303: Why Theological Training?: Dr Matt Frizzell

Dr Matt Frizzell (former Dean of the Graceland University Seminary) and I get deep and animated about Restoration theology. Theological conversations by their very nature are porous, expansive and self-reflexive.   Theology is all about breathing …

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 …

301: Ministering to those who Question: David Ostler

David Ostler is a former LDS Bishop, a Stake President and a Mission President.  David has been kept awake at night by questions of what good pastoral care or ministry to the those who question …

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! …

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 …

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 …

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 …

296: A Woman’s Story of Spiritual Formation: Community of Christ Apostle Janné Grover

Community of Christ is a worldwide church, and though small in numbers maintain a consistent effort to  “proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace.”  Their vision is a ‘table’ with everyone …

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 …

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 …