A podcast listener takes me to task for saying that we should lighten up on Millennials, because doesn't everyone know that religions that liberalize their standards go down the toilet? Not so fast, I respond.
(RNS) The announcement that the LDS church is reducing its association with the Boy Scouts is part of a larger pattern of retrenching in its own programs when it's concerned about its youth.
The Savior chose women to be witnesses to the most important priesthood ordinance of all: the resurrection.
Recent allegations say suicide is on the rise for LGBT Mormon teens. While the specific details are disputed, the basic message is clear: Mormons need to do much better.
Yesterday's Slate article alleged that the LDS Church is denying health care to Mormon missionaries, but the article's shoddy journalism only serves to trivialize a potentially important conversation.
I see positive signs that we may have turned a corner in the Mormon modesty wars. Pass the root beer, people, and let's celebrate.
Three cheers for the LDS Church for being willing to compromise. Other than "guilt by association," there was no reason not to, since the BSA was already making accommodations to allow Mormon troops to select their own local leaders.
We need to decide, finally, that sacrament meeting is so important to us that we are ready to devote two women and two men to do this, and only this, as their sacred calling in the church.
In a university that prides itself on its visible support for religious freedom, it’s ironic that its own students are not religiously free. It’s also unfortunate that something called an “Honor Code” implicitly encourages students who doubt their Mormon faith to lie about that fact in order to maintain their degree program, housing, and employment.
Obscuring or omitting the very controversy that makes a story newsworthy--be it a Charlie Hebdo cover or the Washington Redskins’ name--does great disservice to our readers.
My heart goes out to John, Margi, and their children. I know that in the last weeks people on all sides have made accusations and counter-accusations, not always with the most charitable voices. I am not at all surprised by the Church's decision, and I'm sure John isn't either. But it's a loss nevertheless.
I’m proud of my Church’s statements yesterday affirming equal rights under the law for all LBGT persons. So why do I not feel 100% jubilant? Where they lost me is in playing the victim card.
Maybe the excellent new policy allowing Mormon leaders to address General Conference in their own languages will point us toward the need for more leaders of color and greater international diversity.
The overall argument that women (and children, and cats, and possibly guppies) can receive all the blessings of the priesthood just by having hands laid on their head and some lovely words spoken is, at best, only partially true. And without intending to, these sincere and well-meant justifications actually undermine the power of the priesthood.
When the top LDS story this week is the resurgence of the Mormon cricket, you know it's a slow news week. But here are 5 great ways to get your Mormon news when things do start hopping again. (See what I did there? That was a cricket joke. You're welcome.)
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