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A Conversation with Kate Kelly: Feminist and Optimist

Kate Kelly, a recently excommunicated Mormon feminist, is the founder of Ordain Women. Though she has attracted significant media attention she still remains a bit of an enigma. A staunch apologist for the fundamentals of Mormon theology she holds doggedly to the doctrines of continuing revelation and open cannon. At the same time she is an unapologetic feminist and activist. In this podcast interview (posted at 'A Thoughtful Faith')  I talk to Kate about her feminist awakenings, the … [Read More...]

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Saving Zion from America: Theorizing in the aftermath

I've been thinking about Zion.   I am one of a few fortunate Mormon feminists,   I have a bishop and a Stake President who are first and foremost disposed toward love and mercy before judgment and punishment.   They don’t agree with me on several points, but what defines their ministry is inclusion rather than exclusion.  Despite our differences of opinion on some matters I have never felt unwanted, or unneeded.  I have never seen a flicker of irritation cross their faces, nor … [Read More...]

Burying Shirley, Unexcommunicating Kate

My mother-in-law, Shirley, died a week ago.  At the same time as we have been processing her death and all that it means to our family, hovering over me has been the shadow of a different kind of death - the excommunication of Kate Kelly, of Margaret Toscano, of Lavina Fielding Anderson and all of … [Read More...]

Room For All In This Church

We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, its doctrine, and its history—often in spaces afforded by the Internet. In light of possible disciplinary action against prominent voices among us, we … [Read More...]

The Importance of Religious Heresy: Recent Contemplations

So lets talk apostasy. It  might surprise some people but I've actually been accused of apostasy on several occasions and  I'm frequently asked to leave the church.  Interestingly none of this has come from my ecclesiastical leaders of course, just from people whom I don’t know who use … [Read More...]

Paying the Price For Patriarchy

Firstly to my sisters, and brother allies in arms;  You have not wept, cried nor raged alone today.  To Kate Kelly: Your pain is our pain.  The letter  calling you to your religious trial was sent to us all.  Your disciplinary council will put thousands and thousands of men and women all … [Read More...]

Reflections on the New Zealand Regional Broadcast: Why Censorship is Sometimes Necessary

In the October 2010 General Conference Boyd K. Packer made some controversial remarks.  Firstly he claimed that the Proclamation to the Family was a revelation.  Then he suggested that homosexuality was not inborn proclaiming;  “Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they … [Read More...]

Speaking Confidently of Motherhood Memes

This  week some geniuses from the LDS.org meme department published  advice to women about how we  can better relate with each other.  It was in the form of a graphic featuring very young women sustaining three religious directives with their happy smiles:  'Speak Confidently of Motherhood, … [Read More...]

Mormon mystics and managers: The traces of Joseph and Brigham in us

I love the idea that our church had its roots in the spiritual raptures and visions of a mystic.     Mystics have a vast spiritual intuition and are truly gifted in working out the tangle of cosmic threads in a way that ultimately reveals paths to individual and community spiritual … [Read More...]

Utah: Where being a brown brother with a pen can cost you your life

  Utah has one of the most sizable Pacific Island populations in the United States of America outside of California.  In Utah the most significant Pasifika communities are Tongan and Samoan.  Where New Zealand and Australia both have substantial Polynesian communities, migration to Utah has … [Read More...]

Reflections after Temple Square: Furious musings from the periphery

Two nights ago there was a men’s dinner at our home.  It was Nathan’s birthday celebration and I had offered to cater a sumptuous blokey kind of meal for him and his friends.  Friends who included two bishops, one former bishop and former counselor on the Stake Presidency, and one young … [Read More...]

I was at the Ordain Woman action but…

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.     THE FOLLOWING POST HAS BEEN REVISED I attended the Ordain Women action on April 5th.  I supported it, and I … [Read More...]

Its Time to Overhaul the Church Bureaucracy!

Years and years ago I was the Stake Librarian.  My first job was to bring order to the Christchurch Stake Library which was  straining under the weight of decades of junk.  In order to make sense of what I was to do with a dusty room full of layers of stuff I cracked open the librarians handbook … [Read More...]

BYU search committee considers both Men and Women for BYU President: Why another man?

The appointment of the new BYU President, Kevin Worthen is the first  major leadership change for the church owned, run, and administered University since the Mormon cyber reformation.  From New Zealand I watched Eyring’s announcement at today’s BYU devotional - live.  Aside from the fact … [Read More...]


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