158: Bryndis Roberts: Awakening the Mother God

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-2-18-25-amA while ago Bryndis Roberts was removed as her ward Relief Society President in Atlanta Georgia and she  recently lost her treasured temple recommend for her support and leadership of  Ordain Women.  While this move by her local leaders was received with immense sadness it has also caused her to ask herself questions about the nature of God and who Mormonism’s current representation of God best serves.


In this searching and frank discussion  we discuss the nature of God.  We talk about how, despite the church’s attempts to manage,  control and politicize the narrative of God,  God shows up powerfully in ways that both surprise and empower.


For a black woman and a brown woman the notion of God as only white and only male has begun to sit  uncomfortably as we experience God beyond masculinity and beyond whiteness.



6 comments for “158: Bryndis Roberts: Awakening the Mother God

  1. Nancy Melendez
    September 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Bryndis & Gina, I could listen to the pair of you chat with each other all day long. But seriously, thank you for expanding my – white, American, born into LDS – view of God. I never thought of God as anything but male and white before turning this corner in my life. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts from this podcast.

  2. A Happy Hubby
    September 15, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Bryndis – I appreciate your unwillingness to compromise on what you feel God is telling you is right. You go girl.

  3. David
    September 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve been thinking that somehow we could make the Holy Ghost to be the Spirit of our Heavenly Mother. Granted we know that the Holy Ghost doesn’t have a body of Flesh & Bones, no spirit does… neither yours nor mine.

    But if we make the Holy Ghost to actually be the spirit of our Heavenly Mother suddenly she is omnipresent everywhere throughout our theology. From the Father, the Son, & the Holy Ghost to the Father, the Son, & the Mother (perhaps the order can be rearranged).

    At any rate it’s worth contemplating since the gender of the Holy Ghost hasn’t been revealed. At the very least the HG can be a Heavenly Sister.

  4. October 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    When joseph Smith was in the Sacred Grove, Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to him. He described what they looked like. They were white. Jesus is white just like the Father. He’s not black or any other color. Other people have also seen Jesus and said he is white. I don’t know what more proof you sisters want! Women will never hold the priesthood and they never should. Women have their own special calling. That’s hard enough. To be a good wife, mother and sister in the church is all we need beside any callings that we may have. you sisters can keep on hoping and praying for priesthood membership but it’s never going to happen and neither should it!

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