Category: Mormon Pastoral Theology

291: “Your Children Are Not Safe!”: Alice Koivu & Kelly Plante

At the beginning of May 2019 two mothers of children who were sexually abused by convicted paedophile, Michael Jensen, appeared back in their former ward in Martinsburg, West Virginia to warn the congregation that the children there are not safe.…

285: Fowler’s Stage 6: A Universalizing Faith: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

Sara Hughes-Zabawa joins me for the final episode of the Fowler’s Stages of Faith series.    In this episode we discuss the failings of Fowler’s stages. We also talk about how we can notice or engage stage 6 without falling…

283: We Hold Your Name: Joanna Brooks and Kalani Tonga

Joanna Brooks and Kalani Tonga join me to discuss their book of women’s blessings and poetry, ‘We Hold Your Name’ (2019) From the jacket: “A collection of blessings and poetry written by Mormon women responding to the announcement of Gina…

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…

276: The NakedPastor: David Hayward

David Hayward is popularly known by his cartoons, his blogs and his books as The NakedPastor. He started his ministry typically enough as a seminarian, an ordained minister and a pastor. But when David began to experience his own faith…

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…

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…

260: Reckoning with the Corruption of Brother Joseph: Andrew Bolton

Few institutions are more equipped to peek in on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with more understanding, sympathy and even critique than the Community of Christ.  They too have been dealing with the same history with which…

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…

251: Impasse: When your ward turns on you: Sabine

Sabine (name changed) had served faithfully in the church for years.  Then several incidents involving her children occurred causing her to act swiftly to protect them from bullying and shaming.   The result was a fall-out with her local LDS community…