A black woman prayed from the pulpit! References were made to Heavenly Mother! So why are some Mormon feminists saying the progress is too little, too late?
Author Archives: Jana Riess
About Jana Riess
Since 2008, Jana Riess has been an acquisitions editor in the publishing industry, primarily acquiring in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues to write freelance articles and reviews for PW as well as other publications.
She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University. She speaks often to media about issues pertaining to religion in America, and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday, among other print publications, as well as “Voice of America,” the "Today" show, MSNBC, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Tell Me More,” and “Talk of the Nation.”
She is the author, co-author, or editor of books including The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!; Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as a Spiritual Guide; Mormonism for Dummies; and The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published. She blogged for Beliefnet before coming to RNS in 2012.
The Mormon personal essay contest has been judged. Announcing the winner and the honorable mentions . . .
This weekend, Denver Snuffer’s followers began rebaptizing each other, and many are leaving the LDS Church. Here’s why Mormons would do well to listen to Snuffer’s criticisms.
Mormon feminists think globally and act locally as they prepare for next month’s LDS General Conference.
With regard to the BYU-Idaho dress code, it might be good for Mormons to remember that Jesus’ only words about clothes in the entire New Testament were an admonition for us to stop worrying so much about them.
How do you respond when your kids don’t want to be Mormon anymore? Guest blogger Mette Ivie Harrison says her daughter doesn’t need to be LDS to be righteous.
How can Mormons know when prophets are speaking because they are moved by the Holy Ghost, and not simply expressing their cultural views?
Geoff Thatcher gets a little frustrated when Mormon teachers try to ban smart phones in church. Can’t they see the potential of social media?
The “don’t talk too much” injunction is not so much a random aside as a visible pattern. Elder Ballard has twice in one month told Mormon women to rein in their voices.