Category: Mormon Studies

118-119: Mormonism through the eyes of Swedish women

Marion Fust Saeternes, Kristina Olergard Tenney and Wiktoria Heinz join me at A Thoughtful Faith to discuss the  differences between Swedish culture and Mormon culture and the invariable tension that creates.  Recorded during a week where  we are discussing and debating the…

110: Mormonism, Liberation Theology and Womanism: A conversation with Fatimah Salleh and Janan Graham

One of the most bewildering dilemmas in LDS theology is the lack of attention to social justice.  Yet born out the black experience in the US has been a compelling theology of liberation where Christianity is rooted in the experiences of…

107: Joseph Peterson – Talking Church Public Relations

LDS Church Public Relations have played a central role over the last few years in shaping Mormon public discourse and responding to institutional crises.  They have come under some criticism because of how their obvious management of church communications seems…

091: Lindsay Hansen Park – After a Year of Polygamy?

Lindsay Hansen Park is a Utah public historian and the founder and host of the podcast ‘A Year of Polygamy.’  Her interest in the practice arose out of a visceral reaction while young to the possibility of her being one day…

090: What’s a nice girl like you doing in these here parts?: Unveiling the Sara Burlingame mystery

Sarah Burlingame is a permablogger at Feminist Mormon Housewives.  She meets with LDS ecclesiastical leaders regularly as a faith organiser and advocates for LGBTQ belonging in Mormon congregations. She speaks really good Mormon having presented at Sunstone, and generally makes…

089: The Life and Writings of Eugene England

“We must truly listen to each other, respecting our essential brotherhood and the courage of those who try to speak, however they may differ from us in professional standing or religious belief or moral vision. We must speak and listen…

088: Troubling the Church by Repudiating Polygamy: Kirk and Lindsay van Allen

On the 2nd February  Kirk van Allen wrote a critique of Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.  In his analysis he concluded that as far as he could see polygamy was morally wrong.  For this assertion he recently reported that he…

086: Bob Rees: The poetic life of a devout Mormon dissident

Bob Rees stands out as an extraordinary human being, one who has navigated the road less travelled that meanders around and through the valleys and peaks of Mormon orthodoxy and progressivism.  Succeeding Eugene England as the editor of Dialogue, Bob has…

081: Renshaw, Patterson & Grimes – Processing Polygamy

120 years after the cessation of the practice Mormon polygamy still arouses very strong feelings, as the response to the latest LDS.org essay bears witness.  Outside of the official rhetoric which positions the practice as historical (kind of) there are…

078-079: Kirk Caudle on Mormon Studies, Teaching for BYU-Idaho, Resigning, Apologetics and More

Kirk Caudle, known for his Mormon Book Review podcast (which was, at one time, officially affiliated with BYU’s Maxwell Institute), made headlines over the summer when he resigned from the church after working as an online religion instructor for BYU-Idaho.…