Category: Mormon Contemplation

277: It’s Not Faithless to Doubt: Spiritual Formation & Faith Crisis: Katie Harmon McClaughlin

We shouldn’t be more worried about Faith Crisis than we are about our response to it.  A poor response to faith crisis can cause spiritual havoc and immense emotional damage. From our LDS cousins (who have had their own institutional…

275: Spiritual Formation through the Liturgical Year: Maxine Hanks

When Maxine Hanks returned to the LDS Church after being excommunicated with the September 6 in 1993, she returned to the LDS Church having taken a spiritual formation pathway in the Gnostic tradition.  One of her great passions upon her return…

274: A Complex Spirituality: Fowler’s Stage Five: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

Sara Hughes-Zabawa and I discuss a spirituality that pays attention to both the church’s tendency to spiritually wound and spiritually enliven. We discuss Fowler’s Stage Five in the context of spiritual practice and suggest those moves that we can make…

273: Advent Study: A Faithful Witness of Spiritual Change: Royleane Otteson

Royleane Otteson joins me to discuss how to be a faithful witness to another’s spiritual journey.  Using the Advent reading of Elizabeth and Zechariah as a story of community witness,  we unpack what friendship means to those of us who…

271: Meditations for Advent Week Two: England and Beh

Advent marks the beginning of the Church year. Jody England Hansen and Melissa Beh join me to discuss the Way of Love as part of our Advent Study series. This week we found ourselves discussing the feminine journey in the…

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…

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,…

243: Listening For God: Prof. Nancy Ross

“There’s no point at which we can say, ‘I’ve got it.’   Always and forever, mystery gets you.  Our searching for God is a search for symbols, analogies and metaphors.  All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. …

241: Revisiting Fowler’s Stages from 0-6: Stage 2: Myths and Symbols: Sara Hughes-Zabawa:

Sara Hughes-Zabawa returns to discuss Fowler’s Stage Two: The Mythic Literal stage. We discuss the power of story and mythology as important tools of meaning meaning-making.  Rather than see them as inducements into lives of unreality, we celebrate the universal…

237: Finding Jesus All Over Again: Hagen & Otteson: The Lent Series

Faith change or Impasse is often met with a resistance to our early life stories of the Divine. In this Lent series episode #3 Katie Hagen and Steve Otteson talk about rediscovering Jesus, finding new stories of the Christ and…