Category: Mormon theology

302: FLDS, Section 132 & The Handmaid’s Tale: Brenda Nicholson

Brenda Nicholson joins me to discuss the social life of women in the FLDS church where she grew up under Rulon and Warren Jeffs.   She’s since left the sect and fiercely argues that there is no way, that polygamy benefits…

298: How to Read the Bible Properly (and Other Heresies): Dr Taylor Petrey

Dr Taylor Petrey and I talk about the Bible, its wonders, its frustrations and its possibilities.  And we discuss openly and honestly the widely felt frustration that Sunday School classes are not always welcoming of the skills of Biblical interpretation,…

294: Māori and LDS: A Complex History of the LDS Church in New Zealand: Prof. Peter Lineham

In 2019 Professor Peter Lineham was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to religious history and the community.  And that honour is well deserved.  Few, if any scholars in the field of religious history…

292: LDS Deconstruction Done Graciously: Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller lives in Billings Montana.  He grew up in the church.  He did all the things required of good Mormon boys, and he thought he knew where his life was heading.  But a dramatic and sudden period of faith…

289: Section 132: Read In Plain English by Gina Colvin

Section 132 was Joseph Smith’s revelation that provided the theological justification that allowed select men of the early LDS restoration to have sex with more than one authorized partner. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, section 132…

280: A Cathedral Surrounded By Temples: Episcopalian in Utah: The Rev. Tyler Doherty and Cody Hatch

The Rev. Tyler Doherty, Priest in charge at St. Marks Cathedral Church in downtown Salt Lake City and parishioner Cody Hatch. Tyler and Cody join me in this ecumenical/interfaith conversation to talk about what the Episcopal Church has to offer…

277: It’s Not Faithless to Doubt: Spiritual Formation & Faith Crisis: Katie Harmon McClaughlin

We shouldn’t be more worried about Faith Crisis than we are about our response to it.  A poor response to faith crisis can cause spiritual havoc and immense emotional damage. From our LDS cousins (who have had their own institutional…

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…