Category: Mormon Studies

244: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial: Newell Bringhurst

Historian Newell Bringhurst discusses the background to his seminal work, “Saints, Slave and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism.” Originally published in 1980, Newell’s important contribution to racial politics in the LDS Church is being republished by…

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. …

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…

237: Finding Jesus All Over Again: Hagen & Otteson: The Lent Series

Faith change or Impasse is often met with a resistance to our early life stories of the Divine. In this Lent series episode #3 Katie Hagen and Steve Otteson talk about rediscovering Jesus, finding new stories of the Christ and…

236: Hope and Change for the LDS Church: Is it all worth it? Jana Spangler and Peter Bleakley

In this episode, Jana Spangler (Salt Lake City) and Peter Bleakley (London) have a hard conversation about what is troubling the LDS Church and they seek to grapple with these questions:   Is there any hope for change in the LDS…

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…

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…

231: Revisiting Fowler’s Stages from 0-6: Stage 0-1: Sara Hughes-Zabawa

In thinking about Fowler’s stages model, adults don’t tend to discuss the childhood phases.  Yet, we all have parts of each stage present in us, whether some have been mostly passed through, and others are nascent. In a series of…

230: Race and the Making of The Mormon People: Max Mueller

How racist was Joseph Smith?  Can the LDS Church really claim Jane Manning James as an example of Joseph Smith’s progressive ideals?  There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Joseph Smith had a theological imagination for Indigenous Americans, but what…

226 & 227: Prophets and Prophecy from the outside and the inside: Rev’d Megan Herles-Mooar & Chris Kimball

With all of the chatter happening in Mormon circles about Prophets, Apostles and Presidents I talk to two people about prophets and prophecy. In Episode 226, Rev’d Megan Herles-Mooar, an Anglican priest and theologian talks about Walter Brueggemann’s ‘The Prophetic Imagination’…