Demanding Responsibility in NZ Church Finances

There will be some Mormons who will be deeply uncomfortable with the subject of my musings today. Because we Mormons have been studiously instructed to cease to think about our contributions to the church beyond sealing the brown envelope. Matters of faith and pragmatics are often held apart so as to imbue the mundane and [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...]

A Mormon as an American President? What are the implications for the New Zealand church?

As Romney takes his increasingly bright nomination campaign on the road, the eyes of the world have invariably turned to questions of his faith.  Mormonism has heralded some wonderfully idiosyncratic teachings and naturally the public are asking how much faith can we have in the ability of someone to lead a nation, who fervently holds to [Read More...]

Reflections on American Mormons at New Zealand Pulpits

In New Zealand, I grew up hearing that American missionaries loved my congregation, my city, my country and me. They would often effuse from the pulpit, ‘We love the people of New Zealand so much’.   I’m sure those speakers hadn’t intended the opposite effect because their frequent effusions of love delivered so emphatically by passing [Read More...]


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