Jerilyn

Bio: Jerilyn Hassell Pool was born and raised in Southern Oregon, the eldest of 8 children. She is the mother of five children, ages 4 to 20. She has been married for nearly 22 years. She is the Primary chorister in her ward and is active in feminist and LGBTQ communities as a Mormon advocate for inclusion and acceptance. She works from home as a freelance web and print designer.

Holy Saturday

Apr 20, 14 Holy Saturday

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HOLY SATURDAY by Jerilyn Hassell Pool Tonight, on the eve of Easter Sunday, our ward held a candle ceremony to observe of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We gathered as a ward family in the parking lot of our ward building and waited for the darkness of night to fall.  Candles were distributed to everyone who wanted one. We...

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Celebrating Passover

Apr 20, 14 Celebrating Passover

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CELEBRATING PASSOVER by Jerilyn Hassell Pool On Thursday night, our ward held a Seder meal as part of our celebration of Holy Week performed by Ayala Sarah Zonnenschein, the Executive Director at Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish community in Ashland, Oregon. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d read several articles about the...

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Wrong Message – A Response to: FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

Sep 04, 13 Wrong Message – A Response to: FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

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This is a reply to an article that was published on Givenbreath.com No. Just no. First, when we tell boys that their thoughts and actions cannot be controlled unless girls behave or dress a particular way, we teach boys that they do not need to be responsible for their thoughts and actions. We teach them it’s okay to make...

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Conference Pong

Apr 06, 13 Conference Pong

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Before we introduce Conference Pong, a bit of news for you twitter peeps – RationalFaiths will be live tweeting General Conference this weekend. So if you are on Twitter follow us, here is our twitter handle @rationalfaiths. Conference Bingo is old and tired. It’s time for a new game and this time I’ve combined...

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How Mormon are They?

Apr 05, 13 How Mormon are They?

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The following is a selection of “They’re so Mormon” jokes, curated from a top-secret location on the internet. They’re so Mormon, they can turn around two wagons in a single Salt Lake City lane.They’re so Mormon, they eat funeral potatoes at funerals AND weddings.They’re so Mormon, they hie _back_...

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feminist Mormon peeps

Mar 31, 13 feminist Mormon peeps

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You might ask, “What exactly is a feminist Mormon peep?” It is a common misconception that feminist Mormon peeps are simply bra-burning activists.   But there are lots of things in which we are involved. We fight the PEEPRIARCHY!   We work to eradicate polypeepamy.   We nurse our babies.   We bear...

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“The Greatest Mormon Feminist Love Affair That Ever Existed”

Jan 11, 13 “The Greatest Mormon Feminist Love Affair That Ever Existed”

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By Garrett Hall “[I] don’t care what a [man’s] character is if he’s my friend.—a friend a true friend . . . I will be a friend to him[.] Friendship is the grand fundamental principle of Mormonism.” Joseph Smith Over the last year I have really learned to treasure and value true friendship. I am typically one that...

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The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon, by Carol Lynn Pearson: A Book Review

The first time I read “The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon” by Carol Lynn Pearson, I was sitting in the chapel of my ward building, waiting for a meeting to start. I’d been in somewhat of a bad mood for most of the day and I started reading it to avoid talking to anyone. The book is a...

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A Book Review – The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Nov 25, 12 A Book Review  –  The God Who Weeps:  How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

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A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a baptism of a new convert to the LDS church. Adult baptisms almost always make me weepy, because it’s so beautiful to see an adult freely choose to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ and become a Christian. At this baptism, our bishop spoke to the woman who was...

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