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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

337: Mourning America’s Brokenness: The Rev. Dr Fatimah Salleh

Liberation theologian James Cone has said: “It is ironic that America, with its history of injustice to the poor, especially the black man and the Indian, prides itself on being a Christian nation.” So, what …

334: Women, Pandemic and an Uncertain Future: Prof. Annick Masselot

Professor of Law, Annick Masselot and I reflect on the many gender inequalities that the COVID-19 pandemic has made apparent.   With research foci on equality and anti-discrimination law, gender equality, pregnancy and maternity rights, and …

321: Mary Christmastide: Re-reading the Christmas Story: Maxine Hanks

Maxine Hanks and I have a conversation about Christmastide. Christmastide runs from 25 December until early January.  More particularly we discuss the delicious idea of incorporating Mary more than just incidental to our celebrations. According …

311: The General Conference Fall-Out: Sara Hughes-Zabawa and Carrie Salisbury

For most Mormons, General Conference is a happy interruption to the general business of running their stakes and wards.  Twice a year members get to take a couple of days off from running things in …

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 …

297: Women’s Abuse, Oppression and Trauma in the Patriarchy: Understanding and Healing the System: Lesley Butterfield

Lesley Butterfield is a registered nurse and survivor advocate who works with victims of abuse.  She’s passionate about increasing literacy about abuse and trauma in particular for women survivors of spiritual and ecclesiastical abuse in …