356: The Spiritual Advice Line: February 2021

Today Katie Langston joins the Spiritual Advice Line. We discuss spiritual abuse; unhelpful images of God; spiritual direction; the necessity of community, and how to read the Bible. If you would like to submit a …

352: Rigid Mormon Parents and Their Disaffiliated Children: Liz Brown MacDonald

Liz Brown MacDonald was curious about the effect of the behaviour of religiously rigid parents on their children who disaffiliate from the LDS Church. ‘It’s never good,’ she concludes, ‘to complicate a parental relationship with …

351: An Advent Reflection on the Suffering of Mothers: Renee McDonald & Kristin Jensen

While we honour the expectant Mary at Advent, we rarely discuss her in the context of the suffering of pregnancy and birth.  Our sacred texts and Christmas stories leave out the intensely feminine experience of …

349: Spiritual Autonomy When Gay, Mormon & Samoan: Doron Semu

How does a young gay, afakasi, Samoan, Mormon man put his spiritual life together when he sits across many religious and cultural divides?   When the moorings of fixed belief systems that defined prior generations fall …

347: The Surprise of Section 132: Michael Mathews II

Blogger Michael Mathews II  shares his exegesis of Doctrine & Covenants Section 132.  While Mormons socially read Section 132 as pointing to the endurance of familial ties after death, Mathews argues, that there is no …

345: Sex, Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism: Prof. Taylor Petrey

Whatever your position on LDS Studies, it can’t be said that the Mormonism is boring.  Socially, historically, culturally, politically and theologically its a gold mine of intrigue and interest.  Nevermore so than on the topic …

344: Mormon Divorce: Les Butterfield

Not all Mormon marriages are doomed, but some are. When divorce happens acrimoniously it’s never a better time to observe the LDS church’s position on the wellbeing of women and children.   The wife of a …

342: Polynesian Musings on White Supremacy: Maoputasi Young

In the wake of Joanna Brook’s book that starkly presented a case for Mormon white supremacy, Samoan Mormon, Tasi Young, BYU alumna and die-hard Cougars fan wrote to the Salt Lake Tribune asking for the …

339: Mormon Women Claiming Power: Franzoni Thorley, Ross, Olsen Hemming

Exponent II Editor, Margaret Olsen Hemming says of the Exponent guest edition of Dialogue,  “In this issue, we asked women to write about claiming power. We hoped that writers would think creatively about the idea …

314: Factioning Over Questions of Authority: Cristina Rosetti

Cristina Rosetti is a Roman Catholic woman and scholar who is interested in Mormon Fundamentalism. She joins me to discuss her own religious and spiritual path.  Oddly her inquiry into Mormon Fundamentalism comes out of …