Churches that Abuse

Ronald Enroth is a Christian sociologist who has written much about religious movements – in particular when churches cross the line into what would be considered cult-like behavior.  In Churches That Abuse Enroth identifies five categories: Authority and Power – abusive groups misuse and distort the concept of spiritual authority. Abuse arises when leaders of a [Read More...]

More Families Affected by New Policies

I am dedicating this week to sharing first-hand stories of Mormons who are being affected by the policy changes our church confirmed last week.  All stories are posted with permission. These stories are very personal and can be emotionally and psychologically triggering. Courtney Galloway Went to church today in my slacks, my pagan wife at [Read More...]

Families Affected by New Policy

I received permission from both Devon & Ashley Gibby  and Kate (who I’m leaving last name off for confidentiality reasons for the adolescents) to include their personal posts regarding how they are reacting to the news about the new LDS policy and how it will affect their family.  This is a good, yet tragic, example [Read More...]

Scriptures for the Day

This is where I am finding solace at this time: Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these [Read More...]

Mama Dragons Respond to Harmful Announcement

I have permission to publish the following official response drafted by the Mama Dragons Board: As mothers of and mother figures to LDS LGBT children, we are profoundly saddened and disillusioned by the church’s clarification of their stance on LGBT relationships. We work diligently to make sure every LGBT youth and young adult within our [Read More...]

Homosexuality tied to Apostasy?

I’m deeply grieved that the church has hit a new low in dealing with its LGBT members. I’m at a loss of words in knowing how to make sense of the new additions in the bishop’s handbook guiding ecclesiastical leaders to treat the decision to same-sex marry as a form of apostasy AND to exclude [Read More...]

A Call for Accepting all Families

Families have been widely varied throughout all of history – from how many children, to how those children came to be part of the family, to who is raising the children, etc… When we continue to tout and emphasize the importance of one type of family over others we do harm.  It doesn’t matter how [Read More...]

General’s Women Session Oct 2015 – A Mental Health Perspective cont.

Around each General Conference I try to share my thoughts about the messages we receive.  I don’t usually get around to comment on all the talks – just from a time perspective.  But I will do my best to cover a majority before our next conference. I have found that these General Conference messages go [Read More...]

Thought for the Day

And the day camewhen the risk to remain tight in a budbecame more painfulthan the risk it took to blossom.~ Anais Nin ~ Natasha Helfer Parker can be contacted at [Read more...]

I think I’m going through a faith crisis…

I think I’m going through what I hear is a ‘faith crisis.’  I’ve been struggling with some of the new essays the church came out with and the fact that what we are taught in Sunday School often doesn’t line up with historical records and even what apologetics seem to try to explain away.  I [Read More...]