Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (Random House/Convergent, 2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church" (Oxford University Press, 2019). She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.
Leadership by old men: In Mormonism, gerontocracy is a blessing and a curse
(RNS) — With an average age of 90, top Mormon leaders are unlikely to be named in headlines about religious sex scandals. The cost of gerontocracy, though, is that they are also resistant to needed social change.
Mormon leaders and the erosion of traditional power
(RNS) — What’s at stake when conservative Latter-day Saints begin to see following the prophet as a matter of individual conscience on an issue-by-issue basis?
Top Mormon leaders get Covid vaccine and urge church members to do the same. Will they?
Some members are not happy that the LDS Church is taking a very public stand in favor of Covid-19 vaccinations.
Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?
The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.
At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism
(RNS) — The domestic terrorist who dangled from the Senate balcony and occupied Mike Pence’s seat is a returned missionary of the LDS Church, to our shame. But Mitt Romney, also a Mormon, showed some of the best qualities our religion is capable of.
Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working
People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?
Gen Z is lukewarm about religion, but open to relationships, study shows
(RNS) — Religious affiliation among Gen Z Americans continues its steady decline, but affiliation isn’t everything.