Navigating a Faith Crisis in your Marriage Workshop

Natasha Helfer Parker, John Dehlin, and Margi Dehlin will be hosting a 6 hour workshop for current, mixed-faith, and former Mormon couples who are navigating faith issues, parenting, and sexuality in either a mixed-faith, post-orthodox, or a post-Mormon context.  Couples and individuals are welcome to attend, but the content will be oriented towards helping married [Read More...]

Is gender inequality bad for mental health?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.   I know this is a difficult subject to dialogue about in our current state within Mormonism – where things can seem pretty polarized in light of the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly.  [Read More...]

Room For All In This Church

This is a statement many of us who are involved on the Mormon-themed internet have come up with in response to the possible disciplinary actions facing Kate Kelly and John Dehlin.   We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, [Read More...]

Differentiate: not Excommunicate!!

Today I received the news that both a brother and sister of my church community are being threatened with the process of excommunication.  The reason stated: apostasy. Attempting to put aside my own personal feelings of sadness, confusion and distress, I would like to address this issue from the lens of family systems.  After all, [Read More...]

Take Survey – Mixed Faith Couples

You are invited to take a survey that my colleague Adam Fisher is conducting in conjunction with Thomas Sexton, Ph.D. at Indiana University. It is attempting to study the marital quality for couples who have experienced conflict and concern in their relationship after one partner seriously questions or doubts the couple’s beliefs related to The Church [Read More...]

Conversions by Craig Harline

I was recently part of this great bookclub discussion. Very interesting and well written book about the conversion process for individuals and its effects on family systems. Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America with Craig Harline Craig Harline, a native of California, is a cultural historian and a professor of history at [Read More...]

Sunstone Symposium in Kirtland, Ohio

I will be presenting at the upcoming Sunstone Kirtland Conference in Ohio taking place this coming weekend.  I will be speaking in regards to how faith transitions can be normalized by viewing them through a developmental model and identity formation lens.  Still time to register. Symposium Registration   I added this further explanation as a [Read More...]

Cognitive Dissonance and Faith Transition

The theory of Cognitive Dissonance is a well-established concept in the field of psychology that explains why we all experience discomfort and anxiety when we are exposed to new ideas and beliefs or engage in behavior that conflict with our pre-existing views, ideals, and beliefs.  Micah Nickolaison conducts this interview and states, “I’ve been extremely interested in [Read More...]


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