A Thoughtful Faith - Mormon / LDS (general)

Dr.Bill Bunn is a BYU psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent and young adult psychiatric disorders.  He joins me to discuss mental illness, the brain and neuroplasticity.  We also consider how scrupulosity and anxiety disorders present among young Mormons and missionaries.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55am MDT

With the promise of education, social mobility and gathering to Zion, many Tongan and Samoan Mormons have made Utah their home.  But what are the challenges for Polynesians growing up in Salt Lake where wealth, church leadership, education, and opportunity continue to be a  racial privilege?  What are the psychic and cultural costs for those children who live between two worlds without really being grounded in either?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm MDT

In May 2015 Gina Colvin & Nathan McCluskey recorded a frank conversation about how faith crisis was affecting their marriage.  Two and a half years later they find that their differences are now even more marked.  Yet, in spite of their now occupying different moral worlds,  their differentiation  has given rise to new and more profound ways of being in relationship with each other.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am MDT

Manhattan-based Psychotherapist Wendy Christian discusses patriarchy in the LDS Church and how this imbalance hurts everyone including men and boys. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm MDT

Tom Christofferson's spiritual journey as a gay man took him from Mormonism, out, and back again.  Rima Tamaiparea-Puke's spiritual journey as a gay man took him from Catholicism to Mormonism and back to Catholicism.  Both stories attest to stories of deep faith and religious devotion.  Both stories speak to the need in all of us to be reconciled in one way or another to the faith of our families.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:31pm MDT

Ganeshji Cherian, Sarah Howard, Quintin Howard and Nathan McCluskey discuss the cultural mismatch of American Mormon culture with New Zealand culture in the wake of Jacinda Ardern's becoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm MDT

Tom Christofferson is gay and he's Mormon.  His recently published book 'That We May Be One' is a touching memoir of love, loss, and faith.  We discuss the story within his story that our life's journey be underscored by a demonstrative, kind and gentle love, particularly for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters and children.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm MDT

Filmmaker, Kendall Wilcox and I delve into the question of why the LDS Church has poured so much legal and political energy into the preservation of heterosexual marriage and its corollary debates over religious freedom.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm MDT

Ian Thomson is a public defender in Boise, Idaho.   

In this podcast, we deconstruct the ideology and practice of excommunication.  We also discuss how enmeshed LDS excommunication is with the US judicial system.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm MDT

Amiee Flynn-Curran is a non-Mormon ethnographer who did her PhD fieldwork in the Oakland First Ward of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amiee’s was interested in finding out how a conservative Christian church community negotiates the question of gender and sexuality inclusivity.   For 18 months Amiee participated in the life of the Oakland First Ward as a participant researcher.

Amiee shares some of her research conclusions as an observer looking into how social politics is played out in an LDS ward widely hailed as one of Mormonism's most liberal congregations. 


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Category:general -- posted at: 2:01am MDT

Melissa Inouye is Chinese, Japanese American and grew up as a Mormon in California, aware of her cultural and ethnic differences from the general LDS population.

Melissa reflects on the experience of being Asian in the LDS Church along with other reflections on Mormonism and God and spirituality in the religious margins.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm MDT

Low retention and a failure to contextualize means that the LDS Church continues to be a minority faith tradition in South American.   Missionaries who are called to serve from nations outside,  are more often than not culturally incompetent to proselyte in this region of the world and sometimes do more mischief than good.  With complex economic and political conditions and even more strained historical relationships with the United States, missionaries and General Authorities too often speak into a cultural void,  organising the LDS Church around ideas that work in Utah but have little relevance anywhere else.

Samy Galvez (Guatemala) joins me to discuss the Latin American Mormon context and to critique the issues of class, religion, politics, race, culture and ethnicity that are either overlooked or misunderstood in LDS Latin American mission and ecclesial practice.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm MDT

Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in St. Louis.  As an observer of Mormonism, she has researched Mormon mission and the way that the LDS Church replicates it self in places beyond it's Utah centre.

In this conversation, we discuss Mormonism as a Wasatch Front cultural transplant and consider the issues that arise for both local cultures and for the church as it seeks to be a relevant and vibrant worldwide faith tradition.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm MDT

On August 15, 2017 the LDS church issued the following statement:

"White supremacist attitudes are morally wrong and sinful, and we condemn them. Church members who promote or pursue a “white culture” or white supremacy agenda are not in harmony with the teachings of the Church."

