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Mormon Church Officials Condemn Oregon Anti-Government Occupation

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

Mormon church officials are distancing themselves from the anti-government militia that has taken over a building at a federal wildlife refuge i...

Holi Rollers: Religious Ecstasy in Spanish Fork/Appropriate Appropriating?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

From one perspective, the undulating and gyrating masses (thousands upon thousands at any given time and throughout the weekend in March of this year) could have been observed at any number of places: a rock concert, a dance club, or a college party.

From Seeing to Understanding

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

New Mormon Policy on LGBT: The Next Proposition 8

Mitch Mayne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

Just seven years after Prop 8, it's "déjà vu all over again." This time it feels self-mutilating. Instead of campaigning to impose unconstitutional public policies on the rest of the world -- a battle that we lost when the U.S. Supreme court upheld appellate court rulings supporting same sex marriage -- we seem to be cutting off our proverbial nose to spite our face.

The Mormon Church Missed An Opportunity To Engage Race, International Diversity

Jana Riess | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Jana Riess

All of our 12 apostles are white, our nine female auxiliary leaders are white, and most of the members of the Quorum of the Seventy are white.

We Are All Survivors

Kiley Smith | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Kiley Smith

This article was originally posted via Cherry Blossoms The Blog Few moments of my life have brought so much pain to me that I struggle to br...

Inmates Indexing Genealogy Records

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.

God Is Not Dead: Google's Ngram Viewer Reveals Two Centuries of Religious Trends

David Briggs | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

God is not dead. Fundamentalists are seemingly creeping up everywhere. And despite their spectacular growth, Mormons were never more in the public eye than when they were being targeted in the 19th century.

Doing and Being

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I'm a long way from saying I've achieved this, but I'm far enough into it that I'm skeptical of the idea of achieving anything. If I give up all my lists and checkmarks, then where am I? Maybe I'm just where I'm supposed to BE.

BREAKING: Mormons Change Missionarie Uniforms In Tropical Climates

Salt Lake Tribune / Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – The iconic look of Mormon missionaries — dark suit, white shirt, tie and black name tag — has just dropped one element — the ...

Where Mormon Feminists Stand A Year After Kate Kelly's Excommunication

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion

Nancy Ross was sitting next to Kate Kelly at an Ordain Women board meeting in Salt Lake City on June 23, 2014, when Kelly learned that she had been ex...

No, the Charleston Shooting Was Not An Attack on "Religious Freedom"

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The editorial finishes by warning readers that a key lesson to learn from this tragedy is to avoid of "the dangers of a rising secularism that would limit religious expression."

Mormons Show Off Their Support Of LGBT Rights At Utah's Pride Festival

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

Mormons fighting for LGBT equality showed up in full force at this year’s Utah Pride Festival, an annual celebration and pride march that occurred t...

How Mormons Choose A New Apostle

Salt Lake Tribune / Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – There’s no telling when LDS authorities will fill the void left by longtime Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry who died Saturday (May 30...

Top-ranking Mormon Leader Dies From Cancer

AP | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader L. Tom Perry, a member of the faith's highest governing body, has died from cancer. He was 92. Perry died Satur...

Mormon Mother Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in Her Church

Wendy Montgomery | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Wendy Montgomery

Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.

I'm A Mormon Mom Taking A Stand For All The Gay Kids In Our Church

Diane Oviatt | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Diane Oviatt

I want to find every struggling gay Mormon child and cup their faces in my hands, and tell them how loved they are, AS they are.

Mormon "Middle Way" Approach to LGBT Protections Boosts Its Public Favorability

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

As the Supreme Court is set to rule next month on the Constitutionality of same-sex marriage, many political and religious leaders continue to seek a balance between LGBT rights and religious freedom.

Mormon Activist Kate Kelly Says She's ‘Happier' After Excommunication

Salt Lake Tribune | Thomas Burr | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK — Nearly a year removed from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness ...

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mormon Family Home Evening: An Episcopal Priest's Perspective

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Always intrigued by the traditions of others, I wanted to find out how Family Home Evening affected Mormon life.

Small Band Of Mormons To Church Leaders: ‘All Is Not Well In Zion'

Salt Lake Tribune | Kristen Moulton | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in decades, a small band of Mormons who disagree with their church stood during the semi-annual General Conferen...

The Struggle For Transgender Mormons

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. It wa...

BYU Graduates Campaign Against School's Treatment Of Ex-Mormons

The Salt Lake Tribune | Annie Knox | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the pr...

LDS Elder: Mormons Are Free To Back Gay Marriage On Social Media

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or c...