Two Crosses

It was not a friendship I would have expected– She, black. Me, not black. She, a PhD and now attending Divinity School. Me, not an academic. She, a woman. Me, a dork. But the friendship and the call came when I needed it most. She called as I was driving home one day shortly after the news had come. The news was shocking to...

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A Lack of Knowledge

by Michelle Wiener Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” In this verse, Hosea is condemning the Northern Kingdom of Israel...

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Dear Father and Mother God

It is Sunday. March 17, 2013. I have just arrived at church. Sacrament meeting is about to start. I settle into my family’s customary pew with my wife and 16-year old daughter. The bishop comes over. He asks me to give the closing prayer. I agree automatically. No big deal. It’s not like I haven’t done this a million times...

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SLC Blogger Event: Meet the Mormons

On September 27, 2014, the female staff members LDS Public Affairs hosted a pre-screening of Meet the Mormons for a cross section of female LDS bloggers including contributors to Exponent Blog, Feminist Mormon Housewives, The Sistas in Zion, Mormon Women Stand, and LDS Smile. There were several others present including a couple of...

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Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Nov 09, 14 Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Old Testament, Temple

A recent visit to the temple reinforced for me the idea that Paul got his parallel wrong: Christ is not the second Adam but the second Eve. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” Paul wrote (1 Cor. 15:22). But, considering our modern understanding of the Fall, it would have been more appropriate for...

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Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Oct 03, 14 Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

I have a lot of conversations about the priesthood. Most of these are about women’s ordination to the priesthood. I can’t tell you how many times in these conversations that people have reverted back to the old trope that women are more spiritual/service oriented/closer to God and so they don’t *need* to exercise the...

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The Blessings of (Ordination to) the Priesthood

Sep 30, 14 The Blessings of (Ordination to) the Priesthood

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

I have been actively participating in the conversation about gender in the LDS Church for quite sometime now. I have listened carefully to a range of ideas about why LDS women are not now ordained to the priesthood, what that tells us about gender and about the priesthood, and whether the current policies will change in the future....

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Examining History For Insights on the Future of Women’s Ordination

Sep 28, 14 Examining History For Insights on the Future of Women’s Ordination

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood, Theology

EXAMINING HISTORY FOR INSIGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S ORDINATION by Ronda Callister As the news broke that Kate Kelly had been summoned to a church court, I worried. I was concerned about those who care about women’s issues in the church and the pain they were likely to feel in the aftermath of official sanctions. As I...

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

by Michelle Wiener Recently I found out that Nicholas Cage will be starring in the remake of Left Behind to be released in theatres this October. This came as a total shock to me, considering what a great actor he is. I was equally appalled that he would even consider taking part in a B-grade evangelical film about – of all...

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Have You Had The Ordain Women Conversation?

Sep 02, 14 Have You Had The Ordain Women Conversation?

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

On May 15th of this year, Ordain Women launched their Conversations project.  Throughout the summer, new segments were released that encouraged discussion about the issue of women’s ordination in the LDS church.  For anyone who is interested, these are a great tool for exploring the issues, concerns, and possibilities on this...

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