Moroni Benally (Navajo) discusses the implications for a church where white supremacy and its many manifestations have been at the very heart of the church's identity and its organizational world view.   For the first time, the church has publically called themselves into question.   And not a moment too soon for these indigenous Mormons!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm MDT

"Rachel Hunt-Steenblik wrote 246 small poems exploring aspects of our Heavenly Mother. And BCC’s own Ashley Mae Hoiland complemented these poems with more than 40 original drawings. The result is an intimate discussion of the deep human longing for a Mother God." 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm MDT

Lancaster University PhD student, Sheldon Kent discusses the esoteric and mystical influences abroad during the early days of Mormonism.   In particular, he discusses Emmanual Swedenborg and the impact that this 18th-century philosopher and church man had on Joseph Smith's theology.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am MDT

Rich Vial is a Republican representative in the Oregan State Legislature.  He's also a former Mormon bishop who went through a faith crisis during his tenure.  In this episode, we discuss how to go about having difficult conversations with those who are ideologically and religiously different from ourselves, and how to do that with grace and compassion.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm MDT

Jenne de Normandie Eregiro Alderks was a teenage convert from Unitarian Universalism.  When she joined the LDS church her mother, knowing somewhat of the strict gender roles in Mormonism, asked her,  'Can you really be a Mormon woman?'

Jenne has spent many years trying to do exactly that and her efforts to be a Mormon woman have surprisingly led her to seek feminist spiritual practices outside of the faith.  This quest has taken her to temple studies, paganism and Gnosticism as supplements to her spiritual life.  

One of the hallmarks of the restoration was Joseph Smith's openness to other spiritual traditions and ideas and this seeking has been kept alive in Mormon feminism.  Jenne's spiritual seeking is part of a rich intergenerational tradition of Mormon women who quietly keep alive the faith's mysticism.


Jenne is one of the founders of LDS Wave and Birthing Zion.   She works as a doula and lives in Seattle Washington.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm MDT

Gina Colvin and Bill Reel (host of the popular podcast Mormon Discussions)  get together for a chat about what it takes to still be engaged in the LDS Church when so many of their friends have left.   They discuss the development of their young testimonies but reflect on how difficult it has become in recent years to love the church with the same enthusiasm they once had.  They consider how LDS Church could be better for those who crave a deeper and a kinder experience at church.  They also consider their futures as Mormons.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm MDT

Dr Alan Jamieson is the senior pastor at the South West Baptist Church in Christchurch, New Zealand.  He is an author of multiple books on faith development.   We talk about the implications for those ministering to those in faith crisis and how church leaders and communities can best respond to those with doubts and questions.


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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm MDT

LDS Bishops are at the front line as Mormons facing their own questions, concerns and doubts seek their counsel.   Too often these local leaders surmise that the person expressing doubt must have done something wrong to get there.   'This isn't the case', says Bishop Jones, a sitting Bishop in Seattle.   

In this episode, we discuss how those in faith crisis are often at their most vulnerable and afraid and how they can be ministered to with kindness and spiritual presence.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm MDT

This week Derrick Clements and Gina Colvin cast their critical Mormon eyes over 'Wonder Woman.'

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:22am MDT

Mormons all over the world are gathering online in increasing numbers.   They do this to process their past, present and future relationships with the church.  It is online that they find people who understand their growing or changing faith lives   The increasing size and complexity of Online Unchurched Mormonism attest to its utility.

But without the formal rules, manners and ethics found in face to face community, online 'progressive' or post-Mormon communities that provoke challenges that signal the community's volatility and vulnerabilities.

Lindsay Hansen Park, Natasha Helfer-Parker (who joins us later on in the conversation) and I talk about the benefits and challenges of Mormonism's fastest growing congregation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm MDT

We review Get out, Jordan Peele's break out satirical horror featuring British actor Daniel Kaluuya, and US actress Alison Williams.   While we wouldn't recommend seeing Get Out as a church or a Family Home Evening activity, we feel like it needs to be seen by everyone because of its biting treatment of the dangers of White American middle-class liberalism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm MDT

Join Gina Colvin and Derrick Clements for a fun, cheeky, slightly irreverent but joyful review of the latest at the box office!

