June 5, 2020

As the Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins,  stated… racism [is] a public health emergency. Mental health research corroborates this. As a white-privileged led church… we can no longer pretend racism doesn’t exist. Nor can we pretend we don’t have a role in the ongoing racism that pervades our culture. I hope to see our white church leaders to take much stronger stances in renouncing our racist history. I hope to see our white church leaders to apologize directly… Read more

June 4, 2020

We need to understand how the terms “racism” and “white supremacy” are being defined by the black and sociology communities. This is much larger than “being nice to Black people” or not using racial slurs. These are systemic issues that white people benefit from whether we want to, realize it, or not. And so we have to own it, listen, learn and then act in spaces we have influence. There is much to do in mormon land to address racism…. Read more

June 2, 2020

As the Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins,  stated… racism [is] a public health emergency. Mental health research corroborates this. As a white-privileged led church… we can no longer pretend racism doesn’t exist. Nor can we pretend we don’t have a role in the ongoing racism that pervades our culture. I hope to see our white church leaders to take much stronger stances in renouncing our racist history. I hope to see our white church leaders to apologize directly… Read more

June 1, 2020

Due to the current climate in our country and due to the racist history we have in our Mormon collective… not to mention the continued racist narrative and language in our current curriculum… I am planning on posting a series of thoughtful posts written primarily by those who come from a Mormon upbringing.  As the Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins,  stated… racism [is] a public health emergency. Mental health research corroborates this. As a white-privileged led church… we… Read more

May 31, 2020

Due to the current climate in our country and due to the racist history we have in our Mormon collective… not to mention the continued racist narrative and language in our current curriculum… I am planning on posting a series of thoughtful posts written primarily by those who come from a Mormon upbringing.  As the Minneapolis City Council Vice President, Andrea Jenkins,  stated… “racism [is] a public health emergency.” Mental health research corroborates this. As a white-privileged led church… we… Read more

May 27, 2020

It’s so important for us to hear the voices of our members who are leaving due to LGBT+ discrimination. Until we address this problem we will continue to lose some of our best and brightest. Hiding behind our ideas of “God” that have always been affected by our own cultural biases and discriminations is a poor excuse to not look more deeply at our own morality and covenant to “bear each other’s burdens” and welcome all to “come unto Christ.”… Read more

May 24, 2020

Symmetry Solutions Strategies is a 15-30 minutes Q&A/discussion session with a group of Symmetry Solutions providers. We hope to get together most Fridays on Facebook to answer questions, pass along helpful mental health information and provide ways providers at Symmetry Solutions can be of assistance. Natasha is joined by Symmetry Solutions providers Lisa Butterworth, Jenny Elledge and Tami Harris to discuss alternate approaches to depression. Natasha Helfer Parker, Lisa Butterworth, Jenny Elledge and Tami Harris talk about alternate approaches to… Read more

May 15, 2020

Tireless work by this papa dragon. Today’s guest post is written by Thomas Montgomery. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Thomas Montgomery is a father of a gay son who has done much work within the LDS church to bring awareness to issues facing LGBT+ members. His family was featured in the documentary Families are Forever, part of the work of the Family Acceptance Project.   Meridian Magazine has once again published an… Read more

April 17, 2020

Symmetry Solutions Strategies is a 15-30 minutes Q&A/discussion session with a group of Symmetry Solutions providers. We hope to get together most Fridays on Facebook to answer questions, pass along helpful mental health information and provide ways providers at Symmetry Solutions can be of assistance. I am joined by Jana Spangler and Jenny Elledge.  We discuss LDS missionaries coming home unexpectedly and how families and individuals can navigate the challenges and the decisions they will have to make. Symmetry Solutions… Read more

April 10, 2020

Symmetry Solutions Strategies is a 15-30 minutes Q&A/discussion session with a group of Symmetry Solutions providers. We hope to get together most Fridays on Facebook to answer questions, pass along helpful mental health information and provide ways providers at Symmetry Solutions can be of assistance. Jimmy Bridges and Lisa Butterworth join me today to discuss ways to explain to younger children (6 and under) what is going on in our world –‘why can’t we go to school-play with friends-go to… Read more




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