“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.
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.
“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.
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).
Hecklers in the Conference Center? Halfway through Mormonism’s semiannual shindig, here are three takeaway points on what went down.
People often ask Mormon novelist Mette Harrison why she sticks with the LDS Church even if she has some problems with it. “I believe in the principle of conversation and compromise,” she says.
In a university that prides itself on its visible support for religious freedom, it’s ironic that its own students are not religiously free. It’s also unfortunate that something called an “Honor Code” implicitly encourages students who doubt their Mormon faith to lie about that fact in order to maintain their degree program, housing, and employment.