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Latter-Day Saints

Religious freedom and LGBTQ rights are clashing in schools and on campuses – and courts are deciding

By Charles J. Russo — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Yeshiva University’s legal case has garnered national attention, but several similar cases are underway.

Mormon church’s celebration of Latino cultures puts spotlight on often-overlooked diversity

By Brittany Romanello — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Latina women hold few top leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but their contributions help keep congregations going.

LGBTQ students wrestle with tensions at Christian colleges

By Yonat Shimron Of Religion News Service and Giovanna Dell'orto Of The Associated Press — December 5, 2022
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP/RNS) — Tensions endure at many of the hundreds of US Catholic and Protestant universities.

Why Americans are leaving their churches

By Jana Riess — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — For sociologist Stephen Bullivant, the question is why it took so long for the religious exodus to happen.

Death and the Little Black Funeral Dress

By Jana Riess — November 29, 2022
(RNS) — Each time I wear it to mourn someone I’ve loved, my dress becomes more steeped in love and history.

How opposition to Prop 8 led Latter-day Saints to back Senate’s same-sex marriage bill

By Bob Smietana — November 16, 2022
(RNS) — Same-sex marriage, long a divisive issue, could be the thing that brings Americans together, said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah.

New memoir unpacks what Mormon girls are taught about marriage

By Jana Riess — November 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'I needed to learn that I get to decide what my life looks life,' says Rachel Rueckert, author of the new memoir 'East Winds.'

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave.

LDS Church is under fire in Australia

By Jana Riess — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — If the reports are true, the government of Australia has every right to be angry. This kind of financial practice looks terrible for the church. It feels covert and deceptive.

Mormons are insulated from some dangers of celebrity culture — but not all

By Jana Riess — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — It helps that some of our leaders are over the age of 90.

Does Evan McMullin have a chance to beat GOP Senator Mike Lee in Utah?

By Jana Riess — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — For an incumbent GOP senator to lose an election in one of the nation’s rubiest states is certainly a long shot, at least according to the rules of politics as usual. But it's not politics as usual.

Mormon leaders and the fear of apologizing

By Jana Riess — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — The inability to apologize is damning to us spiritually, as a church, in that it impedes our progress. There is so much freedom in being able to say ‘I messed up and I am so sorry.’

LDS elder — a former college president — may have plagiarized General Conference talk

By Bob Smietana — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Elder David Bednar, a former BYU-Idaho president, failed to tell listeners he was using material from an obscure religious teacher and other sources in his address.

Are double ear piercings and sleeveless tops OK now for Mormon teens?

By Jana Riess — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — The LDS church just backed off telling Mormon teens what not to wear.

Netflix’s ‘Sins of Our Mother’: A haunting study of a personal spiritual apocalypse

By Jillian Cheney — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — Where’s the line between spiritual awakening and a psychotic episode?
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