If the Church came to me for therapy

In preparation for the 2nd annual Mormon Mental Health Conference (July 29, 2015), I’ve been reflecting on my work as a therapist within Mormon culture as I’m sure are many of my  colleagues who will be presenting to other mental health professionals at the conference. I’m looking forward to the conference and...

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Review of Religion of a Different Color

Jul 09, 15 Review of Religion of a Different Color

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured

When J. Kameron Carter, one of the more compelling theologians of black spirituality today, was asked about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he argued that Christianity must “reckon with the fact of how our churches in many ways reproduces the very social structures that created the conditions for what happened.” The world in which...

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Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black Suffering in America

Jul 01, 15 Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black Suffering in America

Posted by in Featured, Racism, Theology

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod...

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Seeking Liberation

Dec 17, 14 Seeking Liberation

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A Gospel of Liberation. A Gospel about liberation. That’s what I need. That’s what I seek. That’s why Church is hard for me sometimes. It can be so individualistic in ways that feel imprisoning to me. I need a gospel that is collective… in voice and in action. I need a collectively liberating Gospel after the tsunamis, earthquakes,...

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The Dance of Dissonance

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”   James A. Baldwin   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make the body of Christ vomit? Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be so dizzy with dissonance,...

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17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

Aug 11, 14 17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I was lucky enough to hear Darius speak this past winter at BYU. In his presentation he went over the new Gospel Topics “Race and the Priesthood”.  It was very interesting to hear his point of view and also the process of how this article was...

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Injustice in a Just World

I have always clung to the idea that the vast majority of people are basically good. At the same time, a look at history or the news makes quite clear that even good people are capable of doing some pretty horrible things.  Why is this? Back in the 1960s a psychologist, Dr. Marvin Lerner, became disturbed by the tendency for the...

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Introducing a Mormon Womanism

Mar 05, 14 Introducing a Mormon Womanism

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Feminism, Mormonism, Racism

In Alice Walker’s text In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Walker identifies a term called womanism. The term itself is derived from the word “womanish” or opposite of “girlish” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious. Walker goes on in describing it as “a black feminist or feminist of color.” Since the book was published, there...

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Three Newly Discovered Early Black Mormon Women

Three Newly Discovered Early Black Mormon Women Connell O’Donovan February 9, 2014 Two digitized missionary journals accessible on the LDS Church History Library website have proved to be valuable sources of information on the early membership of three black Mormon women. Stephen Post’s 1836 journal of his mission from Kirtland to...

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Why the Priesthood and Temple Ban Was Wrong

Feb 06, 14 Why the Priesthood and Temple Ban Was Wrong

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While reading the title of this post, people will say, “Well duh, of course it was wrong—you don’t need to write a post about it!” It might be obvious to some, and even more obvious after the Church published a web page disavowing all racism. Let’s get their exact words in here: “Today, the Church...

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