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Peggy Fletcher Stack

Peggy Fletcher Stack is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Peggy Fletcher Stack

Transgender Mormons struggle to feel at home in their bodies and their religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — April 1, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – Three transgender Mormons say the church's emphasis on the physical link between body and spirit and its insistence that gender is eternal made it tougher to acknowledge what was happening with them.

Mormons free to back gay marriage on social media, LDS apostle says

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 17, 2015
Backing marriage equality on social media sites, including on Facebook or Twitter, "is not an organized effort to attack our effort, or our functioning as a church.," Elder D. Todd Christofferson said in the interview.

Mormon critic John Dehlin appeals LDS excommunication

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 11, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In a letter to LDS President Thomas S. Monson, John Dehlin wrote that he "never taught my questions or doubts as Church doctrine."

Mormons aim to address the messy parts of church history, theology

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 9, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Can Mormonism add layers of what some see as controversial information without scaring away new converts or longtime members whose devotion is built on the account as they’ve known it all their lives?

With average age of 80, Mormon church has never had older top leaders

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 5, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For the first time in the history of the 185-year-old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the average age of the 15 men who comprise the faith’s top leaders is 80.

Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly loses last appeal; husband to resign from Mormon church

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 1, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Kate Kelly appealed the decision to the church's highest authority, the First Presidency. With the rejection, her husband, Neil Ransom, plans to resign his Mormon membership. The couple now lives in Kenya.

Utah highest, Vermont lowest on newest church attendance poll

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — February 19, 2015
(RNS) Mormons put Utah on top, with 51 percent of Utah residents attending church weekly, the highest in U.S., according to a new Gallup poll.

Mormon critic John Dehlin is excommunicated for ‘apostasy’

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — February 10, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The action was not taken because Dehlin had doubts about the church or its history, but "because of your categorical statements opposing the doctrines of the church, and their wide dissemination via your Internet presence, which has led others away from the church."

Mormon critic John Dehlin will have to wait to learn his fate

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — February 9, 2015
NORTH LOGAN, Utah (RNS) John Dehlin said he knew church discipline might be a “possible, even likely outcome” of his efforts. “I am not a victim. I don’t fault the church.”

In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — January 27, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The move, one LGBT advocates have been pushing for years, provides a major boost for the prospects of of a state nondiscrimination statute.

Mormon podcaster, known for airing dissent and doubt, faces church discipline

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — January 16, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) John Dehlin, known to support same-sex marriage and the Ordain Women movement, said he expects "either disfellowshipment (i.e., official censure) or excommunication."

When straight women marry gay Mormon men, struggle often ends in divorce

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — January 13, 2015
When straight Mormon women married Mormon men who were attracted to other men, as many as 69 percent of those marriages ended in divorce.

If you leave Mormonism, you have to leave BYU. Now some alumni want to change that.

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — November 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) If Mormon-owned BYU allows Muslims on campus, why kick out Mormon students who lose their faith?

Mormons change rules to allow moms, divorced women to teach religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — November 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) “This change makes it possible for families to decide what best meets their needs as it relates to mothers working while raising children,” the Utah-based faith announced in a memo regarding hiring policies.

Bishop apologizes for calling Harry Reid unfit to enter Mormon temples

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — November 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon Bishop Mark Paredes said Democrats’ support for same-sex marriage and abortion rights runs in opposition to the church’s positions
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