Category: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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…

300: For New Beginnings: Gina Colvin

Gina Colvin, host of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast offers a reflection on her personal spiritual and religious journey and how a vibrant spiritual life is invariably filled with interesting twists and turns, some quite surprising!  Link to John O’Donohue’s Works:

299: The Reconstructing Death Series

What is death when you are on the other side of Mormon orthodoxy when the belief system you have inherited might not serve you well any longer?  When our former stories of death and dying tire, what new frames of…

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,…

295: The Beginning and End of Church College of New Zealand: Witehira & Puriri

Church College of New Zealand, which was opened in 1958, had a short life by education standards.  For 52 years it served the mostly Māori Mormon LDS community.  But, in a swirl of confusion, it was finally closed in 2009…

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…

293: Preventing Child Abuse in Utah: Gwen Knight

In this episode, we look at child abuse from the perspective of prevention.  My guest is Gwen Knight, the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Utah. According to Prevent Child abuse Utah, its mission is to forge and guide a…

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…

291: “Your Children Are Not Safe!”: Alice Koivu & Kelly Plante

At the beginning of May 2019 two mothers of children who were sexually abused by convicted paedophile, Michael Jensen, appeared back in their former ward in Martinsburg, West Virginia to warn the congregation that the children there are not safe.…

290: Reflecting on Childhood Sexual Abuse: Lucy Cammock

Lucy Cammock talks passionately and with clarity about the subtle side of sexual abuse trauma that trailed her (a church-related sexual abuse survivor) through her life.  “I’m never done with the trauma”, she argues.  And while that may sound hopeless…