Category: Mormon Pastoral Theology

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…

235: When Forgiveness is More: The Lent Series

Thomas Merton poses a question for Lent, “Where do we turn for Forgiveness?” In this panel discussion from the ‘Mormon Lenten Study Group’, Jennifer Koski, Sara Bybee Fisk and Elisabeth Boothe join me to revisit the idea of forgiveness as…

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…

229: Mormons and the Historical Jesus: Judith and James McConkie

Co-authors Judith and James McConkie discuss their breakthrough historical Jesus primer for Mormons;  ‘Whom Say Ye That I am?: Lessons from the Jesus of Nazareth. From Kofford Books: The story of Jesus is frequently limited to the telling of the babe of…

228: Mormons and Meditation: Thomas McConkie

Mindfulness teacher; author of ‘Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis’,  and Founder of the Lower Lights Sangha, Thomas McConkie,  joins Gina to discuss contemplative Mormonism and some of the spiritual practices that are attached to the contemplative traditions. Thomas also offers January…

225: Finding a Faithful Leadership Response to Faith Crisis: Richard Tenney & Ganesh Cherian

Two former Bishops, who have both experienced a faith crisis, respond to the question:  ‘How can LDS leaders behave more sensitively and with more wisdom to those experiencing a faith crisis?’