Posts Tagged ‘ priesthood ’

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

March 1, 2014
Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

It’s common for teens and new members to receive a patriarchal blessing, directed to them as an individual.  Looking back, how do you feel about your patriarchal blessing? Discuss.

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

By the Waters of Babylon: My Reaction to the Response to the OW Action

October 10, 2013
By the Waters of Babylon: My Reaction to the Response to the OW Action

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. (Psalms 137:1) As a teenager, many Sunday afternoons were spent singing with my family, whilst my mother played guitar. I became familiar with the round ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, in which Israel laments its captivity, long before I […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 47 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 »

Why It’s Tough to be a Mormon Man

July 2, 2013
Why It’s Tough to be a Mormon Man

A lot of posts in the bloggernacle focus on the difficulties of being a woman in a church (and society) that has sexist and patriarchal norms.  What about the ways in which that culture is difficult for men?  Feminists acknowledge that men are harmed and limited by these same systems, albeit in different ways than […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Brother Jake: Mormons are not Racist

May 1, 2013
Brother Jake: Mormons are not Racist

I enjoyed my experiment with Mormonism and sexism so much that I decided to do the same with Mormonism and racism. The results were remarkably similar. One thing making this video got me thinking about was the light of Christ. In LDS scripture, the light of Christ is characterized not only as the force that […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 39 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 »

Male Ordination: Weekend Poll

April 20, 2013
Male Ordination:  Weekend Poll

The ordain women movement is focused on asking why females should not be ordained.  Let’s flip that around and ask why males are ordained. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Brother Jake: Mormons are Not Sexist

April 18, 2013
Brother Jake: Mormons are Not Sexist

I decided to do an experiment: if you ran through all the explanations for why the structure of Mormonism isn’t sexist back to back, how long would it take before you completely contradicted yourself? Turns out about 30 seconds. For all we try and magnify the positive and downplay the negative, the fact of the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Priesthood | 52 Comments »

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Mormon Edition

April 9, 2013
You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!  Mormon Edition

In January 2012, I did a blog post about topics women in the church were discussing.  I identified 10 practices that some women saw as unnecessarily discriminate or that were in other ways causing women to question their value in the church.  This was in response to a request Pres. Beck made of Mormon Mommy […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 36 Comments »

Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

March 31, 2013
Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

Recently one of my online friends requested that I write about healing stories within the Mormon faith. My first thought was to share the traditional stories those of us who have been around the Mormon Church for awhile have all heard.  I’m sure there are many bloggers out there who are well more versed on […]

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Posted in Faith | 16 Comments »

Mormon Doctrine: Priestesses

March 25, 2013
Mormon Doctrine:  Priestesses

There has been a  lot of buzz in the bloggernacle lately.  A Facebook group was created in February called Let Women Pray in General Conference.  To the surprise of many, Salt Lake Tribune’s Peggy Fletcher Stack is reporting that women are scheduled to pray in General Conference for the first time next month.  Is this […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 42 Comments »

The Cult of Motherhood

February 12, 2013
The Cult of Motherhood

I recently read an article in The Nation called “I’m Not Mother First.”  I also just finished reading Betty Friedan’s well-known tome, The Feminine Mystique, a book that turns 50 years old this year.  As I read the Feminine Mystique, there were several times when the cultural observations seemed anachronistic to me.  I have sometimes […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

Levitical/Aaronic Priesthood

December 6, 2012
Levitical/Aaronic Priesthood

I’d like to start a new series on the Bible Dictionary.  Of course you could look up the answer, but I want to see how many get it right without looking.  See how well you do on the quiz before I give you the answer.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

The Non-verbal 1978 Revelation

October 15, 2012
The Non-verbal 1978 Revelation

The past General Conference marks the 34th anniversary of the ratification of Official Declaration 2, removing any restrictions on priesthood with regards to race.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been reading the Lengthen Your Stride: Working Draft.  Chapter 22 provides more information than is available in Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball. […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations | 27 Comments »

Women in General Conference: Weekend Poll

October 6, 2012
Women in General Conference:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of bloggernacle discussion over the years about how to make women feel more equal in the male-dominated General Conference. What other ideas do you have? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

Priesthood Power in the Church

August 16, 2012
Priesthood Power in the Church

Understanding the priesthood administrative structure and the balance of authority between stakes and the presiding quorums is one of the keys to understanding gender issues in the church today. Yep. It’s another post about women and the priesthood.

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 45 Comments »

Empowering Women God’s Way

August 1, 2012
Empowering Women God’s Way

Any woman can receive the power of the priesthood, and with it the ministering of angels and the presence of God. So says Sheri Dew, Virginia Pearce, and Joseph Smith. An interesting new book releases tomorrow.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief, Priesthood | 12 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 »

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 »

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