Broberg Women Speak Out

285: Fowler’s Stage 6: A Universalizing Faith: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

284: The Next Mormons: Jana Riess

283: We Hold Your Name: Joanna Brooks and Kalani Tonga

282: Fostering Restoration Ecumenism: Apostle Richard James

281: God Invites our Disappointment: Praying the Psalms: Katie Langston

280: A Cathedral Surrounded By Temples: Episcopalian in Utah: The Rev. Tyler Doherty and Cody Hatch

279: Finding the Divine and Community Again: John Hamer

278: To Win at All Costs: The Church and its Heartless Legal Machine: Craig Vernon

277: It’s Not Faithless to Doubt: Spiritual Formation & Faith Crisis: Katie Harmon-McClaughlin

276: The NakedPastor: David Hayward

275:  Spiritual Formation through the Liturgical Year: Maxine Hanks


2018:  Episodes 224 – 274

274:  A Complex Spirituality: Fowler’s Stage Five: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

273: Advent Study: A Faithful Witness of Spiritual Change: Royleane Otteson

272: A Māori Reflection on LDS Church Culture and Discipline: Mahuika, Rangiwai, Hikairo

271: Meditations for Advent Week Two: England and Beh

270: Serving Up Children to Paedophiles: The Church and the West Virginia Michael Jensen Sex Abuse Case: Tom and Juliette

269: What are they doing with tithing in the UK? Chris Mace

268: What Do Your Temple Garments Mean to You?: Nancy Ross and Jessica Finnigan

267: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Affinity Fraud: Mark Pugsley

266:  Fowlers Stages of Faith: Developing a Healthy Individuative-Reflective Faith: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

265:  Let’s Talk About Religious Abuse: Kathleen Shannon

 264:  I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: Jan Tyler

263:  The Spiritual Journey that Led to an Excommunication: Sam Young

263:  Let Us Worship How We May: Bradley Burgess

 261:  Understanding the Conditions that lead to Church Related and Clergy Perpetrated Sexual Abuse: Dr. Rocio Figueroa

260:  Reckoning with the Corruption of Brother Joseph: Andrew Bolton

259:  The Feasibility of Staying: Tom Mikota

258:  Taking the Mormons to Court: Defending Sexual Abuse Victims against the LDS Church: Tim Kosnoff

257:  The Sins of Brigham: The granddaughters of Brigham’s wives speak out: Jacobs, Jensen & Chamberlain

256: Including LGBTI+ Children of God in the LDS Plan of Salvation: Duane Jennings

255:  Mormon Culture and Sexual Abuse: Tara Workman-Tulley

254:  When a Woman Leads the Church: Women’s Ordination in the USA: Benjamin Knoll & Cammie-Jo Bolin

253:  Revisiting Fowler’s Stages of Faith: Stage Three – A Synthetic-Conventional Faith: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

252:  ‘It wasn’t God’s Will’: Reflections on the 4th Anniversary of Kate Kelly’s Excommunication

251:  Impasse: When your ward turns on you: Sabine 

250:  Living Honestly with Mormonism’s Past and Present: Brian Whitney

249:  In the Restoration’s Cross-currents: Kirtland and its Legacy: Tom Kimball

248:  What happened to the Cross?: Michael Reed on Free Masonry, Roman Catholics and Mormonism’s perplexing relationship with the Cross

006:  Women’s Bodies, Motherhood, Sex and Oblivious Husbands: A Review of Tully: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review

247:  Peter Bleakley: Commentary: The Ministering Programme & President Nelson’s World Ministering Tour: 

005:  The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review:  Love Simon

246:  Dr Michael Ferguson: “There’s a world of ideas competing for access to human brains”: Souls, Brains and the Divine

245:  David Bokovoy:  The Old Testament

244:  Newell Bringhurst: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial

243:  Nancy Ross:  Listening For God

242:  Bob Rees: Interrupting General Conference with a Reflection on Holy Week

241:  Sara Hughes-Zabawa:Revisiting Fowler’s Stages from 0-6: Stage 2: Myths and Symbols

240:  Staheli-Hanks & Brown Edmunds: A Feminist Response to Church Sexual Abuse

239:  Dipadova-Stocks, Otteson, Hall:Improving Women’s Ministry in the LDS Church

238:  Glyn & Jena Jones How we ended up living in Warren Jeff’s house:

237:  Finding Jesus All Over Again: Hagen & Otteson: The Lent Series

236:  Jana Spangler and Peter Bleakley: Hope and Change for the Church: Is it all worth it? 

