Category: Mormon Culture

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…

261: Understanding the Conditions that lead to Church Related and Clergy Perpetrated Sexual Abuse: Dr. Rocio Figueroa

It comes as no surprise that the Roman Catholic Church is suffering a crisis of credibility over its handling of cases of church-related and clergy perpetrated sexual abuse. Dr. Rocio Figueroa was involved in uncovering cases of serial sexual abuse…

258: Taking the Mormons to Court: Defending Sexual Abuse Victims against the LDS Church: Tim Kosnoff

Tim Kosnoff is a US attorney who has spent the last two decades representing victims of sexual abuse.   His introduction to the  LDS Church and their lawyers was when he represented Jeremiah Scott who was sexually abused by a serial…

255: Mormon Culture and Sexual Abuse: Tara Workman-Tulley

In 1990 the Pace Memorandum reported the findings of General Authority Glenn Pace in which alleged victims described ritual abuse.  This was followed by a Utah State Legislature investigation in which hundreds of alleged victims were interviewed.   These testimonies were…

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…

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  

249: In the Restoration’s Cross-currents: Kirtland and its Legacy: Tom Kimball

Kirtland is a singular place in the history of the LDS movement.    The Kirtland Temple once stood as a symbol of a faith that shattered and splintered upon Joseph Smith’s death.   Now it’s a powerful symbol of a shared…

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…