Category: Faith Crisis

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

Josh Brazier is the executive director of the Kaiizen Foundation which is a non-profit organization that arranges volunteer groups of young people to travel to orphanages around the world where they undertake building, cleaning up, renovation, friendship and relationship projects in South…

151: Thomas McConkie: A Compassionate Response

In October 2015 I interviewed Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, author of Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis – A Simple Developmental Map.   It was a memorable conversation characterized by its intimacy and its mutual vulnerability.   This interview kicked off a conversation partnership that has…

150: Suzette Smith: A Personal Story of the Exponent II Magazine

Suzette Smith is a single, cancer-surviving Mormon feminist who maintains a strong faith in the LDS church while at the same time wishing for change, particularly for women. Her singular story points to the importance of seeing beyond binaries, the…

148: Brad Levin: Religious Freedom and Belief at BYU

A discussion with Brad Levin, a founder of Free BYU, about the issues arising when BYU students change their spiritual and religious beliefs. From Free BYU’s page: “Under BYU’s existing policies, LDS students who change their personal beliefs about God are expelled from school, evicted from…

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

Jensen and McKay have edited a collection of essays from contemporary US Mormons about the idea of Zion.  Though the idea of Zion has been reconceptualized over time from  being understood as an ideal community, to a place of refuge for…

143: Tariq Khan: Politics and Oppression

At the April 2016 conference Elder Patrick Kearon petitioned Mormons worldwide: “Each one of us can increase our awareness of world events that drive these families from their homes. We must take a stand against intolerance and advocate respect and…

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

Mormon Millennial and blogger Jon Ogden recently lit up the internet with his thought provoking essay on truth, beauty and goodness as a way of working through faith crisis.  Getting the balance right, he argues, can lead us to more…

141: Bryndis Roberts: The Future of Ordain Women

Atlanta based attorney Bryndis Roberts is the chair-elect of Ordain Women.  In 2008 Bryndis joined the LDS church from the Black Baptist church and served for a number of years as a  Relief Society President in an inner city Atlanta Ward.  She…

140: Charles Inouye: When Justice Isn’t Enough

“The idea that everybody gets what they deserve -good people get good things, and bad people get bad things – sounds like such a wonderful idea at first glance.  But when you think about it, if it’s really true that…

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

Russ Osmond shares his unique perspective on the current cultural state of the church. Russ was adopted into the Mormon Church as a baby.  Though his behaviour  got him thrown  out of the church building as a child he has always remained…