Zelophehad’s Daughters

Leading a Secondary Life

Posted by Eve

The discussion over at FMH on Ana’s excellent day-in-the-life-of-a-working-mom post got me thinking again about the complexities of leading a secondary life. For a variety of reasons I won’t go into here, it’s becoming more and more likely that my husband and I will never have children. (The complexities of infertility merit their own post, […]

Fun with Numbers: Is the Church Appealing to Women?

Posted by Ziff

Commenting on Seraphine’s Healing the Breach post at Times and Seasons, bbell asked this question: If as you claim the LDS church is so alienating for women then why does it seem from all I have ever read that there are more active women then men? It would seem to me that men are being […]

Culture and Doctrine

Posted by Lynnette

Commenting on a recent FMH thread (see #85), Sonnet raises some good questions: When we call something “cultural,” then we allow ourselves to think of that thing as peripheral, perhaps silly, and certainly not required for salvation. But who gets to decide what is doctrine and what is culture? . . . I would be […]

On-the-Spot Mental Meltdowns

Posted by Lynnette

One of my less pleasant memories is that of the oral exam I had to take at the end of my master’s program in theology. Mostly what I remember is sitting in a room and staring blankly at three professors who were valiantly attempting to coax me into saying something coherent. At one point I […]


Posted by Kiskilili

I’m equal. I believe that. I’m just not sure what I’m equal to. (Quite likely not to the task of composing this post.) When issues of gender in the Church come up, the term equality is sure to be bandied about, sometimes with little clear reference to anything in particular. Phrases such as husbands and […]

Doctrinal Development and Continuing Revelation

Posted by Lynnette

One of my Catholic professors once wryly observed that ten seemed to be the magic number for official Catholic pronouncements: after a new teaching had been repeated ten times, documents would begin with the phrase, “as the Church has always taught . . .” The comment made me laugh, because it reminded me of the […]

Babylon Gets Bad Press

Posted by Kiskilili

Yes, I realize it’s the whore of all the earth, the cipher not only for vermin-infested Rome but for the Great and Abominable Church itself. The ubiquitous symbol, for thousands of years, of all that is unholy and despicable. The locus from which we flee, internally, as a way of approaching God. But I have […]

Beauty and Power

Posted by Seraphine

(I originally posted this on my individual blog, from which I am currently taking a hiatus. I’ve revised it slightly and am reposting it here because I wanted a wider audience for my thoughts. Enjoy!) There was a post on Feminist Mormon Housewives earlier this year (in response to a post on a conversation in […]

The Bible as Cultural Icon

Posted by Kiskilili

Recently I led discussion sections for a course on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and its role in the early development of Judaism and Christianity, to undergraduates at a private, secular university. Quite naturally, the course drew disproportionately on Jewish and Christian students, the majority of whom had encountered the Bible extensively in religious environments but […]