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.
“If we are going to do something as drastic as cut off fellowship, we had better have a darn good reason for it,” Mormon blogger Katie Langston wrote yesterday. “And someone pointing out the problems in our community is not that reason.”
Geoff Thatcher gets a little frustrated when Mormon teachers try to ban smart phones in church. Can’t they see the potential of social media?
While I’m always glad to see Mormons cooperating with other denominations, the unlikely alliance of Mormons, Catholics, and evangelicals against gay marriage is a sad example of the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
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.
We often hear the 2011 Pew statistic that only 13% of Mormon men and 8% of women support women’s ordination. But what if that figure is already out of date?