362: ‘That Was Not of God’: Natasha’s Witnesses Speak Up

Ambivalence, ambiguity, lack of accountability and spiritual abuse characterize Natasha Helfer’s membership council. Wanting to preserve her church membership, Natasha and her community (in and out of the LDS Church) rallied around her in support. …

359: When a Woman’s Professional Expertise Becomes a Question of LDS Apostasy: Natasha Helfer

Natasha Helfer (LCMFT, CST, CSTS )is a licensed clinician and mental health professional who has been summoned to a LDS Church trial for her public stance on sexual health. Taking offence at the idea that …

351: An Advent Reflection on the Suffering of Mothers: Renee McDonald & Kristin Jensen

While we honour the expectant Mary at Advent, we rarely discuss her in the context of the suffering of pregnancy and birth.  Our sacred texts and Christmas stories leave out the intensely feminine experience of …

347: The Surprise of Section 132: Michael Mathews II

Blogger Michael Mathews II  shares his exegesis of Doctrine & Covenants Section 132.  While Mormons socially read Section 132 as pointing to the endurance of familial ties after death, Mathews argues, that there is no …

345: Sex, Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism: Prof. Taylor Petrey

Whatever your position on LDS Studies, it can’t be said that the Mormonism is boring.  Socially, historically, culturally, politically and theologically its a gold mine of intrigue and interest.  Nevermore so than on the topic …

339: Mormon Women Claiming Power: Franzoni Thorley, Ross, Olsen Hemming

Exponent II Editor, Margaret Olsen Hemming says of the Exponent guest edition of Dialogue,  “In this issue, we asked women to write about claiming power. We hoped that writers would think creatively about the idea …

322: ‘It’s not a sin if it’s secret’: Brigham, Joseph, Wives, Sex and Priesthood: Joe Geisner

Let’s be fair.  Neither Joseph nor Brigham could be considered as good men in their care, affection, fidelity and love for their wives.  To the contrary, they were want to swap them, share them, manipulate …

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 …

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 …

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

After Debra Brown Gordy (President-Elect of the Mormon Mental Health Association) discovered that her husband, a BYU Professor, was gay her world fell apart.   They tried to keep the marriage together but it wasn’t to …