317: Managing the Hardness of Church and the Tenderness of Spiritual Growth: Jana Johnson Spangler

Jana Johnson Spangler, a recent graduate from Richard Rohr’s ‘Living School’,  joins me to discuss the spiritual formation and potential richness of the place between the sometimes intractable institution, and the soul’s organic growth. We …

316: What Gave Brigham the Right to the Presidency?: Joe Geisner

Brigham Young’s status in the early LDS Movement needs to be understood in order to tackle the hard question of what gave him the right to claim the presidency,  particularly in light of the fact …

315: Between Mormon Thought and Mormon Authoritarianism: Brittney Hartley

Bringing a philosophical eye to Mormonism helped author Brittany Hartley to appreciate the beauty and potential of Mormon thought as she came into her own questions about her ongoing affiliation.  Unfortunately, Mormon thought kept alive …

314: Factioning Over Questions of Authority: Cristina Rosetti

Cristina Rosetti is a Roman Catholic woman and scholar who is interested in Mormon Fundamentalism. She joins me to discuss her own religious and spiritual path.  Oddly her inquiry into Mormon Fundamentalism comes out of …

313: Murderous Times: The Mormon Reformation: Lindsay Hansen Park

In order to really understand the LDS Church, one absolutely needs to understand Mormon history. There are few periods in Mormon history that are darker and more defining than the Mormon Reformation. Lindsay Hansen Park …

312: Spiritually Full, Religiously Included: Michael Wright

Over the last couple of years, Michael Wright has discovered his spiritual self anew in the LDS Restoration tradition.  A descendant of Mormon pioneers he spent years trying to make himself straight in the LDS …

311: The General Conference Fall-Out: Sara Hughes-Zabawa and Carrie Salisbury

For most Mormons, General Conference is a happy interruption to the general business of running their stakes and wards.  Twice a year members get to take a couple of days off from running things in …

310: Brigham Young, ‘I don’t care about my character on Earth!’: Dr David Vaughn Mason

What kind of claim does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have to the proposition that they are a faithful continuation of the church Joseph established?  What kind of character was Brigham Young …

309: ‘OWL’ Rethinking Sex and Sexuality Education: Dr Melanie Davis

The perennial question is where, how and what do we teach our children about sex and sexuality? What is appropriate, and what isn’t? Additionally, those who have come from orthodox faith traditions are often on …

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

Those who grew up in the Restoration tradition will be familiar with the songs of Zion;   That place where God and community meet.  But, despite his original intentions Joseph Smith was corrupted by his ‘Kingdom’ …