A Thoughtful Faith is a Mormon Stories affiliated podcast that features the stories and perspectives of intelligent, thoughtful believers who maintain faith despite their awareness of and/or struggles with common challenges and issues. Though some of these issues will be discussed, our focus is not necessarily the troubling aspects of our history, culture and doctrine, but rather how our guests navigate and own their individual perspectives.
We hope to examine faith and Mormonism in a way that responds to the assumption that if you are truly informed about the complexity of this faith tradition, including its origins, history, culture, and doctrine, that sincere, authentic belief and participation becomes unsustainable. Though it is true that authentic faith is simply not possible for many individuals, we present by way of the stories and perspectives of these thoughtful believers that unbelief and disaffection is not the inevitable conclusion of a faith transition. By exploring Mormonism and faith in general from this angle, we hope to model potential paths for individuals in faith transition or crisis that allow them to maintain faith, as well as to provide a place for authentic discourse for thoughtful believers everywhere
We will feature a diversity of voices from within and outside Mormonism. Not only will our audience hear from scholars and academics, but also from Relief Society presidents, local leaders, members of other faiths, business professionals, bloggers, and primary teachers — men and women alike. Our process for creating content also allows us to hear from different hosts, who likewise come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives within Mormonism.
It is an exciting albeit challenging time to be a Mormon. Often it is hard to know where to fit in with an approach to faith that isn’t mainstream. However, we believe that our faith tradition can build a tent big enough and expansive enough to harbor the many paths Mormonism can offer. We thank you for taking interest in this new project, and we hope you will stick with us as we explore the many paths for a thoughtful faith and try to expand the tent to include Mormons like you.