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Latter-Day Saints

Mormon support for same-sex marriage has doubled in the last decade, survey shows

By Jana Riess — March 24, 2022
(RNS) — Mormons have broadened their support for LGBTQ rights in three key areas, though they still lag the nation in supporting the right of gay couples to get married — or to walk into any bakery in the country and buy themselves a wedding cake.

If we want equality for women in Utah, we can look to history

By Jana Riess — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — A look back to when things seemed more hopeful for Utah’s women.

How Americans have adopted — and adapted — the Indian festival of Holi

By Kalpana Jain — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — Religious practices go through change and transformation.

Americans’ support for LGBTQ rights higher than ever, even as white evangelicals lag

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — While Republicans and white evangelical Protestants are among the least likely to support three key policies regarding LGBTQ rights, their support still has increased overall in the past seven years.

Michigan announces 1st charges in Boy Scouts investigation

By David Eggert — March 10, 2022
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Chapman is accused of sexually assaulting two boys at the time he was a scoutmaster in the Detroit suburb of Roseville, where he also worked in and attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Evangelicalism isn’t dying, and Catholics are going Republican

By Jana Riess — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — Sociologist Ryan Burge does some myth-busting about American religion, tackling the narratives that evangelical Christians are in a serious decline, that only lapsed Christians voted for Trump and that people who leave religion also no longer believe in God. All are untrue, he says.

Amid Russian invasion, LDS Church issues generic denunciation of ‘armed conflict’

By Jana Riess — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — The LDS Church’s official 'statement on armed conflict' is well-intentioned but vague; Russia and Ukraine are never even mentioned. This is not the time to be Switzerland.

In Mormonism, yesterday’s heresy is today’s orthodoxy

By Jana Riess — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — In 1973, Mormon author Carol Lynn Pearson's feature article for the 'Ensign' magazine was pulled at the last minute, and she was banned from writing about women for Church publications. What was controversial then has become the party line.

Mormon leader’s apology for racist remarks does not go far enough

By Jana Riess — February 16, 2022
(RNS) — Brad Wilcox, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has apologized — sort of — for one part of his remarks earlier this month. But it doesn't go far enough.

Softening Mormon patriarchy, one correction at a time

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2022
(RNS) — The LDS Church's addendum to a 1973 'Ensign' article about patriarchy shows some progress in how it conceives of women's roles — and in how it acknowledges the mistakes of its own past.

What Mormon bishops should and should not say in counseling LGBTQ+ Latter-day Saints

By Jana Riess — January 28, 2022
(RNS) — A new study sheds light on the experiences of LGBTQ+ Mormons who seek counsel from Church leaders.

Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

By Yonat Shimron — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support.

‘Who Killed Joseph Smith?’ and other amateur-hour conspiracy theories

By Jana Riess — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — A new documentary recycles old conspiracies about the murder of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.

The top 10 changes President Russell M. Nelson has made in the LDS church

By Jana Riess — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — While many Mormons — including me — expected a Nelson presidency to be staid and uneventful, it’s been full of pleasant surprises.

Indigenous Mormons struggle to balance pride in the faith with LDS history

By Diana Kruzman — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Some are calling out historical injustices the church has carried out against Native Americans, even as others find their faith empowering.
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