Blood and Horror on this Earth

Thousands and thousands of Mormons all over the world attend temple services on a daily basis, and thousands and thousands will watch a metaphorical reenactment of the creation story.   Included in this drama is an exchange between God and Satan. In a rage with God for cursing him, Satan threatens to overcome the will of [Read More...]

The Future of the Church IS the ‘International’ Church

It’s a beautiful Winter’s day in Christchurch today.  Clear blue skies, cool temperatures in the shade but warm in the distant sun.  Travelling past Travis Wetlands on our way to church this morning our son Finn asked, “Mum, why do Pukekos have red beaks?” We’d been observing the flocks of Canada geese and pukeko congregating, [Read More...]

The Sacred Mormon Schvantz

I’ve been thoughtful recently about the cultural privileges that my husband has as a Mormon man in possession of his full male faculties. He is spared a tremendous amount of time thinking and wondering about what it means to be a woman amidst Mormon males. He is simply unburdened by the need to think everything [Read More...]

Today church made me sad

I woke up this morning with a sigh.  I don’t every morning.  But today I did because it’s Sunday, and on Sunday I go to church, and sometimes church makes me sad.   But I do recall one wonderful Sunday, when I was about 23.  I was volunteering with a local disability support service and [Read More...]

LDS Church HQ announces its Relocation to New Zealand! (Well, not really but…..)

After a one month summer hiatus its time to hit the New Year with more unwanted opinion from the antipodes! What better way to kick 2013 off than with a bit of serious silliness? Sitting around our dinner table last night was our usual contingent of diminutive masculinity, but we were joined by three young [Read More...]

On Pants & Shootings: How will it end?

Last week one of my readers invited me to participate in the ‘Wear Pants to Church’ Sunday campaign.  She gave me a link to the Facebook page so I could get a sense of what this was all about.  I smiled to myself and thought it sounded like a bit of a giggle.  And then [Read More...]

How Southpark changed Mormonism

A couple of weeks ago Joanna Brooks (via Skype)  and I gave a public lecture at the University of Canterbury entitled ‘What if Popular Culture Changed Religion?’ in the ‘What if Wednesday’ series.   While the title of this post is  slightly tongue in cheek,  we traced the relationship between Mormonism, the public, and the [Read More...]

Embodying the Mormon Cultural Turn: A personal reflection

I’ve only been blogging since the beginning of the year but in that time I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of comments from readers.  On a regular basis I get messages from well meaning folk who have questions about my level of observance,  some gently call me to repent, some have  even urged me to leave [Read More...]

Talking Kiwi Mormonism with TV3

In anticipation of  a television interview I gave for TV3′s “The Nation” (airing this weekend),  I  prepared some answers to the reporters pre-interview questions.  Its likely that only a fraction of what  I said will make it into the segment so I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts  here.  Its also remotely possible that they [Read More...]

Unlatching from the Amerimormon cultural teat

As I gaze on with admiration as my friend Joanna Brookes becomes Mormonism’s media darling in the US I’m both thrilled and excited about this moment in our religious history.  Joanna’s love of a faith that we share, combined with her take no prisoners honesty about its complexities, inconsistencies and fractures is a rare compound [Read More...]


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