Category: Mormon Practical Theology

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…

275: Spiritual Formation through the Liturgical Year: Maxine Hanks

When Maxine Hanks returned to the LDS Church after being excommunicated with the September 6 in 1993, she returned to the LDS Church having taken a spiritual formation pathway in the Gnostic tradition.  One of her great passions upon her return…

274: A Complex Spirituality: Fowler’s Stage Five: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

Sara Hughes-Zabawa and I discuss a spirituality that pays attention to both the church’s tendency to spiritually wound and spiritually enliven. We discuss Fowler’s Stage Five in the context of spiritual practice and suggest those moves that we can make…

272: A Māori Reflection on LDS Church Culture and Discipline: Mahuika, Rangiwai, Hikairo

Without any effort to contextualize or indigenize the LDS Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Māori are often asked to accept ways of being that get imported from Utah.  This ‘Utah’ worldview is  presented to LDS Māori as the way Jesus Christ…

269: What are they doing with Mormon tithing in the UK? Chris Mace

In the United Kingdom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a registered Charity overseen by the Charity Commission.  This means it is must provide a public benefit and it needs to be transparent. But the LDS Church…

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…

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…

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…

259: The Feasibility of Staying: Tom Mikota

Tom Mikota has designed special effects on such blockbuster movies as Avatar, King Kong, Tintin etc.  But it wasn’t until he was shoulder tapped to work on the First Vision Theater on Temple Square that questions erupted in him.  After…