Category: liberation theology

303: Theological Training is Foundational: Dr Matt Frizzell

Dr Matt Frizzell (former Dean of the Graceland University Seminary) and I get deep and animated about Restoration theology. Theological conversations by their very nature are porous, expansive and self-reflexive.   Theology is all about breathing in the mystery and letting…

298: How to Read the Bible Properly (and Other Heresies): Dr Taylor Petrey

Dr Taylor Petrey and I talk about the Bible, its wonders, its frustrations and its possibilities.  And we discuss openly and honestly the widely felt frustration that Sunday School classes are not always welcoming of the skills of Biblical interpretation,…

295: The Beginning and End of Church College of New Zealand: Witehira & Puriri

Church College of New Zealand, which was opened in 1958, had a short life by education standards.  For 52 years it served the mostly Māori Mormon LDS community.  But, in a swirl of confusion, it was finally closed in 2009…

287: Māori, Mormon, Anglican and Muslim: The Faith Journey of Rev. Rob McKay

The Rev. Rob McKay began his religious life in the LDS Church.  When he returned home from his mission he affiliated with a Pentecostal church in Auckland, New Zealand.  He then became Anglican and was ordained a priest in Tikanga…

281: God Invites our Disappointment: Praying the Psalms: Katie Langston

The Psalms are unique in scripture.  The Psalms strip away all decorum and show the fragility and wildness of the human condition.   The Psalms tell us that God invites our disappointment, our anger and our confusion.  The Psalms tell us…

254: When a Woman Leads the Church: Women’s Ordination in the USA: Benjamin Knoll & Cammie-Jo Bolin

Benjamin Knoll and Cammie-Jo Bollin discuss their new book, ‘She Preached the Word:  Women’s Ordination in Modern America.’ Their study uses novel survey data that reveals a surprising relationship between political orientation and an acceptance of women’s ordination.   This, of course,  raises…

244: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial: Newell Bringhurst

Historian Newell Bringhurst discusses the background to his seminal work, “Saints, Slave and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism.” Originally published in 1980, Newell’s important contribution to racial politics in the LDS Church is being republished by…

232: A God Who Changes: Blaire Ostler

Who is God, Blaire? Thus, begins a discussion that unsettles, moves and disrupts our taken for granted conceptions of the Divine. The God of process theology doesn’t entirely fit the script of the male, authoritarian, patriarchal, unchanging, anthropomorphic God written…

229: Mormons and the Historical Jesus: Judith and James McConkie

Co-authors Judith and James McConkie discuss their breakthrough historical Jesus primer for Mormons;  ‘Whom Say Ye That I am?: Lessons from the Jesus of Nazareth. From Kofford Books: The story of Jesus is frequently limited to the telling of the babe of…

209: Creating Religious Pollution: The LDS Church & Latin America: Samy Galvez

Low retention and a failure to contextualize means that the LDS Church continues to be a minority faith tradition in Latin America.   Missionaries who are called to serve from nations outside,  are more often than not culturally incompetent to…