Here I try to explain to a reader why I stay Mormon even when I sometimes disagree with or question the LDS Church. Good changes are happening, even if they are slower than I would like.
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.
“I could not speak at a conference that is devoted in part to religious freedom, at an institution that seemed to be denying that freedom to its own students,” says UC Santa Barbara scholar Mark Juergensmeyer.
Mormons need to think carefully when there is such a growing discrepancy between the beautiful racial and international diversity that characterizes our religion around the planet and the much narrower range that is evidenced among our most visible leaders.
Will Mormons get an apostle of color this weekend, someone who represents the broadening international base of the LDS Church? And four other possible themes of General Conference.
This week’s Meridian article on raising children to “choose” to be heterosexual is damaging, says guest blogger Mitch Mayne. What’s more, it misrepresents the LDS Church’s current position on sexual orientation.
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.
Could you forgive the person who killed your family? Mormon bishop Chris Williams did. This Monday, a special national screening of “Just Let Go” aims to show us how.
Rest in peace, darling Phyllis . . . with gratitude for all the love and nourishment you have given to so many writers, artists, church people, not-church-people, and assorted basset hounds.
Family or career? These options are too often seen as an either-or proposition by Mormon women, says today’s guest blogger. She’s launched a social media campaign to show women who are embracing both.