235:  When Forgiveness is More: The Lent Series

234:  William Smith:  The Plural Marriage Revelation and its Nauvoo Context

233:  Renewing Spiritual Practice after a Faith Deconstruction: The Lent Series

232:  Blaire Ostler:  A God Who Changes

231:  Revisiting Fowler’s Stages from 0-6: Stage 0-1: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

230:  Race and the Making of The Mormon People: Max Mueller

229:  Mormons and the Historical Jesus: Judith and James McConkie

228:  Mormons and Meditation: Thomas McConkie

226 & 227:  Prophets and Prophecy from the outside and the inside: Rev’d Megan Herles-Mooar & Chris Kimball

225:  Finding a Faithful Leadership Response to Faith Crisis: Richard Tenney & Ganesh Cherian

224:  January Homily: Divine Absence: Gina Colvin


2017:   Episodes 177 – 223

223:  Motherhood on the Big Tent Side of the Church:  Rebecca Sachiko Burton

004: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

222: Further Gendering the Temple Baptistry: Joanna Smith & Paula Baker

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

220: When Mormons need a Psychiatrist: Neuroplasticity, Scrupulosity, and Children Hoarding: Dr. Bill Bunn

219: Growing up Tongan in Salt Lake City: Moana Uluave Hafoka

218: Growing as an Intrafaith Marriage: Gina Colvin & Nathan McCluskey

217: How Patriarchy Hurts Men and Boys: Wendy Christian

216: From Mormon Missionary to Catholic Priest: Rima Tamaiparea-Puki

215: When a Former Mormon Becomes Your Prime Minister: Reflections on Jacinda Ardern and the LDS Church in New Zealand

214: That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family: Tom Christofferson

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

212: The Trouble with Excommunication: Ian Thomson

211: How to Research Mormons and other Stories from the Oakland First Ward: Amiee Flynn-Curran

210: On The Edge: Melissa Inouye

209: Creating Religious Pollution: The LDS Church & Latin America: Samy Galvez

208: Transplanting Mormonism: Missions and Culture: Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp

207: A White Supremacist Church No More?: Moroni Benally

206: Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother: Rachel Hunt Steenblik

205: Joseph Smith the Occultish Bricoleur: Sheldon Kent

204: Civil Dialogue in Difficult Times: Rich Vial

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

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

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

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

003: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review: Wonder Woman

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

002: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review: Get Out

001: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review: The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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

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

196 & 197: Global Mormonism: Azul Uribe – What Does Belonging Mean? (A Bicultural US Mexican Deportee)

195: Global Mormonism: Nepia Mahuika – Mormon or Māori? (New Zealand)

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

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

192: Kava, Culture, Indigeneity and Mormonism: Daniel Hernandez

191: When God becomes More: Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh

190: On the Erasure of Native Americans from the Book of Mormon Conversation: Thomas Murphy

189: The Book of Mormon as a 19th Century Political Commentary: Christopher C. Smith

188: “Exploiting Congruences”: Mormons in Nazi Germany: David Conley Nelson

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

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

185: Growing the Narrative and Speaking with Candor: Richard Bushman

184: Big Ocean Women – Maternal Feminism and Faith: Carolina Allen

183: In Sacred Defiance: A Reflection on the Women’s March

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

181: Moana The Film – A Critique: Kalani Tonga & Moana Uluave-Hafoka

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

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

177: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Trump’s Inauguration: International Voices Speak Up


2016:   Episodes 134 – 176

176: In Faithful Defiance: Peter Bleakley

175: A 16-Year-Old’s Questions to a Sunday School Teacher: Abel Nelson

174: Richard Ostler: A Bishop Ministering to the Fringes of the Ward

173: LDS Finances: What happens to our donations? Chris Mace

172: When Young Mormons Question: Isabella Parker

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

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

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

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

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

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

164: J. Kirk Richards: Painting into Mystery

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

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

160 & 161: Carol Lynn Pearson: The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy with Lindsay Hansen Park and Gina Colvin

159: Lindsay Hansen Park: Critiquing Progressive Mormonism

158: Bryndis Roberts: Awakening the Mother God

157: Noah Rasheta: Secular Buddhism for Mormons

156: Adam S. Miller: Future Mormon

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

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

153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Youth Suicide: A Discussion

152:  Josh Brazier: Missions, ‘American Saviors’, Serving and Becoming Teachable

151: Thomas McConkie:  A Compassionate Response

150: Suzette Smith: A Personal Story of Exponent II

149: Greg Olsen:  Painting Jesus

148: Brad Levin: Religious Freedom and Belief at BYU

145-147:  Lynn Packer:  Paul H. Dunn “Lying for the Lord”

144:  Emily Jensen & Tracy McKay-Lamb:  Has Zion Fled?

