Jana Riess needs little introduction. She has been a prolific author, memoirist, scholar and writer on American religion and Mormonism. A convert to the LDS church as a young adult Jana gave up her aspirations to pastor her own congregation. Her affiliation with the church required significant personal sacrifices, few of which she regrets. Yet Jana is by no means an apologist and continues to provide strong and sometimes critical commentary particularly about Mormon cultural practices.
At heart Jana is a theologian and is at home speaking of our discipleship as being the ‘hands and feet of Christ’. Jana joins me to discuss the roots of her faith life and what being a Mormon means to a woman whose formative religious training at the best divinity schools in the US has been broad and deeply ecumenical.