*No one* is going to force the LDS Church to perform religious marriages in the temple for anyone it would not already approve to hold a temple recommend. That’s true whether Utah allows gay marriage, polygamous marriage, or marriage between a fish and a monkey.
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.
It’s clear from the picture Elder Ballard paints of ward councils that while many words of value might be applied to women there – assistant, helper, supporter, or deputy, for example – “equal” is not among them.
Moderate Mormon feminists like Neylan McBaine are taking flak from both sides — those who think they go too far and those who criticize them for not going far enough. But small changes are never, ever nothing.
A Book of Mormon story reminds me to keep my anger in check even when (especially when?) I’m feeling righteous indignation, as I have this summer over women’s ordination and same-sex marriage.
25 years, man! Pass the doughnuts. Then settle in for these 5 “greatest hits” Simpsons episodes that feature religion in all its hilarious diversity.
The Church’s “Meet the Mormons” film, which will hit theaters on October 10, appears to take the popular “I’m a Mormon” campaign to a logical extreme, using half a dozen ordinary/extraordinary Latter-day Saints around the world as the calling card for our religion.
There is a healthy accountability in Mormon leaders standing up before the membership twice a year to go over the budget. Boring? Yes, certainly. But boring is kind of the idea.
Taking exception to Elder Nelson’s talk from yesterday. I can be a disciple of Christ and a supporter of nontraditional marriage. In fact, I can support nontraditional marriage precisely *because* I am a follower of that good shepherd.