Category: Mormon Studies

159: Lindsay Hansen Park: Critiquing Progressive Mormonism

Lindsay Hansen Park, assistant director of Sunstone, host of Year of Polygamy Podcast and blogger returns to A Thoughtful Faith to discuss the state of progressive Mormonism.  We talk openly and honestly about Progressive Mormonism’s problems and promise.  We raise…

158: Bryndis Roberts: Awakening the Mother God

A while ago Bryndis Roberts was removed as her ward Relief Society President in Atlanta Georgia and she  recently lost her treasured temple recommend for her support and leadership of  Ordain Women.  While this move by her local leaders was…

156: Adam S. Miller: Future Mormon

Adam S. Miller writes “I have three children, a girl and two boys. Our worlds overlap but, already, these worlds are not the same. Their worlds, the worlds that they will grow to fill, are already taking leave of mine.…

154: The Church as a Cultural Misfit: The Scottish Case

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In this episode I am joined by G. Campbell McNaughton, Roy Hann and Nathan McCluskey.  Together we discuss American Mormon cultural imperialism and its effects on the Scottish church (with the occasional nod to the New Zealand situation). We originally gathered…

153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Mormon Youth Suicide: A Discussion

In the last week the LDS community has been devastated by the suicides of several LGBT youth.  Because of the closeness of many in our community to the grieving families there has been an outpouring of anger, frustration and powerlessness at…

152: Josh Brazier: Missions, ‘American Saviors’, Serving and Becoming Teachable

Josh Brazier is the executive director of the Kaiizen Foundation which is a non-profit organization that arranges volunteer groups of young people to travel to orphanages around the world where they undertake building, cleaning up, renovation, friendship and relationship projects in South…

145-147: Lynn Packer: Paul H. Dunn “Lying for the Lord”

Lynn Packer, nephew of Boyd K.  was an investigative journalist who looked closely into the claims of Paul H. Dunn and discovered there to be startling concerns, not just with his storytelling but also his financial activities.  In this three…

144: Emily Jensen & Tracy McKay-Lamb: Has Zion Fled?

Jensen and McKay have edited a collection of essays from contemporary US Mormons about the idea of Zion.  Though the idea of Zion has been reconceptualized over time from  being understood as an ideal community, to a place of refuge for…

136-137: Russ Osmond: Changing the Way We Think About Mormonism

Russ Osmond shares his unique perspective on the current cultural state of the church. Russ was adopted into the Mormon Church as a baby.  Though his behaviour  got him thrown  out of the church building as a child he has always remained…

132: Patrick Mason: Planted- Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

  “The fact is that we already have a diversity of spiritual experiences (and nonexperience) within the church; we don’t very often identify it or use language to express and validate it.  With such a strong culture of explicit and…