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 commune known as Gloriavale. It has always attracted attention largely due to its inauspicious beginnings surrounding the aberrant sexual ideologies espoused and at one time practiced by the central figure Neville Cooper who was jailed in 1994 for 10 counts [Read More...]

Mormon Internet Trolls, Cyberbullies and Doxing

I’ve been in the blogging game for three years now.  I’m used to trolls and comment preachers who call me to repentance for my wickedly evil ways, blah blah blah.  I don’t really mind if they name themselves, even though the use of ad hominem is irksome I somewhat respect the fact that they stand [Read More...]

Digesting the Dehlin Drama: Thoughts in the wake

I’ve spent the last couple of days percolating the latest excommunication drama, waiting for the heavy weight of it on my heart to lighten somewhat.  It hasn’t.  It was sadly inevitable that John was excommunicated.  Not because John did anything different to what he usually does – tell all, scrap it out to the last, and do [Read More...]

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 male above their own station (including it would seem the invisible worker bees in Church Administration), in the Vatican Pope Francis recently delivered a stinging rebuke to those who govern, administer and manage the Catholic Church. And everyone but the [Read More...]

Why Leaving the Church Often Means Leaving God

This guest post is by New Zealander Mike Cammock who is originally from Christchurch.  Mike has served a mission in Taiwan, and currently resides in Windsor, Vermont.  He and his wife Chris are the parents of two children.   My name is Mike Cammock. I am a Kiwi. I am also Mormon. I grew up on the [Read More...]

Anguished Musings on a Frayed Testimony

What is the Atonement? I asked my elder foster brother Jeff. I was 16. During the preceding six years I had been on an enforced hiatus from church activity. I had been trapped, the child and stepchild of a failing mixed faith marriage where my step-father was on a crusade to rid the world of [Read More...]

The Temple View Saga: A Podcast

Temple View is a small Mormon village on the outskirts of Hamilton New Zealand and lies at the foot of the temple. The village grew up around both the temple and Church College of New Zealand, a school that was built by labour missionaries in the 1950’s. After 60 years of service the school closed [Read More...]

The Temple Recommend Series: The Interview Guidelines

In this first substantive edition of the Temple Recommend Series I will consider the guidelines for the administration of the Temple Recommend interview. I will however preface my approach to this series of essays with a bit of theorizing. My approach will be largely discourse analytical. That is, I will be analyzing the Temple Recommend [Read More...]

Church Leadership and the Dilemma of Dementia

Towards the end of Ezra Taft Benson’s life I recall him being very unwell.   I have a lasting image of his being seated in General Conference wide-eyed, bewildered and confused. I thought at the time, ‘He has dementia.’   But there were no announcements to confirm this. It was no secret that he was sick, [Read More...]

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.  [Read More...]


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