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November 10, 2016
Dear God, Please keep America a Foreign Land
The best thing I heard on National Radio this morning was; "This is a wake-up...
October 22, 2016
The Spiritual Dilemma of the LDS Church’s Overblown Wealth
I've tried and tried over the years to figure out why the LDS church needs...
August 18, 2016
Moral Judgement and the Problem of Protecting the Church’s ‘Good Name’
Sadly, the church is the religious home of both victims and perpetrators of crimes and...
May 01, 2016
Tyler Glenn and Jeffery Holland: The Power and the Limits of Anger
Shortly after Nathan and I married we were enjoying a family evening for two. He...
March 25, 2016
How I Failed My Mormon Sabbatical
At the end of last year I tearfully thrust my Temple Recommend into my Bishop’s...
January 27, 2016
‘Gospel’ Culture Shock
I grew up in New Zealand hearing a term that was frequently deployed in order...
May 23, 2015
The Foolishness of the Calderwood Excommunications
Last night Marisa and Carson Calderwood were excommunicated at a Church Discipline held at their...
May 09, 2015
Freedom for all, except people who disagree with me
This guest post is by Nicola Ward Petty, a convert from Catholicism, a returned missionary...
May 03, 2015
Gloriavale and the Mormons: What New Zealand’s latest religious drama has to teach us
Nestled against the Western range of the Southern Alps in New Zealand is a Christian...
February 15, 2015
Digesting the Dehlin Drama: Thoughts in the wake
I've spent the last couple of days percolating the latest excommunication drama, waiting for the...
January 01, 2015
The 15 Ailments of the LDS Church (With a hat tip to Pope Francis)
While Mormons are asked to, required to, strong-armed into ‘sustaining’, not questioning, obeying etc. every...
September 30, 2014
Growing Bold Mormon Daughters: The Impossibility of Emma Watson and Jacinda Ardern
If I had a daughter I hope she would be Emma Watson. I don’t...
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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,...
June 17, 2014
Room For All In This Church
We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members...
June 14, 2014
The Importance of Religious Heresy: Recent Contemplations
So lets talk apostasy. It might surprise some people but I've actually been accused of...
June 12, 2014
Paying the Price For Patriarchy
Firstly to my sisters, and brother allies in arms; You have not wept, cried nor...
April 16, 2014
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...
April 02, 2014
I was at the Ordain Woman action but…
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March 25, 2014
Its Time to Overhaul the Church Bureaucracy!
Years and years ago I was the Stake Librarian. My first job was to bring...
March 01, 2014
Uncorrelated tips for how NOT to be a terrible Bishop
A few years ago, seeking a temple recommend from the Stake Presidency (in a Stake...
July 15, 2012
New Zealand Mormon Church Finances: A Case Study
Last Sunday our RS teacher asked, “What prevents us sharing the gospel with others?”. My...
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Why Jesus wants Mormon women to play rugby
I'm just a New Zealander. I'm a South Seas outlier looking on at my big...
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The Church of what?
In October 2010, in a fit of pique with our increasingly banal church publications, I...
February 06, 2012
Callings and Revelation: What happens when things go bad?
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