This week we review 'The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2'

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm MDT

Too often the unique cultural identity of Canadian Mormonism gets lost in the noise of their neighbours to the South.  In 1977 Canadian author Margaret Atwood, said of the United States:

"About the only position, they have adopted towards us, country to country, has been the missionary position, and we are not on top.  I guess that is why the national wisdom vis-a-vis them has so often taken the form of lying still, keeping your mouth shut and pretending you like it."

In this podcast, Lindy Yamamoto and Robert Slaven call for more Canadian authenticity in the Mormon experience.  They also give Southern Alberta a hard time!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm MDT

Chantal Mukamurera is Rwandan.  She was born in Burundi, raised in Rwanda and grew up in Germany where she joined the LDS Church and married.  She's been Catholic, Mormon and is now preparing for the priesthood ordination in the Community of Christ.  

Chantal has moved across countries and religious traditions.  She has had to watch a genocide that took the lives of her loved ones.  She has also had to reevaluate the faith that had her heart for most of her adult life.  Chantal's journey is a lesson in gracious transition and change.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm MDT

When Azul Uribe was 11 years old she was sent from Mexico to live with her Grandmother in the US.  She lived there for 15 years when she tragically discovered that she was undocumented.  After a 2.5 year battle in the courts she was deported to the Mexico with a 10 year ban from reentering the US, leaving behind a life, friends and loved ones.

In Part One we discuss how Mormonism's American cultural imperialism plays out in Mexico.  In Part Two we talk about how it came about that she was deported.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am MDT

When Azul Uribe was 11 years old she was sent from Mexico to live with her Grandmother in the US.  She lived there for 15 years when she tragically discovered that she was undocumented.  After a 2.5 year battle in the courts she was deported to the Mexico with a 10 year ban from reentering the US, leaving behind a life, friends and loved ones.

In Part One we discuss how Mormonism's American cultural imperialism plays out in Mexico.  In Part Two we talk about how it came about that she was deported.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:19am MDT

During the month of May 2017,  we look at Mormonism across the world and how an American religion makes its way into cultural, national and social systems beyond the United States.  We discover that Mormonism isn't the clean and tidy fit that some have romanticised it to be.  Mormons outside of the United States invariably pay a heavy tax in trying to negotiate the cultural, social, economic and political demands placed on them by their Utah-based faith tradition.

Nepia Mahuika is a 6th generation LDS who was asked one too many times to choose between being Mormon or Māori.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm MDT

John Bonner (clinical social worker, singer and grower of flowers) joins me to talk about his growth into manhood as young and gay in one of the most religiously conservative areas in the Mormon corridor.  He shares his story of trying to make sense of his young self in a religious and social context in which his kind of manhood was daily rejected.   His story is heartbreaking but tinged with moments of delight as he gradually learns to accept, understand and love himself notwithstanding a faith tradition that has shown how little it values him.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:36am MDT

Blaire Ostler joins me to discuss God -   God as feminine and masculine; God in Mormon theology; God as a plurality; God as a creator; God without the biological need to procreate; the God of our own imagination ...and much more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm MDT

Daniel Hernandez, PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland, is Mayan but grew up in Rose Park, Salt Lake City, Utah among a mostly Tongan and Samoan community.  As both observer and participant in the various cultures of 'Brown Utah' we discuss Kava and the importance of cultivating and preserving traditional practices that build connection to home islands.

(Kava as a root extract  from a plant found in the Pacific Islands and is consumed as a drink in ceremony.  Both Kava drinks and the ceremonies associated have come under General Authority criticism from time to time.  BYU-Hawaii and some local leaders have banned it outright.)

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm MDT

The Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh began life as Muslim, converted as a teenager to the LDS Church, served a mission, taught LDS Institute and then, responding to a call, she attended Duke Divinity School.  Following a period of discernment, she was recently ordained a Baptist minister.

Her call to ministry is part of a colourful journey into finding a God for all and for the least.  God is too often the product of a White Western Patriarchy and as a Black, Brown women whose spiritual life was percolated in the intersection of different faith traditions Fatimah is passionate about  preaching a God that holds, loves and ministers to everyone.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm MDT

The Book of Mormon has been claimed by the LDS Church to be a history of Native Americans.  While this proposition has been scaled back over the years it's still somewhat present in a literalist view of the text.  But why is it that Native Americans are only rarely and then selectively consulted in the conversation as to the book's origins?  Surely the church and Mormon scholars, if they take seriously this claim, should be beating a determined path to the door of Native Americans to receive their wisdom and input.  But they aren't.  

