Posts Tagged ‘ church policy ’

Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

September 17, 2011
Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

“Finally have put a finger on an issue I have with the priesthood of this church. A lot of you want us to embrace, uphold, accept and defend the practicing homosexual. Why is it that because I do not agree with you that you try to paint me as hateful to everyone else?” Thus began […]

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Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

September 13, 2011
Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

My son’s recent experience in early morning seminary caused me to look a little more closely at the church’s stance (or perhaps lack thereof) on evolution.  While teaching about the book of Genesis, his teacher made a few claims: that she is not descended from monkeys that the earth is literally 6,000 years old that evolution contradicts the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Science and Religion | 107 Comments »

Retiring the Term “Inactive”

September 8, 2011
Retiring the Term “Inactive”

The terms “less-active” and “inactive” are slowly being dropped from church vocabulary, but you won’t hear it announced from the stand.  Earlier this year in a training led by the Area Presidency, UK stake public relations committees were informed that the church no longer classifies people as less-active or inactive; everyone is simply just members of the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 38 Comments »

Conflicting Opinions

July 14, 2011
Conflicting Opinions

Is the church antagonistic toward academics and others with conflicting opinions?  Critics would say yes.  I suggest that the real issue is that some members (even those in leadership roles) do not know how to deal effectively with disagreement within the church’s culture.  Today is another post by guest Jake. As Boyd K. Packer taught, the purpose of correlation […]

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If I Were In Charge: Stop Requiring Specific Donations For Spiritual Participation

July 13, 2011
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Being willing to give away what we have is essential.  Christ told us that we need to be willing to impart of our possessions and to have charity towards others.  Zakat (almsgiving) is one of the fundamental Five Pillars of Islam.  Dana (generosity or giving) in Buddhism is essential to purify oneself and is one […]

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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
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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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Posted in Church Policy | 40 Comments »

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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Posted in Church Policy | 93 Comments »

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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