Category: Mormon Culture

290: Reflecting on Childhood Sexual Abuse: Lucy Cammock

Lucy Cammock talks passionately and with clarity about the subtle side of sexual abuse trauma that trailed her (a church-related sexual abuse survivor) through her life.  “I’m never done with the trauma”, she argues.  And while that may sound hopeless…

289: Section 132: Read In Plain English by Gina Colvin

Section 132 was Joseph Smith’s revelation that provided the theological justification that allowed select men of the early LDS restoration to have sex with more than one authorized partner. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, section 132…

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…

286: Abducted in Plain Sight: The Broberg Women Speak Out

When the crime documentary ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ was released on Netflix, Jan Broberg (the woman at the centre of this seemingly bizarre story of multiple kidnappings, an alien mission and sexual assault while a child) was full of regret…

280: A Cathedral Surrounded By Temples: Episcopalian in Utah: The Rev. Tyler Doherty and Cody Hatch

The Rev. Tyler Doherty, Priest in charge at St. Marks Cathedral Church in downtown Salt Lake City and parishioner Cody Hatch. Tyler and Cody join me in this ecumenical/interfaith conversation to talk about what the Episcopal Church has to offer…

278: To Win at All Costs: The LDS Church and its Heartless Legal Machine: Craig Vernon

Craig Vernon has represented clients in several high profile church and clergy perpetrated sexual abuse cases including cases involving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Litigating cases against the LDS Church shows them to be formidable adversaries who…

268: What Do Your Temple Garments Mean to You?: Nancy Ross and Jessica Finnigan

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there’s often a very large gap in the theological or doctrinal understanding of the garment, and the lived experience with wearing one.   Predictably, Mormons will simply say that garments are…

267: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Affinity Fraud: Mark Pugsley

Mark Pugsley is a lawyer in Salt Lake City Utah who specialises in recovering money lost by investors due to bad advice or misconduct.  He has represented victims of investment fraud and unsuitable investment recommendations in civil litigation, whistleblower cases, and receivership…

266a: Fowlers Stages of Faith: Developing a Healthy Individuative-Reflective Faith: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

Sara Hughes-Zabawa returns to discuss one of the most emotionally and spiritually challenging stages in Fowler’s Stages of Faith;  the development of an Individuative-Reflective Faith.   In high demand or fundamentalist faith traditions Stage Four is poorly understood and often poorly responded to by families,…

265: Let’s Talk About Religious Abuse: Kathleen Shannon

As my interview with spiritual trauma therapy specialist Kathleen Shannon will indicate, a definition for religious abuse is difficult to nail it down.  But according to Caswell and Swindle (2018) religious abuse occurs within three categories. Abuse perpetrated by religious…