Thomas Murphy (Mohawk) and I discuss this dynamic;  why it might be? And, what is the potential for the faith in allowing for the very voices that are central to the Book of Mormon narrative. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm MDT

Chris Smith is not LDS but has been fascinated with the tradition since he dated the local Mormon bishop's daughter in high school.  His research as a religious historian has lead him to the conclusion that Joseph Smith sought to resolve 19th Century America's political conundrums allegorically through the Book of Mormon.  He argues that Joseph's hope was that one day the church he established would redeem the USA and become the Kingdom of God on Earth.  

The Book of Mormon is not, he argues, a literal history of an extinct Native American civilization unless the civilization was experiencing exactly the same political, social, economic, racial and cultural issues that characterized antebellum USA.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29am MDT

David Conley Nelson has written an extensive account of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nazi Germany in his book "Moroni and the Swastika'.  Desperate to keep the church alive during World War II  the Mormons exploited congruences between the faith and the Nazi Party with shocking results.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm MDT

I catch up with Sam Brown for a very quick chat about this cultural moment that sees us grappling with the question of the Book of Mormon as a 'translation'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm MDT

Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, and the 2017 fellow at the Maxwell Institute at BYU joins me to discuss the state of Mormon Studies.  We discuss the need for new conversations regarding the Book of Mormon and the place of Joseph Smith in the tradition.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:03am MDT

Professor Richard Bushman's contribution to contemporary Mormon Studies cannot be overstated.  In this interview we discuss the need for a refreshed understanding of the idea of the 'translation' of the Book of Mormon; the imperative for a more supple Mormon conversation, and  the urgency for us to speak up with candor at church.  We also talk about the upcoming Mormon Art Center Festival at Riverside Church in New York City.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am MDT

Carolina Allen, founder of Big Ocean Women, discusses the motivation behind her desire to find a space for women away from some of the more aggressive politics that progressive feminism is known for.  Rather than seeing a more gentle and inclusive feminism as weak, she sees a peaceful, non-combative posture as more powerful, inviting and intuitive.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

Natasha Helfer Parker, Mindy Gledhill, Jana Spangler, Andrea Radke-Moss and Rachel Hunt Steenblik discuss their experiences at the Women's March in Washington DC and New York City.  Contrary to Sister Elaine Dalton's observation each of these women found the event to be sacred, peaceful and transformative.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm MDT

How did The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints become an over-bloated corporate bureaucracy?  What are the implications for the way in which the church practices religion, and for the way it inspires faith? Ron and Josh Madson address these questions and share some reflections about how all of this squares up with the God's passion for justice and Jesus' call for the relief of the poor.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm MDT

A conversation about the the Disney film 'Moana', its meaning and its significance and as 'Polynesian' Mormon women.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am MDT

Mormon women, particularly those from Utah, aren't necessarily known for their assertiveness. Socialized in a heavy patriarchy, too many women are socialized to accept that surrender to the authority of masculinity is necessary for their salvation.  Julie de Azevedo Hanks takes this cultural habit on in her recently published The Assertiveness Guide for Women.  Drawing from her extensive research and work in this area Julie joins Gina to discuss the religious and cultural influences that might complicate a woman's desire to be assertive along with good advice about what to do about that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm MDT

A candid chat with sex, marriage and family therapists Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo Hanks about Wendy Nelson's controversial talk at the January 2017 Young Single Adult World Wide Broadcast - part two

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm MDT

A candid chat with sex, marriage and family therapists Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo Hanks about Wendy Nelson's controversial talk at the January 2017 Young Single Adult World Wide Broadcast.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm MDT

Guest's from across the world share their objection to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's forthcoming appearance at Donald Trump's inauguration.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm MDT

Peter Bleakley has had an intriguing journey in Mormonism, born at BYU to British parents he grew up in England loving the Mormon theology and teachings and enjoying a life in the church that he treasures.   Of late he's less pleased with the church's departure from the Mormonism he came to love and has much to say these days about the seemingly uninspired corporatization of the church.  Yet, he remains on the pews, faithfully serving, but with hope that one day Mormonism will recapture the vision that once had his heart.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22am MDT

