Mormons are tied for first place in well-being among all religious groups. A recent master’s thesis outlines 5 reasons for this, and also explores a paradox: How can Mormons be so happy while having high rates of antidepressant use?
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.
Yesterday’s Mormon drinking game isn’t much use on Fast Sunday, as a reader pointed out. But never fear: Jerrilyn Hassell Pool has created Marriage Equality Bingo instead!
Given the divided reaction to the SCOTUS decision, this weekend’s testimony meeting could be a rough hour for progressive Mormons. In these polarizing times, we need a good drinking game to get us through church.
Like many Mormons, I’m rejoicing at the news that the Supreme Court has lifted the ban on same-sex marriage. The LDS Church, however, continues to be opposed.
White Mormons in the United States live in a bubble of racial privilege. What changes need to happen to make the Church more sensitive to diversity?
“I worry that when we proclaim ourselves the only righteous humans, we plant the seeds of pride,” writes guest blogger Mitch Mayne. Responding to Elder Oaks’s question, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Mayne affirms: “A lot of us.”
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.
I’m in New York to read the Book of Mormon: a single chapter, over and over again, for two weeks. And the slow, careful pace has been exhilarating.
Missy McConkie recently convened a Relief Society event about the Mormon Heavenly Mother. She says that if we don’t start teaching about her and asking questions, we won’t add to whatever knowledge we already have (though we actually know more than many Mormons think we do).