Category: Faith Development

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

Sam Young was recently excommunicated from the LDS Church.  His sin was ‘advocating’ for a change of policy to prevent Church Leaders from asking children sexually explicit questions.  He had collected the testimonies of hundreds of abuse victims,  but this was not…

262: Let Us Worship How We May: Bradley Burgess

LDS sacrament meetings are a mostly low church but without the possibility of variation or innovation – anywhere in the world.  And it’s been that way for decades. Bradley Burgess a convert to the LDS Church from South Africa, is a…

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

Few institutions are more equipped to peek in on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with more understanding, sympathy and even critique than the Community of Christ.  They too have been dealing with the same history with which…

259: The Feasibility of Staying: Tom Mikota

Tom Mikota has designed special effects on such blockbuster movies as Avatar, King Kong, Tintin etc.  But it wasn’t until he was shoulder tapped to work on the First Vision Theater on Temple Square that questions erupted in him.  After…

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

Sara Hughes-Zabawa rejoins me to discuss Fowler’s Stages of Faith:  The Synthetic-Conventional Stage. Stage Three is usually entered into during adolescence.   It’s that stage in which we imagine that our views represent an accurate and faithful totality of truth.   This…

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

In June 2014 Kate Kelly, the vocal spokesperson for Ordain Women was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for apostasy. Kate Kelly had led a high profile campaign including two actions on Temple Square in order…

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

Sabine (name changed) had served faithfully in the church for years.  Then several incidents involving her children occurred causing her to act swiftly to protect them from bullying and shaming.   The result was a fall-out with her local LDS community…

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

Brian and Gina discuss the complexity of the experience of Mormonism when confronted with eyes wide open to both its past, its present and its changing contexts.   Brians’ Website:  Mormonism in Context  

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

Mormons don’t have a robust theology of the cross.  They are more inclined to say that, ‘We celebrate the Living Christ, not the death of Christ’.  Though Mormons claim to be Christian this defining sign of Christianity is missing, while…

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

Dr Michael Ferguson is a research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.  He works at the intersections of culture and brain.   His active research includes cognitive neuroscientific investigations of intelligence, memory, depression,…