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 [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 the undersigned Mormon bloggers and podcasters affirm the value of the [Read More...]

Becoming Like Goddess

The latest Gospel Topics statement ‘Becoming Like God’ is a wonderful affirmation of one of the most compelling doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The notion that God was once like us, and we can one-day become a God, is an exhilarating and thrilling thought.  Indeed Mormonism places a lot of [Read More...]

On being ‘that girl’ no longer

I used to be that girl.  Devout, unquestioning, orthodox, loyal, safe.  But I’m not now, and there is no going back. I spent time at the beach last night chatting with a good friend who was also, that girl.  But in recent unbidden flashes of knowing, sudden critical insights, and the lifting of heavy lidded [Read More...]

Actually, I’d like to talk to Heavenly Mother if that’s OK?

The noise began this  morning at about 7am.  I was already awake, reading the internet in bed, awaiting for an epiphany as I grappled with my current crisis of faith.  Morning noise always begins with the sound of the toilet door and then it escalates from there.  At about 8:15 the din in the boys [Read More...]


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