The Mormon Church Leaders Still Don’t Get It

The fact that the Mormon leadership did not at first consider the situation of children of divorced parents shows how out of touch they are with the reality of contemporary families. But even the “clarification” reveals their ignorance of how complex and fluid custodial arrangements can be. [Read more…]

The Mormon Church Punishes the Children of LGBT Parents for the “Apostasy” of Their Parents

Mormon children of LGBT will be barred from all of the sacraments which serve as rites of passage in lives of all other Mormon children, including baptism and serving missions. If these children manage to maintain their faith through 18 years of official ostracism, they may then petition the highest authority of the Mormon church for baptism, but only if they are no longer living in the household of their co-habitating/married LGBT parents, and only if they “disavow” the same-gender cohabitation and/or marriage of their parents, something that is not required of non-LGBT Mormons or their children. [Read more…]

I Saw Two Americas Sunday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, “One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married.” I glowed. It was one of those moments when I really felt like a good parent. [Read more…]

Why this Pagan cares about the LDS Ordain Women movement

Change is coming. It’s not going to come as quickly or as completely as I want, but it is happening right now. And we Pagans have played and continue to play a role in that change. [Read more…]

Being the Allergic Pagan: My lover’s quarrel with the world

The irony of being a Pagan with seasonal allergies symbolizes an essential conflict at the core of my psyche, a conflict between the desire for communion with nature on the one hand and the desire to transcend nature on the other. [Read more…]

Not leaving the Church alone: Sunstone Kirtland Conference

I don’t often write about Mormonism here, and when I do it’s usually as a leaping off point to talk about Paganism or Jungianism.  For those of you who don’t know, I was raised Mormon and left the Mormon Church formally by having my name withdrawn from the Church roles in 2001.  I now infrequently [Read More…]