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PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

October 23, 2014
PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

Sometimes it seems like it’s one PR problem after another, and plenty have fuelled bloggernacle discussions over the last year or so. In this post I’ll be looking at PR as discussed in this BBC R4 Beyond Belief programme, and a recent podcast in which Gina Colvin interviews members Roy and Emma Hann about their […]

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Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

October 21, 2014
Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

My little sister sent me an email yesterday, troubled about just what to make of what I called the “post-crusade era” of SSM in the church. She had the following questions: Should legally married gay/lesbian couples be allowed to take the sacrament? Say hypothetically that this couple wanted to get baptized, would they have to […]

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Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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Posted in Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

The Crusade Against SSM is Officially Over

October 8, 2014
The Crusade Against SSM is Officially Over

The church’s recent statement on the Supreme Court decision was notable for its lack of judgement, with no attempt to exercise political influence. Gone were the phrases “we hope,” “we were disappointed,” “we encourage.” Replacing it was a respectful acknowledgement of the authority of the courts, and an appeal to the free expression of our […]

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Updated: Who’s Privileged?

October 3, 2014
Updated: Who’s Privileged?

Recent blog posts by Kate Kelly and Joanna Brooks on FMHseem to embrace some of what I was trying to convey with this post.  There seems to me, the way that I read those two articles, a recognition that things are not just about white, privileged, Mormon feminists but the net of equality is cast […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 78 Comments »

Forbidden Fire: Eve as Prometheus or Pandora?

October 1, 2014
Forbidden Fire: Eve as Prometheus or Pandora?

A few months ago, I wrote a post positing two theories of Eve: “Eve, the Noble Transgressor,” and “Eve, the Sinner.”  Many Mormons celebrate the Noble Eve: an aspirational figure of righteousness who knew she was doing the right thing by partaking of the fruit.  However, earlier LDS readings viewed Eve in the traditional way, […]

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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

September 11, 2014
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

Two weeks after the kerfuffle over the poster advertising the European Sisters’ Meeting, I was able to attend the broadcast itself. The poster was a bad start, but let’s see how we’re doing from a “show me, don’t tell me” perspective of the position of women in the church. I’ll give a brief overview of […]

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Life is Sacred: A Tribute to Yasujiro Ozu

September 10, 2014
Life is Sacred: A Tribute to Yasujiro Ozu

Film director Yasujiro Ozu’s 1949 masterpiece Late Spring opens with a Japanese tea ceremony.  Women in beautiful kimonos kneel in a circle together, bowing deeply as each new participant arrives.  The hostess starts the ceremony with elaborate formality, each movement choreographed to perfection.  The women in the circle watch in reverent silence.  The camera cuts […]

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Seeing the truth

September 7, 2014
Seeing the truth

Bad things can happen to us, but we do not need to become what has happened to us.

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MD Podcast: Men to Boys

September 6, 2014
menTOBoys

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on “Men To Boys”, a discussion of how the Doctrine of Priesthood adapted and changed over time.   Mormon Discussion Podcast disusses William Hartley’s article “From Men to Boys“. This episode tries to counter our assumptions of how Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood where developed […]

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Thoughts from a Court of Love

September 3, 2014
Thoughts from a Court of Love

I once sat on a completely divided disciplinary council.  Half the council was pressing for excommunication, half for disfellowshipment.   Arguments on both sides were passionate and compelling.  I could see the Stake President struggling under the weight of his approaching decision.  At last he told the quorum, with tears in his eyes: “Brethren, the presidency and I […]

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A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 46 Comments »

Is John Going Down?

August 25, 2014
Is John Going Down?

John Dehlin has posted an update to his discussions with his Stake President.  The stake president has asked John several things in regards to his Mormon Stories and Facebook groups.  There is one item that John has agreed to do.  He was asked to “Resign my status as an ordained minister in another faith” (I signed up […]

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MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

August 23, 2014
MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on Julie Willis’s BYU Speeches Talk   – “Gaining Light through Questioning”  Mormon Discussion Podcast So takes a closer look at the ability to ask tough questions within the LDS culture. – Do you feel comfortable asking tough questions in your Ward and Stake? […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

What’s In a Title?: Weekend Poll

August 23, 2014
What’s In a Title?:  Weekend Poll

In the early days of the church members were addressed as Brother or Sister with their first name.  Later, this was switched to last names.  Some people refer to leaders as always by their title, including after they are released.  Other wards mostly use first names. Discuss.

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Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

August 20, 2014
Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

  In response to Elder Nelson’s recent keynote address at BYU’s commencement (here is a link to a recording of the whole ceremony–the address begins speaking at ~39 minute mark), I made an alternate version of the speech, published on the Infants on Thrones podcast. Find the recording here: http://infantsonthrones.com/?powerpress_pinw=469-podcast

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Mormons and Millennialism

August 20, 2014
Mormons and Millennialism

There are three types of millennialism in Christendom today: pre-millennialism, post-millennialism, and a-millennialism.  Pre-millennialism is the belief that Christ will return after a period of destructive tribulation and bring with Him 1,000 years of peace.  Post-millennialism is the belief that mankind will grow into the millennium through works and righteousness and that Christ will later come […]

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The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Women Giving Blessings: Weekend Poll

August 16, 2014
Women Giving Blessings:  Weekend Poll

There is a history of women in the early days of the church giving blessings.  Should that stay in the past or still be a thing? Defend your answer!  

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Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

August 14, 2014
Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

This last Sunday I was released as Ward Music Chairman, a post I have occupied for a year. I had also been asked to speak in sacrament meeting about the importance of music in the church and in the home. The talk (abridged & adapted) follows. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye […]

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