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...]

Should Romney repent? ‘Yes!’, says the prophet Mormon

I had determined that I had said all that I was going to say about Romney – I wasn’t going to dignify the man with any more attention, nor give his groupies yet more fuel to respond with their ‘correctives’.  But I’m too gob-smacked at the moment to be restrained. Firstly, I don’t know where [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...]

Could this be a Kiwi Mormon Moment as well?

I remember the day I first wrote the word ‘girl’.  I was five years old and in Mrs Brunsden’s Primer Two class at Bamford Primary School.   Of course I always knew that I was a girl, but there was something in the writing of it that gripped me so much that to this day I [Read More...]

To question or not to question ‘The Church’?

A couple of years ago I was in a temple recommend interview with a member of the Stake Presidency.  I had just arrived through the door when unexpectedly and without any particular context associated with the TR questions I was told.’Sister McCluskey, I’ve heard you bare  beautiful testimonies of Jesus Christ, but I haven’t heard [Read More...]

Is there such a thing as a Mormon Political Economy?

There was abroad in the church during the 70s and 80s a discursive theology that explained the class differences between us as at the periphery and those at the centre – and that was Conservative White Christianity. Wealth in this religious paradigm was not the byproduct of a social hierarchy where the exploitation of labour, [Read More...]


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