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Speaking Silence

Living with Fallibility

The documents recently released by the LDS Church are important to me because I hope that they will help Latter-day Saints rethink what it means to recognize authority and to have a living prophet.

Benjamin the Scribe

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43: Ezekiel 18, 34, 37.

Up until this point, prophets have largely been northern or southern. Ezekiel is the first of the classical prophets to be prophesying in Babylon. Ezekiel is a priest, or was, before he was forcibly removed to Babylon at age 25, in c. 597/6 BCE.  After being in Babylon five years, Ezekiel receives his calling as [Read More...]

Home Waters

Mormonism, Cosmology, and Environmental Stewardship

I just returned from a marvelous gathering at the Yale Divinity School where scholars and theologians met to discuss the story of the origins of the universe and of life on earth, as told by contemporary science, and its impact on and relevance to Christian belief. More specifically, it was a series of responses to [Read More...]

The Soul and the City

Rome Report: Pres. Eyring and Prof. Wardle Praise Complementarity

I was pleased to receive this email dispatch from Rome from my friend Lynn Wardle, a professor at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School: The Colloquium on Gender Complementarity in Marriage has been a terrific event.  The Vatican has been very positive and supportive.  A lot of very knowledgeable and experienced persons are participating. I [Read More...]

Peculiar People

“Toxic Religion”? The Parable of the Pan

There are “winners and losers” in the wake of the acknowledgment by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that its founder, Joseph Smith, practiced polygamy [and in the subsequent media coverage] . The church itself is a clear winner. This step in the direction of transparency signals Mormonism’s maturity and adaptability in the twenty-first [Read More...]


The Death of Humanism in Our Religionless Future

Physicist Lawrence Krauss apparently suggested this past week that religion could disappear in a single generation if we were to plant doubt effectively in the world’s children. As happened with slavery and opposition to gay marriage, Krauss implied, religion could simply go away as a population of children come into adulthood carrying an intuitive recognition [Read More...]


Anguished Musings on a Frayed Testimony

What is the Atonement? I asked my elder foster brother Jeff. I was 16. During the preceding six years I had been on an enforced hiatus from church activity. I had been trapped, the child and stepchild of a failing mixed faith marriage where my step-father was on a crusade to rid the world of [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

Contextualizing Crises of Faith

It might seem that Latter-day Saints have a corner on the faith-crisis market, especially now that everything and everyone is online. No doubt this is an information age second to none, at least in terms of quantity of info. Still there have been previous information ages, and Mormonism is far from being the oldest let [Read More...]

The Welcome Table

The Great Beatles Birthday Party (A Quiz)

My husband, Bruce, turned sixty-four yesterday. Quiz question #1: Why would we do a big Beatles-themed party for someone turning 64? These were the table decorations. Identify the item, the song it refers to, and which album it’s on: Album? Which song? How many of the truffles can you name? Whose sweet tooth did this [Read More...]

Mormon Therapist

Mixed-Faith Workshop

I am looking into the possibility of hosting a full-day workshop (9am to 5 or 6 pm) for Mormon mixed-faith couples in the Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah area on December 27, 2014. I will be in town visiting family and I thought others might also be in Utah for the holidays who normally are [Read More...]