Category: Mormon

167: Racism, Mormonism, the US Presidential Election and Women of Color

The campaign run by Donald Trump during the 2016 United States Presidential election season leveraged the racism that to this day still divides America.   The outcome has been frightening for people of colour who have either experienced or witnessed…

166: Emily Quinn: “I’m a Girl with Testes”: How intersex upsets our notions of the male/female sex binary

One of the core teachings of the LDS church is that everyone is born with an essential gender identity based on one’s biological sex. Either you are male or female. Intersex upsets the notion that there are always clear biological…

164: J. Kirk Richards: Painting into Mystery

J. Kirk Richards’ work is considered  contemporary spiritual.  According to his website “his love of the textural, the poetic, and the mysterious has translated into a unique take on traditional Judeo-Christian themes.”   In this conversation Kirk and I discuss the power of…

162: Suzy Benson Gillies: After the Shelf Broke – Divorce, Transition and Rediscovering Self

For Suzy Benson Gillies everything about her Mormon life seemed perfect and right.  Her family was ‘that’ family.  Stable, happy and devout.  When a belief crisis struck their family everything that gave her meaning and confidence collapsed.  She found herself negotiating…

159: Lindsay Hansen Park: Critiquing Progressive Mormonism

Lindsay Hansen Park, assistant director of Sunstone, host of Year of Polygamy Podcast and blogger returns to A Thoughtful Faith to discuss the state of progressive Mormonism.  We talk openly and honestly about Progressive Mormonism’s problems and promise.  We raise…

157: Noah Rasheta: Secular Buddhism for Mormons

“Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” – Dalai Lama Noah is the founder of Secularbuddhism.com where you can find his podcast,  where shares his ideas…

155: Liz Johnson: The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project

The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project is based at Claremont Graduate University and seeks to build an archive of ordinary Mormon women’s stories.  Claudia Bushman – the founder of the project states: “If we want to live forever in the…

154: The Church as a Cultural Misfit: The Scottish Case

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In this episode I am joined by G. Campbell McNaughton, Roy Hann and Nathan McCluskey.  Together we discuss American Mormon cultural imperialism and its effects on the Scottish church (with the occasional nod to the New Zealand situation). We originally gathered…

153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Mormon Youth Suicide: A Discussion

In the last week the LDS community has been devastated by the suicides of several LGBT youth.  Because of the closeness of many in our community to the grieving families there has been an outpouring of anger, frustration and powerlessness at…

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…