NPR’s “Interfaith Voices” devotes a segment to the LDS Church’s recent announcement of expanded roles for Mormon women leaders, and wonders aloud if change is afoot.
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.
“Mormons need to stop acting as if family is the only way to God,” says guest blogger Mette Harrison. And if we’re going to defend the family, we need to defend *all* kinds of families.
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.
Mormons are witnessing an “assault on the family,” all right. In fact, we’re often leading the charge.
Last night’s announcement about Mormon women’s new leadership role was indeed historic, but only if we are honest about their lack of leadership opportunities prior to the change. We don’t get to have it both ways.
I took a year-long sabbatical from going to church because I knew that if I didn’t, the alternative was probably to leave Mormonism for good.
Yesterday I was interviewed by the “Women’s Radio Network” . . . which turned out to be a total scam.
Is it ever OK for Mormons to override the bishop and say no to a calling? If so, when is it permissible — or even for the best? Guest blogger Mette Harrison offers straight talk on an important topic.
Many Mormon women “have this ideal of who they’re supposed to be in order to be good and to be loved,” says author Jamie Zvirzdin. But what happens when they go off script? Enter the new book “Fresh Courage Take.”