Category: Mormon Feminism

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. …

240: A Feminist Response to Church Sexual Abuse: Staheli-Hanks & Brown Edmunds

Mormon feminist writers and commentators Sara Katherine Staheli-Hanks and Tresa Brown Edmunds respond to the MTC President sex-scandal, and generally to the problem of sexual abuse in the LDS Church.

239: Improving Women’s Ministry in the LDS Church: Dipadova-Stocks, Otteson, Hall

Laurie Dipadova-Stocks, a former Stake Relief Society President; Royleane Otteson, a former Ward Relief Society President, and Laurie Lee Hall a former Stake President and now an excommunicated transwoman attending Relief Society discuss women’s ministry in the LDS Church. They…

234: The Plural Marriage Revelation and its Nauvoo Context: William V. Smith

William V. Smith joins me to discuss his forthcoming book, ‘Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants:  The Plural Marriage Revelation.’ Section 132 continues to be a thorn in the side of the LDS church, yet it is the foundation…

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…

223: Motherhood on the Big Tent Side of Mormonism: Rebecca Sachiko Burton

In a frank discussion, Rebecca Sachiko Burton talks about being the mother of seven children, and how she manages parenting with wisdom and openness on the ‘Big Tent’ side of Mormonism.

222: Further Gendering the Temple Baptistry: Joanna Smith & Paula Baker

Mormon Temple policy doesn’t change a great deal from year to year, so the 14 December 2017 announcement that extends the rights of Baptistry officiation to 16-17-year-old boys was a surprise. While this might bring gasps of pleasure for the…

221: Mormon Women at Divinity School: Fatimah Salleh & Katie Langston

It seems most unMormon for anyone to receive a call to ministry.  Mormons are supposed to wait for someone in the church to extend that call and as things stand no call for women in the LDS Church involves ordination.  But…

217: How Patriarchy Hurts Men and Boys: Wendy Christian

Manhattan-based Psychotherapist Wendy Christian discusses patriarchy in the LDS Church and how this system hurts everyone including men and boys.   God, Faith, Women & Church: Exploring Feminist Spiritual Formation (Women’s retreat in NYC, November 3-5, 2017) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/god-faith-women-church-exploring-feminist-spiritual-formation-tickets-36382739754?aff=eac2 The 7 Principles…

215: When a Former Mormon Becomes Your Prime Minister: Reflections on Jacinda Ardern and the LDS Church in New Zealand

Ganeshji Cherian, Sarah Howard, Quintin Howard and Nathan McCluskey discuss the cultural mismatch of American Mormon culture with New Zealand culture in the wake of Jacinda Ardern’s becoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand.