exclusive inclusivity

If there is one thing that makes religion unpopular in today’s pluralistic society, it is the idea of claiming access to exclusive truth.  On my mission I learned firsthand how the act of sending someone to your door is deeply offensive to so many people.  It is one reason religion is just something you are not supposed to talk...

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit, and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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The Changing Nature of (somewhat recent) popular LDS art

So growing up, I’d never been a big fan of most mainstream LDS art and music. I mean, sure, there was Minerva Teichert and a few choice others, but by and large our most culturally popular art and media tended to be pretty superficial or one-dimensional. Examples I think of are Greg Olson paintings, Michael Mclean songs,...

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Reluctant Mormon Activist

Since my Ordain Women profile went up, recently, I’m now a Mormon activist for gender equality in the LDS church. The following is a very bald summary of a long personal essay. If all you care about is the main ideas, you can read and judge this. If you want to understand how I arrived where I am, I’ve linked to the...

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My Road to Here

A brief summary of this post can be found here. I recommend it if you aren’t up for a long or emotional post. Long Day 1998 It left me as I dug, and cut, and pulled, and pedaled, and wore out the day, Yet I wait for sleep to come. I burn to move, to dance, to love, as my body strains, frozen in anxiety, Yet I wait for...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Sep 10, 14 A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Homosexuality

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several other Mormon and Mormon-esque friends to talk about the relationship between our LGBT brothers and sisters and the Mormon church. HRC sponsored the meeting in an effort to understand how they can better support those of us who are trying so desperately to see full equality...

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Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Sep 09, 14 Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Symbolism, Temple

  Introduction Mormons don’t tend to do symbolism well. This is largely because they grow up in a symbolically arid religious environment where literalism is the order of the day. Scriptures and teachers mean what they say and say what they mean. No interpretation required. Then Mormons go to the temple, where they are...

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Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Sep 07, 14 Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Mormonism, Theology

Admittedly, I’ve cherry-picked a few passages from others on the nacle. Their thoughts are my thoughts. To the woman healed from disease, without any physical ministration whatsoever, Jesus simply said “thy faith hath made thee whole.” However, to the blind men, instead of simply healing them with his words, he actually spit...

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Ask Dr. Finlayson-Fife

GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY!   We will once more be interviewing the amazing and brilliant Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife.  As we mentioned before, Dr. Finlayson-Fife is an intimacy-therapist. And by intimacy we mean sex, but we couldn’t shock our predominately LDS audience in the second sentence, so we waited for the third. If...

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