Recently 16-year-old Abel Nelson's Sunday School Teacher asked her students to submit questions that they might have about the church.  Abel discusses these questions with host, Gina Colvin.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm MDT

Recently released Bishop, Richard Ostler reflects on his ministry to the hundreds of young people on the fringes of the church in his YSA Ward in Magna, Utah.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm MDT

While in the United States LDS church finances are not publically accessible, this isn't the case in Commonwealth countries where the LDS church is usually registered as a charitable trust.  In this episode Chris Mace gives an overview of the annual financial reports of Canada, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm MDT

When Isabella Parker (Witchita, Kansas) was 14 years old she joined her school's Gay Straight Alliance and she submitted a profile to Ordain Women.  At the same time she was also called to be the Mia Maid Class President.  When her bishop discovered Isabella's social justice activities, things changed dramatically for her and her family.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am MDT

Part Two of Enmeshed Family Systems.  A discussion with psychoanalyst Wendy Christian about enmeshment and differentiation in the Mormon context.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm MDT

Part one of the Enmeshed Mormon Family Systems episode.  In this episode Lacey, Paula and Delilah discuss their experiences being in enmeshed families and they reflect on the effect on their family when their engagement with the church shifted or when they differentiated.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm MDT

The Open Stories Foundation Podcast team gather together to discuss the fall-out over the US Elections.  They offer some advice on how to get through this somewhat divisive and challenging time.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:39am MDT

A conversation with Mormon political commentators Brad Kramer, Joshua Madson, Mehrsa Baradaran about the US Presidential elections.  They tackle the question 'What happened to America?'  & 'What happened to the Mormons?'

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm MDT

Mica McGriggs, Kalani Tonga and Fatimah Salleh discuss what it means to be women of colour in an American church that so overwhelmingly voted for a candidate who leveraged American's deep-seated racism to win the 2016 Presidential election.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm MDT

One of the core teachings of the LDS church is that everyone is born with an essential gender identity based on one's biological sex.    Either you are male or female.  Intersex upsets the notion that there are always clear biological sex distinctions.  Emily Quinn has XY chromosomes, she has no ovaries, no uterus but identifies as a girl - with testes, demonstrating how muddied the idea of the binary male/female can be.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm MDT

A discussion with Dakota Professor Elise Boxer about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the sacred work of protecting our environment in a world filled with corporate greed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:09am MDT

A conversation with contemporary spiritual artist J.Kirk Richards about the power of art to create social disruption.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm MDT

In late October 2016 the LDS replaced their Mormons and Gays orphan/unofficial website with a new site linked to LDS.org.  While softer in tone Kimberly Anderson, Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen and Natasha Helfer Parker raise some important critical questions about its usefulness particularly in therapeutic contexts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54am MDT

What happens when a life that seemed so perfect implodes and you are left to reassemble everything?  Suzy Benson Billies tells her story about her recovery and growth and the joy that waiting for her on the other side of suffering.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am MDT

Part two of a collaboration with Lindsay Hansen Park from 'A Year of Polygamy' where we discuss the new book 'The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy' with author Carol Lynn Pearson.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am MDT

Part One of a collaboration with Lindsay Hansen Park from 'A Year of Polygamy'.  We discuss Carol Lynn Pearson's new book - 'The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy.'

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am MDT

Assistant Director of Sunstone, Lindsay Hansen Park and Gina Colvin discuss the state, purpose and future of progressive Mormonism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am MDT

A discussion with Ordain Women Chair Bryndis Roberts about the latest OW actions along with a consideration of the feminine divine in Mormonism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm MDT

Noah Rasheta shares his thoughts on Buddhist practice and how it can be integrated into a Mormon life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm MDT

A conversation with writer and philosophy professor Adam Miller about his new book Future Mormon.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm MDT

A conversation with a co-director of the Mormon Women's Oral History Project,  Liz Johnson about what it means to collect stories from ordinary Mormon women, the power and the importance of them for Mormon women's history.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm MDT

Gary McNaughton, Roy Hann and Nathan McCluskey discuss American Mormon Cultural Imperialism and its effects in Scotland.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm MDT

In this discussion we talk about the issues related to LGBTQ Mormon Youth suicide and how we can build more loving, inclusive and compassionate communities for all regardless of sexual orientation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm MDT

Executive Director of the Kaizan Foundation - an American non-profit who specializes in sending groups of young people to orphanages in the Global South.


