On Facing a Church Court


My most recent Sunday at church. That’s me on the wheel.


Apparently, some of my fringier critics are spreading the allegation that I’ve either recently been, or am about to be, subjected to Church disciplinary action — allegedly for my supposed defiance of the Brethren, or some such thing.


I have, to the best of my recollection, never been summoned before any Church disciplinary council, and, so far as I’m aware, am not going to be.  I’m currently a Gospel Doctrine teacher in my ward.  My relationship with the leaders of the Church continues, I believe, to be quite good.


Certain of my critics are, shall we say, ethically challenged.



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  • Grantley

    Yeah, well, just because it has no basis in fact doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

    • danpeterson

      That’s absolutely true. In a non-factual kind of way.

  • Ryan

    I understand that, in the grainy photo above, Ward leaders are attempting to call you as an emissary to the regional Angela Lansbury symposium.

    Note the relaxed look on your face — like you’re receiving a spa treatment.

    By the way, are you aware that she performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2002? “Not While I’m Around” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq9SJRgA2tg)

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    Since Church Disciplinary Councils are confidential, especially before any decision has been reached, then anyone publicizing an upcoming hearing is themselves violating Church policy and is potentially subject to a hearing on the status of their membership. A breach in the integrity of the hearing procedure of that kind renders any deliberation improper and could only proceed when a different stake presidency and high council were convened to consider the matter. In other words, the rumor is its own refutation.

  • http://mhjasinski@comcast.net Mark Jasinski

    I see you are acquainted with Bernardo Gui.