Zelophehad’s Daughters

On Laughter

Posted by Katya

More than ten years ago, now, I went through the most brutal emotional experience of my life—one that still haunts me on an almost daily basis. Under the circumstances, I was temporarily numb to almost any emotion. The next Sunday, before Sacrament Meeting, a friend of mine in the ward came over to say hi […]

Farewell, Adrienne Rich

Posted by Lynnette

When I was a teenager, I didn’t really like poetry. It seemed like a language I didn’t speak, a secret code that I couldn’t figure out. I dutifully read it for my English classes the way the way that one duly eats your vegetables, because they are Good For You–and, of course, because I was […]

Faith and Creeds (More Thoughts on An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32)

Posted by Lynnette

Now that I have made some general comments about the overall theological approach of An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32, I would like to engage some of the specific content. As I said in my last post, there is a lot of great material. But two subjects in particular caught my interest: faith, […]

Some Thoughts on An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32

Posted by Lynnette

An Experiment on the Word (ed. Adam S. Miller, Salt Press 2011) is a product of the Mormon Theology Seminar, a short-term collaborative project in which a small group of people engage in a close read of specific texts. This particular book focuses on Alma 32. It includes a jointly-authored summary report of the conclusions […]

Doctrine as Grammar

Posted by Lynnette

One of the endlessly entertaining topics in Mormonism is the conundrum of figuring out what exactly constitutes “official doctrine,” and how we make that determination. I found myself seriously grappling with this dilemma early on in my theological studies, when I first attempted to write an academic paper on Mormonism for a non-LDS audience. I […]

Why I don’t really love the Church (and why I think God’s okay with it)

Posted by Lady Amalthea

Before commenting, I’d like to request that people please review the policies – please refrain from giving me advice (the questions I ask here are meant to stimulate discussion, they are not me actually asking for people to give to me personally solutions), questioning my testimony, or challenging my faith.  Any such attempts to do […]

Happy International Women’s Day

Posted by Apame

The following fantastic, inspirational, and hilarious video-parody brought to you by Alice Paul, Harry Burn, the Women’s Suffrage Movement…and Lady Gaga. You won’t regret clicking this link.

Repudiating Sexism?

Posted by Lynnette

So what happens when the Washington Post writes, “The LDS Stance on Women,” and contacts a BYU religion professor who explains that women are too spiritual to need the priesthood; women are highly valued in LDS theology because men can’t be exalted without them; women are actually blessed by not having to deal with the […]


Posted by Vada

My husband and I are working on adopting, which is a large part of why I’ve been mostly absent here for the last year. I wrote this post last night on our adoption blog, but I thought it might generate some good discussion here, and go along nicely with some of the recent posts, so […]