Category: Mormon Studies

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…

131: Greg Prince: Analyzing this Mormon Moment

“I don’t know the way forward yet.  I think that it’s going to be a combination of people at the top exercising their inspiration and the people at the bottom exercising their inspiration as well and somehow coming to a…

130: Jerilyn Hassell Pool: Plumbing the Depths

In this marriage of minds Jerilyn and I get down and dirty about growing up, growing down, being bad, being good, being married and messing things up, and loving and hating being a Mormon.  Its an earthy banter with a…

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…