Zelophehad’s Daughters

The Commenting Olympics

Posted by Petra

The Bloggernacle has always been a competitive place—witness the fiercely contested Niblets—so it’s about time we added some formality to our favorite way of proving we’re better than everyone else: the comments section. Want to compete, but specialize in a particular style of obnoxious commenting? Never fear; with multiple events, the Comment Olympics offer a […]

For the Ones Who Never Wanted a Fight

Posted by Apame

I’m a rare presence around these here parts.  But I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about something particular for a few months now–enough that I thought perhaps I could write something little (and by little I mean personal and rambling) about it. The thing is that, well, I’m a person with some pretty solid […]

CFP for the Fifth Biennial Faith and Knowledge Conference

Posted by ZD

The Faith and Knowledge Conference has just issued its Call for Papers. If you’re in a relevant discipline, you should definitely consider participating; it’s an awesome conference. —————————————– The Faith and Knowledge Conference was established in 2007 to bring together LDS graduate students in religious studies and related disciplines in order to explore the interactions […]

Taking Ally Isom at Her Word

Posted by Mike C

On Sunday I decided to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting and talk about my involvement with Ordain Women. I’ve transcribed below approximately what I said. In case you were wondering, in my opinion it was only the third strangest testimony of the meeting. Yay for Mormon weirdness! Next post I’ll share the response so far from […]

Of Persecution, Polygamy, and Youth Treks

Posted by Guest

This guest post comes to us from Greg Nelson. Greg lives in Allen, Texas, with his wife and three kids, and has business degrees from both BYU and BYU-Idaho. “In many ways, I feel about the Church the same way I feel about my family…I and my siblings might go on for hours about what’s […]

Returning

Posted by Seraphine

I’ve been inactive for a few years now. In some regards, it was a conscious decision. 3-4 years ago, my life got really complicated, and those complications included God and religion. I needed a break to find my center and figure out how to be okay with who I was, and I needed to do […]

For Kate

Posted by Galdralag

“Excommunication in our church is akin to spiritual death. The life-saving ordinances you have participated in like baptism, confirmation, and temple sealing are moot.  In effect, you are being forcibly evicted from your forever family. Given the gravity of the situation, I feel like being invited to a council of this sort is akin to […]

Communities

Posted by Lynnette

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard about the September Six. However, I do know that I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I read about it obsessively, trying to make sense of what was happening with my church. But there was only so much to read. There was no internet, no […]

“Apostasy,” Part I: What Kate Kelly’s Apostasy Means to People Like Me

Posted by Melyngoch

I loved my mission. It was by far the time in my life when I felt the happiest and most confident in the Church, most certain of its truth, most integrated into its community. Swedish Mormonism seemed an idyllic and open-hearted version of its American cousin, where the utter weirdness of the Church relative to […]

LDS Church Leadership Agrees to Meet with Kate Kelly

Posted by The Bouncer

In a surprising turn of events, LDS Church leaders have finally agreed to meet with female ordination activist and human rights attorney, Kate Kelly. After ignoring or rebuffing her requests for over a year, Church leaders have invited her to a meeting in her former ward building in Virginia on June 22nd. According to the […]

A Lexicon of Newspeak

Posted by Kiskilili

In recent days the church newsroom has released statements that provide helpful context for current goings-on in our global church community. Unfortunately, the newsroom may not be aware that not all members are fluent in Newspeak. I’m providing the following lexicon in the hopes that it can bridge that comprehension gap: family: people we would […]

Room for All in this Church

Posted by ZD

A collective statement from a number of bloggers, podcasters, and other online publishers, in support of clemency and openness. We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, its doctrine, and its history—often in spaces afforded by the Internet. In […]

Don’t Ask. Don’t Seek. Don’t Knock.

Posted by Ziff

Here are a few things I learned from the disciplinary action Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are threatened with: The Ninth Article of Faith can pretty much be blotted out of the canon. As of 1842, there may have been “great and important” things still to be revealed. As of 2014, they have all been […]

Take This Survey: Mormons, Garments, and Body Image

Posted by Melyngoch

  Jessica Finnigan and Nancy Ross are writing an article on Mormons’ views of their bodies and garments, and are using the survey below to gather information. They want to know how you feel about your body and how you feel about your garments and how your feelings about those two things interact and/or intersect. […]

Three Lessons

Posted by Pandora

Number One: What I was supposed to learn on Pioneer Trek when I was 14 Pioneer trek is an admittedly weird tradition that has popped up in LDS stakes all over the Mountain West. And every pioneer trek I have ever heard of made sure to include the ritual known as the “Women’s Pull.”  What […]

The Conundrum of Women’s Initiatories and the Two Paradigms for Priesthood

Posted by Kiskilili

How do we lance the following Gordian knot in our theology? Ordinances are only legitimate when they’re performed by authorized priesthood holders. All authorized priesthood holders are male, exclusively. Yet ordinances performed by authorized women are equally legitimate. There have been a number of attempts to develop a theological vocabulary that describes female-performed ordinances in […]

PR, Niceness, and Exclusion

Posted by Melyngoch

The final paragraph of Michael Otterson’s recently-released blog-posty letter-to-no-one makes a closing plea for its readers to be gentle: Inevitably, some will respond to a lengthy post like this with animosity or will attempt to parse words or misinterpret what I have said, “straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.” Nevertheless, I hope that […]

Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD: Why Words Matter

Posted by ZD Past

In this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD we step into the way-back machine to read Seraphine’s explanation of why words matter. One of the things that we sometimes discuss in my Women’s Studies classes is the issue of language. Many feminists critique the use of “man” or “mankind” to refer to men and women, the use […]

“To Be Like Man, Almost”

Posted by Lynnette

“How infinite that wisdom, The plan of holiness, That made salvation perfect And veiled the Lord in flesh, To walk upon his footstool And be like man, almost, In his exalted station, And die, or all was lost.” W.W. Phelps, “O God the Eternal Father,” Hymns 175 Theologians often distinguish between a “high christology” and […]

Thoughts of a Non-Convert

Posted by Lynnette

I worry about posting this. I know it can be a touchy topic, and I don’t want to be the elephant carelessly stomping around and offending people right and left. So if I’m doing that, then tell me. Really. Then I’ll know what to do better next time. I’m not a convert.  I know, I […]