March 20, 2019

As I read the international response to the Christchurch mosque shootings,  I find some Americans (#notallamericans) over-busy trying to fit into their heads the possibility that our community response to this terrible event is to draw together and offer compassion and peace in spite of our differences. It’s a subversive act to take such a vicious event meant to highlight ‘us’ and ‘them, and then refuse to be vicious.  It’s a tough act, to turn our attention away from the… Read more

March 16, 2019

After gathering in our five sons from their schools where they had been in lockdown for several hours we sat in front of the news together, in silence and horror. Then, as the night drew on we switched off the television, lit a candle and prayed. We prayed for the victims and their families. We prayed with gratitude for the police and their fine, courageous work. We prayed for the medical staff, who were, as we prayed, trying desperately to save… Read more

December 20, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Christchurch Stake, I recall several years ago talking with a former Stake President about the reasons for church disaffiliation.  He’d just been to a regional meeting and inactivity was a discussion point. He recounted several explantaions offered at the meeting; a) People had been offended. b) They weren’t faithful enough or were too lazy to make an effort. c) They wanted to break the commandments. I asked him where that information had come from?  Had… Read more

December 18, 2018

Before I address the concerns of the many, many people who have reached out to me since my impending Church Discipline was announced, let me just say: It’s Advent. This season is far more important Christian news than my discipline.  Furthermore, the event of my Church Discipline is not nearly as significant as the pressing issues of poverty, oppression, inequality, war, despotism, or the tragedy of social isolation and loneliness – especially during Christmas. And, it’s certainly not the worse… Read more

December 9, 2018

Whatever you may think about the soteriology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it offers big, audacious blessings.   I  went to the temple to be sealed to my first husband when I was 19.   That marriage didn’t last,  but that was OK because when it came time to marry  Nathan, President Hinckley moved pretty quickly to clear the way for our temple marriage.     I remember that September morning like it was yesterday.   After the… Read more

October 9, 2018

Zina Huntington (1821-1901) was a young woman in her prime when she married Henry Jacobs.   But Joseph Smith had long fancied her.   Her marriage to Henry, however, was no impediment to Joseph whose superior priesthood afforded him the right to approach the married Zina with a polygamous marriage proposal. This he did proclaiming that he’d had a revelation involving (you guessed it) flaming swords and angels and threats of death.  She finally consented.   When Joseph Smith was killed, Zina… Read more

September 17, 2018

“Some churches, sects, cults or religious movements are basically collective egoic entities, as rigidly identified with their mental positions as the followers of any political ideology that is closed to any alternative interpretation of reality.” – Eckhart Tolle When I was 11, the first man entitled to ask me if I kept the law of chastity was my Stake President.  A few years ago he was found guilty of paedophilia and imprisoned. When I was 13 my then Bishop came… Read more

June 8, 2018

A few days ago I sat in the Kirtland Temple.   It’s currently the only Mormon (or should I say an ‘Expression of the Restoration’)  temple in which I’m permitted entry.  So, it meant a lot to me to be in this place that stands in the cross-currents and energies of a tradition that formed me.   It felt like I was caught in a religious undertow and being there reminded me of where my spiritual roots are buried and where,… Read more

April 19, 2018

I think I’ve always been a God girl.   I knew I loved Jesus when at seven years old I heard the story of the Good Samaritan.   I remember staring intently at the sepia picture of religious leaders passing by a broken man on the side of the road.  I listened enthralled as Sister Faifai told this most amazing story of radical love.   It was then that the miracle of Jesus stretched out in front of me as a wonderous… Read more

March 28, 2018

27 March, 2018 Dear Sisters, Children, and Brothers of the Church, In light of the recent case of sexual abuse involving a former MTC President, we feel moved to sincerely apologize to anyone who has been similarly victimized.   We reiterate that we have zero tolerance for sexual abuse and will be working very hard to ensure that our future practices reflect that intolerance.  Sexual abuse is a matter of deep concern for us and we will be working very closely with the General Women’s Presidencies to… Read more

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