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Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

July 17, 2014
Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

On Monday 14 July 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops following five hours of debate. Women were first ordained as deacons from 1985 onwards, the issue of ordaining women having first appeared on the agenda at the Lambeth Conference back in 1920 (see resolutions 47-54). The […]

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Church Reform the Franciscan Way

July 16, 2014
Church Reform the Franciscan Way

I’m currently enjoying a holiday in Italy.  I was in Assisi a few days ago, visiting the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis, covered in sombre, mysterious frescos chronicling his life.  I was struck at how revolutionary Francis was for his day, having the audacity to preach to the people on the street in Italian without […]

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Hobby Lobby (weekend poll)

July 12, 2014
Hobby Lobby (weekend poll)

The Supreme Court recently ruled that a “closely held” corporation can refuse to pay for contraception on religious grounds.  (The contraceptive mandate was a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.)

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Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

Liberal Apostasy and a “Journey to the East”

July 2, 2014
Liberal Apostasy and a “Journey to the East”

Hermann Hesse’s novella Journey to the East can be read as an allegory for our current struggle with apostasy and excommunication.  It is the story of an older man named H. H., who recalls his youthful participation in a religious group called The League.  He has fond memories of his experiences in the League, in […]

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Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

June 28, 2014
Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have issued a statement today regarding Priesthood, questioning and apostasy. The full text of the statement is: Office of the First Presidency 47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 June 28, 2014 In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Uncategorized | 91 Comments »

Saved or Not Saved? (Weekend Poll)

June 28, 2014
Saved or Not Saved?  (Weekend Poll)

“Who then can be saved?”  Wouldn’t you like to know? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Mormonism: Monastic or Pragmatic?

June 25, 2014
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Kate Kelly and John Dehlin (if excommunicated) may lose some of their notoriety and influence.  But the questions that drove them to the brink (female inequality and homosexuality) are not going away and will be burning brighter than ever in the coming years.  In my last post I attempted to reframe these questions within the […]

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Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

June 21, 2014
Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

First things first.  What’s on your sandwich? And while we’re at it. Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Introducing restorepolygamy.com

June 20, 2014
Introducing restorepolygamy.com

In light of two key events happening in the US and within the Church, we are excited to announce the latest in member-driven agitation. As you know, the US is rapidly moving toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriage (SSM). The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and many individual states […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Beware the Bride of Christ

June 18, 2014
Beware the Bride of Christ

Much of the angst (and the gloating) surrounding the latest excommunication scares is fed by what I believe is a slight misunderstanding of the church.   In general, I would say that those who gloat over potential excommunications believe that the church and its prophets are pretty close to perfect, reflecting the glory of heaven on […]

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Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

June 7, 2014
Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

What hurts testimonies and results in people leaving the church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 49 Comments »

In Defence of our Local Leaders: The Otterson Letter

June 5, 2014
In Defence of our Local Leaders: The Otterson Letter

The recent letter from Michael Otterson, public affairs, appears to indicate that only one of the very many issues some Mormon women have with the church has been recognised and acknowledged: namely, difficulties with local leaders. He recommends greater recognition that “we are all human, and occasionally we say things clumsily or we lack sufficient […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, Women | 42 Comments »

The Modern Mommy Crisis

June 4, 2014
The Modern Mommy Crisis

The modern world has screwed mothers.  On the one hand, they are raising children and caring for the home same as they have been doing for generations.  But the demands of parenting today’s children are far greater than they ever have been in human history.  Additionally, women today are expected to take advantage of the […]

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Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

Do as I say, not as I do.  Is the church doing a good job of living the gospel?  Do we fall short?  Are we a good example? How about our leaders?  What qualities do they exemplify? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

We know why it ended, and we know the Book of Mormon condemns it.  Why did polygamy start in the Mormon church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Infantile Omnipotence: the Power of Faith and Placebo

May 28, 2014
Infantile Omnipotence: the Power of Faith and Placebo

A few weeks ago I was listening to an episode on Radiolab which recounted a number of fascinating stories about the power of placebo, including this story on the power of hypnosis.  I strongly recommend listening to it if you have the time.  Dr. Mason’s story is at 21:00. The Remarkable Case of Dr. Albert […]

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