143:  Tariq Khan:  Politics and Oppression

142:  Jon Ogden:  A Mormon Millennial’s View of Truth, Beauty and Goodness

141: Bryndis Roberts: The Future of Ordain Women

140: Charles Inouye: When Justice isn’t Enough March 2016

139: Caroline Kline:  Exploring Mormon Feminist Theology March 2016

138:  Mehrsa Baradaran:  About the Other Half February 2016

136 -137:  Russ Osmond:  Changing the Way We Think About Mormonism February 2016

135:  Patrick Mason:  Tackling the Hard Questions February 2016

134:  Langston and Dillman:  Re-Articulating Faith January 2016

133:  Jones, Montgomery & Roberts:  Mormon LGBT Youth Speak out January 2016

132:  Patrick Mason: Planted – Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt January 2016

131:  Greg Prince:  Analyzing this Mormon Moment January 2016


2015  Episodes 87 – 130

130:  Jerilyn Hassell Pool:  Plumbing the Depths December 2015

129: Mindy Gledhill:  Face to Face December 2015

128:  Joanna Brooks:  Mormon Feminist Writings and Other Stuff November 2015

127:  Jacob Hess:  Dialogues with a Conservative Friend November 2015

126:  James Ord:  Church Policy Changes and the their Legal Context November 2015

125: Julie de Azevedo Hanks:  A Highly Creative Life November 2015

124:  Thomas Wirthlin McConkie: Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis October 2015

123:  Kristy Money:  Processing Church Essay Exasperation October 2015

122: C.Jane Kendrick:  Life Under the Spotlight October 2015

121: Carl Youngblood:  Transhumanism and Mormon Myth-breaking October 2015

120:  Got a Sermon October 2015 

118-119:  Heinz, Saeternes & Tenney:  Mormonism Through the Eyes of Swedish Women October 2015

117:  Jana Riess:  The Roots of a Vibrant Faith Life September 2015

116:  Terryl Givens:  An American Journey Across the Landscape of Theology September 2015

113-115:  John Dehlin:  From the Beginning September 2015

112:  Marlene Payne:  Missionary Mental Health September 2015

111:  Alison Udall:  The Mormon Spectrum August 2015

110:  Fatimah Salleh & Janan Graham:  Mormonism, Liberation Theology and Womanism August 2015

109: Got a Sermon 23 August 2015

108:  Daniel Lancaster:  The Story and Psychology of a Mormon Missionary in Jamaica July 2015

107:  Joseph Peterson:  Talking Church Public Relations July 2015

106:  Got a Sermon 12 July 2015

105:  Got a Sermon 28 June 2015

104:  Kris Black:  On Her Resignation and Her Rebaptism June 2015

103:  Bryndis Roberts:  Processing the Charleston Church Murders June 2015

102:  Got a Sermon 15 June 2015

100 -101:  Rock Waterman:  On Being Excommunicated June 2015

099:  Lincoln Cannon: Mormon Transhumanism and Becoming One in the Body of Christ June 2015

098:  Got a Sermon 7 June 2015

096-097:  Hard to Stay, Harder to Leave:  Sharing Wisdom May 2015

095: James Ott:  Addiction, Word of Wisdom, Recovery and Spirituality May 2015

094: Julie Lefgren:  On Being Single in the Church May 2015

093:  Kristy Money:  Belonging, Shame and Identity May 2015

092:  Gina Colvin and Nathan McCluskey:  Dialogues with a TBM Husband May 2015

091:  Lindsay Hansen Park:  After a Year of Polygamy  April 2015

090:  Sara Burlingame:  What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in These Here Parts?  March 2015

089:  Eugene England:  His Life and Writings – A Tribute March 2015

088:  The van Allens:  Troubling the Church, Repudiating Polygamy  March 2015

087:  Money and Straubhaar:  The New Young Mormon Activists January 2015

086:  Bob Rees:  The Poetic Life of a Devout Mormon Dissident:  January 2015


2014  Episodes:  62-85

085:  Bryndis Roberts and Jennifer Gonzalez:  Dialoguing as Women of Colour December 2014