A further conversation with Thomas McConkie, author of Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Development Map about developing a compassionate response in hard spiritual times.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm MDT

A discussion with Exponent II board member Suzette Smith about her faith journey, and her passion for Mormonism's oldest and most well established feminist magazines.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm MDT

A discussion with American and Religious Artist Greg Olsen about his work and what it means to paint Jesus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm MDT

A discussion with Brad Levin, a founder of Free BYU, about the practices and policies that discriminate against st udents who change their beliefs or disaffiliate from the LDS Church, and what FreeBYU are doing about it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm MDT

Gina's interview with Lynn Packer about his book "Lying for the Lord" that covers the story of Paul H. Dunn's sanction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm MDT

Part two of Henning Muller's interview with Lynne Packer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm MDT

In the Parts One and Two  Henning interviews Lynn about his life, work with broadcasting in Vietnam, his interaction with and feelings for his uncle Boyd and the events that led up to the publication of the Book “Lying for the Lord – The Paul H. Dunn Stories” as well as the AFCO Fraud scandal where Paul Dunn had acted as co-president. We also discuss Lynn’s thoughts on the LDS Church’s stance on contemporary issues.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm MDT

Jensen and McKay have recently edited a collection of essays from 33 US Mormons about their thoughts on 21st century Zion.  We discuss contemporary notions of Zion and discover there is still much to say about this transcendent idea.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm MDT

Tariq Khan an anti-authoritarian and anti-colonial activist and Mormon with Muslim Pakistani roots discusses the current political context that has lead to the rise of fascism in the United States fueled by Donald Trump.

We talk about the violence of white supremacy and imperialism and how the Book of Mormon can give us another way of looking at historical and contemporary violence and its remedies and how Mormons can, of their own accord, side with the most oppressed.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54am MDT

Mormon Millennial and Blogger Jon Ogden challenges us to find a balanced intersection between truth, beauty and goodness as a way of managing faith crisis.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm MDT

Atlanta based attorney Bryndis Roberts is the chair-elect of Ordain Women.  In 2008 Bryndis joined the LDS church from the Black Baptist church, served for a number of years as a  Relief Society President in an inner city Atlanta Ward  soon discovering several concerns with gender inequality in Mormon leadership.  In this podcast Bryndis talks about why she is so passionate about women's ordination.  We discuss the hope that she believes gender equality will offer the church in terms of its spiritual health and survival.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm MDT

Author and scholar Charles Inouye discusses his book The End of World:  Plan B, A Guide for the Future.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

A discussion with feminist theologian and scholar Caroline Kline.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am MDT

Author and academic Mehrsa Baradaran joins me to discuss her unique Mormon upbringing, her work on Wall Street, and the Christian ethics of the financial system.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am MDT

A Discussion with change designer Russ Osmond.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm MDT

A discussion with change designer Russ Osmond.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm MDT

A discussion with author Patrick Mason about his book "Planted":  Belief and belonging in an age of doubt.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm MDT

In this discussion we talk about faith and its meanings in Mormonism.  We consider Robin Meyer's 2013 Beecher Lectures at Yale at wonder together about his proposition that Faith IS Crisis.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm MDT

A frank and open conversation with three insightful Mormon lesbian and gay youth.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm MDT

A discussion with author Patrick Mason about his book 'Planted - Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt.'  Including co-host Dan Wotherspoon of Mormon Matters and Boyd Peterson editor of Dialogue:  A Journal of Mormon thought.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm MDT

A discussion with Greg Prince about this cultural moment in Mormonism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm MDT

A conversation with Mormon subversive and Mormon social media celebrity Jerilyn Hassell Pool.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm MDT

Indie pop musician Mindy Gledhill joins us at A Thoughtful Faith to discuss her life, her career, her personal politics and her changing world view.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm MDT

A discussion with Mormon feminist scholar Joanna Brooks.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:11am MDT

Direct download: Jacob_Hess.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm MDT

Direct download: Church_Policy_Changes_and_their_Legal_Contexts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm MDT

A discussion with Julie Hanks from Hollywood to Utah, from music to counselling.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:39am MDT