Posts Tagged ‘ church policy ’

If I Were In Charge: Overview & Topical Guide

July 6, 2011
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I know it seems a bit odd to explain the purpose of a series after the series has already started, but there has been some confusion and I think I perhaps haven’t explained my goal with enough detail.  I’ve described various bits and pieces in the different posts, but here it is all together.  At […]

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Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

June 11, 2011
Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

In response to revelatory guidance accepted at its 2010 World Conference, the Community of Christ scheduled a US National Conference for the summer of 2012 specifically to deal with questions of sacramental marriage and priesthood ordination for GLBT members of the church. On May 25, the church announced a delay in the US National Conference […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Politics | 21 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Tithe the Church’s For-Profit Businesses

June 7, 2011
MormonsInc

We belong to a rich church.  Exact numbers are hard to come by, but the assets are likely worth tens of billions US$.  While there are obviously a lot of assets in things like temples, BYU campuses, institute buildings, Church headquarters and buildings, chapels and other land, there are also a lot for “for-profit” assets. […]

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Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

May 28, 2011
Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

“Bring a miracle and request a table. Those you heal must accept you into their homes….The deliberate conjunction of magic and meal,  miracle and table, free compassion and open commensality,  was a challenge launched not just at Judaism’s strictest purity regulations,…but at civilization’s eternal inclination to draw lines, invoke boundaries, establish hierarchies, and maintain discriminations…. […]

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If I Were In Charge: Make “I Believe” As Valid As “I Know” In Testimonies

May 24, 2011
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“Brothers and Sisters.  I’d like to bear my testimony.  I don’t know this Church is true…” Have you ever heard a testimony like this?  And what would you think if someone got up next Fast Sunday and started their testimony like that?  Before getting into what a testimony like this might really be saying, I […]

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If I Were In Charge: Ignore Tattoos

May 15, 2011
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In my field of medicine, I often see people in various states of undress depending on why they are there.  I may see someone’s leg or shoulder or arm or back.  And a lot of people have tattoos (even here in Utah).  Over the years, I’ve come to truly appreciate tattoos.  I almost always ask […]

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Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

May 14, 2011
Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

There are some nutritious and delicious meals that you would never eat if you knew what was in them before you sat down at the table. I would never have had scrambled eggs, for example, if they’d first been described to me as ground-up unfertilized bird embryos. I had heard bad things about the Jesus […]

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If I Were In Charge: Separate Marriage From Sealing

May 10, 2011
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Just over a week ago was the Royal Wedding.  Unlike my mother (who actually stayed up from 2-6 AM to watch it live), I watched selections of it through the beauty of DVR and and, strangely enough, I was actually captivated by portions of it.  One of the main things I appreciated from the wedding […]

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If I Were In Charge: Change Women’s Garments (And Men’s)

May 1, 2011
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Some people make the current format of garments into a “Sacred Molehill”  I would change them.  Before immediately discounting this, there is a very good rationale, so please read on.  And as mentioned in last week’s introduction to this series entitled “Stop Counting Earrings“, I don’t actually suggest changing anything doctrinal, so the suggestions regarding […]

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If I Were In Charge: Stop Counting Earrings

April 27, 2011
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This is the start of a new series which will run intermittently with the Science & Religion posts.  It is based on some of the comments from a previous post (Good vs Great: Iomega and General Conference Statistics) discussing Church membership statistics and where the Church may or may not be heading if recent trends […]

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Church Reboots and Science Fiction

April 16, 2011
Church Reboots and Science Fiction

I was in high school when the original Star Trek television series premiered. As nerdy then as I am now, I watched every episode, and every re-run, and every afternoon syndication for years. I finally stopped — not because I wasn’t interested in the Star Trek universe, which was infinitely expandable (as multiple incarnations have […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

The King’s F#!$@ Speech (inc. Poll)

April 12, 2011
The King’s F#!$@ Speech (inc. Poll)

Many of you will have followed the controversy surrounding the film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham-Carter.  The Oscar-winning film is about a reluctant future king of England who speaks with a stutter, a major difficulty for someone whose main duty is speech-making.  What is unusual about this ratings controversy […]

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Progressive Elements at General Conference

April 5, 2011
Progressive Elements at General Conference

First, I must start with a confession.  I haven’t yet watched General Conference.  Despite living in the future here in Asia, we are living in the past in terms of General Conference which will be aired at the local church next weekend (or alternatively, live on-line now).  However, I have read some of the recaps, […]

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Development of LDS Temple Worship

March 7, 2011
Development of LDS Temple Worship

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail a few weeks ago.  I received an advance copy of The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History from Signature Books.  It will be released on March 24, and I just added it to my Books and Movies page.  If you pre-order, Amazon is offering it for 34% […]

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Policy vs. Doctrine

February 1, 2011
Policy vs. Doctrine

In discussions on the bloggernacle, the subject of how change happens in the church often comes up.  We often talk past either other when it comes to defining “changes” within the church.  There seem to be different views about policy vs. doctrine and why change happens in the church: View 1:  Policy changes are just […]

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Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

December 21, 2010
Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

A recent post at neighboring blog, BCC, talks about the rising percentage of 20- and 30-somethings who claim “none” as their religion.  Historically, the church has experienced a lot of attrition in this age range, either YSAs (Young Single Adults) who find the strict adherence to the law of chastity increasingly difficult to navigate or […]

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Woman in the Priesthood

December 11, 2010
Woman in the Priesthood

Today’s guest post is by TH, who is a woman serving in the Office of High Priest in the Community of Christ. Since this portion of the Restoration has ordained women to priesthood for nearly a generation, she offers a prospective “after the dust has settled” on a topic which remains controversial to both traditional […]

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Community of Christ Sets Conditions for Membership and Joins NCC

November 27, 2010
Community of Christ Sets Conditions for Membership and Joins NCC

During the first 10 days of November, the Community of Christ made two historic transitions that profoundly alter its relationship with both Mormonism and Protestantism. First, the church issued new guidance entitled “Baptism, Confirmation, and Church Membership”. Then, a few days later. the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA — usually […]

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The Loneliness of Leadership

November 19, 2010
The Loneliness of Leadership

I was listening to a talk given by President Gordon B. Hinckley on November 4, 1969 entitled “The Loneliness of Leadership.”  The audio is here.  It was given at a BYU devotional.  It is a very interesting talk, as he begins by discussing President Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. He alludes to be somewhat […]

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Community of Christ After Action Report Part 2

November 6, 2010
CofChrist Temple

Last spring at its 2010 World Conference held at its Independence Temple Complex, the Community of Christ canonized Section 164 of its Doctrine and Covenants to address serious controversies within the church. The major point of the revelation was to call the church to separate fundamental, world-wide principles of the gospel from the culturally-dependent problems […]

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