The Welcome TableWedding Rehearsal Revisited
My husband and I celebrate twenty-eight years of marriage today, May 17th. Bruce, as most of my friends know, was my professor before he was my husband. I got free tuition when I married him. He was thirty-four and insecure. I was twenty-nine and damaged. On one of our early dates, we went to the [...]
Approaching JusticeKant on Duty, Inclination, and Loving Our Enemies.
Along with my dissertation, I have been pondering and working on a project about the idea of loving our enemies. Earlier, I shared a variety of English translations of the fifth book of Matthew verses 43-48. The philosopher Immanuel Kant references these verses, specifically the instruction to love our neighbors and enemies, in his Groundwork [...]
I Believe PodcastWhat Is Death? [Video]
Weʼve all lost those we love, and while there is no easy time to say goodbye, the loss for some is exacerbated by a lack of knowledge or assurance of a life after this one. It can be devastating to contemplate such a loss if we donʼt know that the grief and loss is temporary, [...]
KiwiMormonThe Sacred Mormon Penis
I’ve been thoughtful recently about the cultural privileges that my husband has as a Mormon man in possession of his full male faculties. He is spared a tremendous amount of time thinking and wondering about what it means to be a woman amidst Mormon males. He is simply unburdened by the need to think everything [...]
Home WatersLife’s Insubstantial Pageant
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is for me a kind of touchstone. It is the play I know and probably love the best (although “King Lear” is a contender) and the one I have seen most often performed. I read it as an undergraduate and ended up writing my honors thesis on it as my first bona-fide [...]
Peculiar PeopleIt’s That Time of Year
The mulberry tree in my backyard has just blown seedpods all over the grass, but it’s a male, thank goodness, so we deal with neither the fruit nor the birds who would flock to eat that fruit. An arborist told me the tree is as old as the house (1928). Our church building, a block [...]
Salt and SeedA Review of "The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life"
The best question to ask is not whether this book is deeply right or deeply wrong, but whether it is deeply Mormon.
The Round TableHoliday Podcast Intro
Join the Round Table for this special holiday edition where we discuss favorite family traditions and memories, navigating family dynamics during the stressful holiday season, and how we can teach our children more about gift giving. Plus, a bonus challenge that includes great gift ideas from the Round Table! Check out these free gifts offered for [...]
Speaking SilenceDeath and Resurrection
I still don't understand this central teaching of Christianity, that Christ suffered for my sins and died on the cross for my salvation. But I believe what I do not understand.
Faith-Promoting RumorThe Value of an Outsider’s Perspective
Several years ago I was asked to accompany an investigator to church.We showed up a few minutes early and sat in the chapel. On the way to church, this investigator explained that he had never been to a Christian service before. He seemed quite eager to take in the experience. After I briefly introduced what takes place [...]
Mormon TherapistConversions by Craig Harline
I was recently part of this great bookclub discussion. Very interesting and well written book about the conversion process for individuals and its effects on family systems. Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America with Craig Harline Craig Harline, a native of California, is a cultural historian and a professor of history at [...]