Holding on to those in Faith Crisis: A Sacrament Talk

  Guest Post by Nathan McCluskey.    What follows is an extract from a 15 minute sacrament talk Nathan was asked to give as the Ward Mission Leader on the topic of “Reactivation and Rescuing.”     In April 2012  Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric stated that:    “Reactivation has always been an important [Read More…]

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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 abuses. I don’t expect to never see these kinds of abuses in the church.  Mormons are just as prone as anyone else to lapses in self-control and moral reasoning.  But what concerns me most is the sometimes unhealthy ways in which Mormon [Read More…]

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Our Divided Community: American Mormonism, New Zealand Mormonism and the Question of War

Guest post by Nathan McCluskey.  This talk was delivered at Sunstone Salt Lake City 2016, Friday 29th July on a panel that included with G.Campbell McNaughton (Scotland), Alison Haldon (England)  and Gina Colvin (New Zealand) who each addressed the question of  American Cultural Imperialism and ‘The American Church Through Other Eyes.”  Nathan spoke about war and peace.   According [Read More…]

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How I Failed My Mormon Sabbatical

At the end of last year I tearfully thrust my Temple Recommend into my Bishop’s hands, I stopped wearing temple garments and I gave myself permission to walk away.   Like many, I’d had years of feeling like the breath was being sucked out of me as I pulled into the meetinghouse car park; years [Read More…]

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‘Gospel’ Culture Shock

I grew up in New Zealand hearing a term that was frequently deployed in order to remind us that certain cultural practices don’t comport with one’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Gospel Culture has become a ubiquitous term that reminds us non-Americans that we are obligated to ‘pursue a [Read More…]

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What will it mean to be Maori and Mormon in 2050?

In November 2014 I was privileged  to be asked to be the closing speaker at the inaugural Mormon Studies Symposium hosted by Waikato University.  There we celebrated Selwyn Katene’s edited book:  Turning the Hearts of the Children:  Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church. and together explored both the past and future of Mormonism for Maori. [Read More…]

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There are No Gays in Heaven?

Guest post by Mike Cammock – a New Zealand  born Vermont marriage transplant.  He is very determined about not entirely losing his New Zealand accent and he regularly loses his two children in the snow.     For the better part of a decade my broader religious experience as a Mormon has been repeatedly sidetracked by [Read More…]

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The Next Women in Jesus’ Life

In the summer of my 12th year my woman’s body began to take shape. In that space between childhood and adolescence I was largely oblivious to my physical maturation preferring the usual business of sports, music and friends. I was younger than most, having been put up a class.  But I did notice a dramatic [Read More…]

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A Book, A Buddhist, and a Change of Heart?

A review of  “Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis:  A Simple Developmental Map.” by Thomas Wirthlin McConkie   I received an email in early October asking me if I’d be interested in interviewing the author of a new book ‘Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map, for the ‘A Thoughtful Faith Podcast.’   I said ‘yes’ [Read More…]

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50 Shades of Grey: Mormonism’s Accidental Allegory

The truth is we can thank the Mormons for 50 Shades of Grey.   Stephanie Meyer’s sexually frustrated adolescent romp that saw her brooding ancient vampire hero hold onto his virtue long enough to virginally marry his teen first love seemed swoony enough to spawn a generation of (probably now embarrassed) Twihards. But it wasn’t [Read More…]

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