083-084:  Ganesh Cherian:  A Former New Zealand Bishop’s Doctrinal Dilemmas December 2014

082:  Curtis Henderson:  The Errant Nature of Polygamy November 2014

081:  Renshaw, Patterson and Grimes:  Processing Polygamy October 2014

080:  Kendall Wilcox and Jon Hastings: Broadening the LGBT Discourse October 2014

078-079:  Kirk Caudle:  Mormon Studies, Resigning and Apologetics October 2014

075-077:  Steven Peck:  Evolution and Mormonism October 2014

072-074:  The Church College of New Zealand/Temple View Saga October 2014

070-071:  Patrick Mason:  The Messiness of Mormon History October 2014

069:  James Patterson:  From Devout to Faithful Doubter October 2014

067-068:  Emma and Roy Hann:  Voices from Scotland September 2014

066:  George Handley:  Environmentalism and Mormonism September 2014

065:  Liz and Pete Cammock:  Kiwis riffing on this Mormon Moment August 2014

064:  Carys Bray:  British Mormon Novelist and Author of ‘A Song for Issy Bradley’ August 2014

063:  Kate Kelly:  Feminist and Optimist July 2014

062:  Gina Colvin and Mark Crego:  A Thoughtful Faith Re-launch July 2014


2012 – 2013 Episodes with Sarah Collett &Micah Nicolaison:   01-61 

060-061: Russell Stevenson:  Elijah Abel – Early Black Mormon Priesthood Holder September 2013

055-059:  Terryl Givens:  A Conversation July 2013

054:  Boyd Jay Petersen:  A Conversation June 2013

049-053: Richard Bushman:  Mormon Stories Re-Release June 2013

047-048:  Amy and Jeff:  Are you a Member of the Mormon Club?  May 2013

044-046: Jeremy Timothy:  Depression, Neurology and Theodicy May 2013

041-042:  Dan McDonald:  Gethsemanesia April 2013

039-040:  Adam Miller:  On Grace April 2013

037-038:  Rebecca Maesato:  Faith and a Road Less Travelled March 2013

033-036:  Andrea Radke-Moss: Mormon Women’s History and Gender Equality March 2013

031-032:  James McConkie: Family, Faith and the Historical Christ March 2013

030:  Lindsay Hansen Park:  Feminism Wants What you Want March 2013

029:  Natasha Helfer-Parker & Jennifer Finlayson-Fife: Cognitive Dissonance and Faith Transition February 2013

027-028: Brian Hales:  Joseph Smith’s Polygamy with Sarah Collett February 2013

023-026:  John Gustav-Wrathall:  A Story of a Gay, Legally Married, Active Latter-day Saint with Daniel Parkinson February 2013

022:  Bob Rees:  Forgiving the Church and Loving the Saints with Micah Nicholaisen February 2013

019-021:  John Dehlin:  Reflection and Reconstruction with Sarah Collett January 2013

018:  Nathaniel Givens: Epistemic Humility with Micah Nicholaisen January 2013

017:  John Kesler: On Incorporating Meditation to Expand and Enrich Spiritual Practice with Sarah Collett January 2013

016:  Micah and Sarah:  A Vision for ATF January 2013

015:  Kristina Monson:  Wearing Pants to Church  December 2012

013 – 014:  Michael Barker: Faith Crisis and Inoculation with Micah Nicholaisen December 2012

011 – 012:  Neylan McBaine:  The Mormon Women Project and Creating Gendered Participation December 2012

010:  Terry & Fiona Givens:  Faith, Doubt and The God Who Weeps with Sarah Collett November 2012

009:  Chase and Rebecca’s Story with Sarah Collett October 2012

008:  Thomas Alexander:  Wisdom and Faith with Sarah Collett October 2012

007:  Margaret Young:  Race and Gender Dynamics in Modern Mormonism with Kylan Rice September 2012

006:  Darius Gray and Margaret Young:  Blacks and the LDS Priesthood with Kylan Rice September 2012

005:  Rock Waterman:  Pure Mormonism September 2012 with Micah Nicholaisen September 2012

004:  John Sorenson:  Book of Mormon Historicity with Sarah Collett September 2012

003- 004:  Phil Barlow: A Thoughtful Faith with John Dehlin September 2012

002:  Trent Stephens:  Evolution, Science and Faith with Sarah Collett September 2012

001:  Greg Prince:  A Manifesto for Change with Micah Nicholaisen


      1. John Daniels

        Dear Gina Colvin,
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        please respond I have a few question to ask you

        best regards

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