Posts Tagged ‘ leadership ’

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

November 9, 2013
Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

Confidentiality is all about trust.  In the Catholic church, if priests reveal information others won’t trust that their confessions will be confidential and may choose not to confess (leaving them in a state of sin).  Likewise, Mormons expect confidentiality when they speak to a church leader.  Do all parties in bishop’s interviews deserve full confidentiality […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood | 14 Comments »

Expectation of Privacy (Weekend Poll)

October 26, 2013
Expectation of Privacy (Weekend Poll)

Have you ever felt your ears were burning at church or had a sneaking suspicion you were being discussed?  It’s gossip and tittle-tattle when members do it.  What is it in ward council?  Where is the line of privacy drawn? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

The Lord’s Anointed: Weekend Poll

July 20, 2013
The Lord’s Anointed:  Weekend Poll

Is the caution not to speak ill of the Lord’s anointed meant to prevent blasphemy or to prevent criticism of leaders’ actions?  Is it meant to create community cohesion or does it enforce loyalty to unhealthy degree?   This idea comes from the Old Testament (Psalms 105) and is not unique to Mormonism.  Is it […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Jesus, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Leadership Roulette

July 9, 2013
Leadership Roulette

As I’ve said previously, in a church with 32,000 bishops, they can’t all be winners.  The term leadership roulette refers to when you encounter a bad leader, someone who does what folks on the internet call “ecclesiastical abuse” like manipulating you with threats or taking unwarranted actions against you.  Especially for those who feel insecure […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 89 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

April 26, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

The headline is clear. Community of Christ will provide sacramental ordinances of marriage, commitment ceremonies, and ordination independent of sexual orientation in the USA. Specifically, after two days of discussion, the USA National Conference formally approved by a required 2/3rds majority the following recommendations to the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve: The 2013 USA […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Violence | 34 Comments »

Christianity at the Crossroads: Women Bishops

April 25, 2013
Christianity at the Crossroads: Women Bishops

The week from 17 March saw the inauguration of both the new Pope, Pope Francis, and the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. To mark that historic occasion the BBC broadcast a debate entitled Christianity at the Crossroads. The panellists were: Matthew Parris (MP) – former Conservative MP; Dr Anna Rowlands (AR) – Catholic theologian; […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church | 19 Comments »

Confessing Sexual Sins: Weekend Poll

April 13, 2013
Confessing Sexual Sins:  Weekend Poll

How much detail is appropriate in a confession?  When does a leader go from being helpful to being pruriently interested in the lurid details of a confessor’s love life?  Where do you draw the line? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 6 Comments »

Being Voluntold: Weekend Poll

April 6, 2013
Being Voluntold:  Weekend Poll

It’s tough to be the leader trying to fill volunteer assignments in the ward:  food to take to the sick or bring to an activity, helpers for a scouting drive, people to clean the church, people to feed the missionaries. It always seems like the same handful of people do all the work. Some leaders […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

Who Determines Worthiness?

April 2, 2013
Who Determines Worthiness?

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview?  The bishop?  The individual?  The questions? Other methods of discernment?  Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 28 Comments »

COB and the Roman Curia: Balancing Management and Spiritual Leadership

March 21, 2013
COB and the Roman Curia: Balancing Management and Spiritual Leadership

The LDS church with some 14.7 million members is a fraction of the size of  the Roman Catholic church with over 1.2 billion. As with my last post however, I feel drawn to the similarities in the hierarchical organisations, and the institutions that assist with the day to day running of both organisations. The Catholic […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Roman Catholic Church | 48 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Seeking Truth

February 14, 2013
Seeking Truth

Today’s post is by new perma and longtime commenter, Hedgehog.  On 10 January, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed young single adults at the firstCES devotional of the year.  The title of his address is ‘What is truth?’.  This has also been addressed by David Taymon who was rather quick off the mark. Truth, as a topic, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

Emeritus Apostles: Weekend Poll

November 17, 2012
Emeritus Apostles:  Weekend Poll

“Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.”  Tom Stoppard How old is too old?  Is older always wiser?  We retire GAs, but not apostles or prophets.  Should we? Discuss.

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet | 28 Comments »

Mapping Elections and Mormonism

November 5, 2012
Mapping Elections and Mormonism

“Maps are powerful tools”, said John Hamer at the 2011 John Whitmer Historical Association meetings. His remarks have be published in the latest issue of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal (Fall/Winter 2012). He goes on to say Beyond their capacity to dazzle, maps allow historians to organize information in a completely different way than […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Training Priestesshood

July 25, 2012
from Daughters In My Kingdom

A friend of mine serves in a Stake Relief Society Presidency and recently shared with me her concerns about an upcoming leadership training. One suggestion is a lavish, pampering evening in one of the nicer homes in the stake to nourish the souls of the women who nourish other women’s souls. It’s a suggestion borne […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 47 Comments »

The Parable of the Principals

July 8, 2012
hand-fed-hummingbirds

In two short weeks this leader changed an ingrained reactionary culture to an open, trusting platform. Discuss your thoughts about sharing stewardships and creating relationships that make things happen.

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Posted in Agency, Morality | 14 Comments »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

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