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How Wide the Divide . . . and can we ever Bridget?

June 25, 2009 | 27 comments

We’re pleased to welcome Bridget Jack Meyers as a guest blogger. Read more »

Mormon Studies on a Budget?

June 23, 2009 | 38 comments

A few years ago, Armand Mauss advised our readers that an essential texts list for Mormon studies probably included a dozen books (including Shipps, Bushman, Arrington, and Givens) as well as regular reading of four major periodicals. That remains a very good recommendation; however, for many Mormon studies newbies, that level of depth may not be an option. This post addresses the question, how should someone on a limited budget begin to explore Mormon studies? Read more »


June 22, 2009 | 22 comments

The New York Times has a recent article about Koogle, a search engine designed for Orthodox Jews, which allows them to avoid religiously objectionable content (such as pictures of women which are deemed not sufficiently modest). Read more »

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”: Random thoughts about Elder Callister’s Ensign article

June 5, 2009 | 83 comments

This month’s Ensign contains a talk by Elder Douglas L Callister of the Seventy (a slightly edited reprint of a prior talk, actually) titled, “Our Refined Heavenly Home.” Some thoughts on reading over the talk: Read more »

Live Free or Die

June 4, 2009 | 39 comments

It’s been a good week for the gay rights movement. Read more »

Whenever did empathy become a bad thing?

June 3, 2009 | 134 comments

The Sotomayor nomination has put the strangest ideas into circulation. The latest rallying cry is that — brace yourself — she is a judge who might have empathy. Oh, no! This is apparently a very bad thing. Read more »

Prop 8 Update

May 22, 2009 | 32 comments

From the court’s own website: The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. I’ve previously blogged some analysis of the case. Like most other observers, I expect that the court will reject both the revision/amendment challenge and the fundamental rights challenge, but will not retroactively nullify the 18,000 marriages that took place before November (thus grandfathering in those marriages). That would be, in effect, a partial victory for both sides. I guess we’ll find out one way or... Read more »

Mother’s Day: Classic Julie

May 9, 2009 | 3 comments

If you haven’t yet read Mother’s Day and The Cheerio Incident by T&S’s Julie Smith, you’re missing out, big time. Go! Read! Enjoy. Read more »

Mother’s Day: Some Favorite Conference Talks

May 8, 2009 | 2 comments

Two that come to mind are: “Daughters of God” by Elder Ballard, April 2008 Conference. “Because She Is a Mother” by Elder Holland, April 1997 Conference. Which talks are your favorites? Read more »

Mother’s Day: Proclamation

May 7, 2009 | one comment

Julie Ward Howe’s classic Mother’s Day Proclamation is a beautiful and inspiring aspiration, and is today’s Mother’s Day link. Read more »

Mother’s Day: Double Feature – Haglund & Harris

May 6, 2009 | no comments

Read the sermon by the Reverend Canon Susan Harris, halfway down. And read Kristine’s thoughts about the value of motherhood, and how she (gasp) mostly agrees with Julie Beck. Read more »

Mother’s Day: My talk

May 5, 2009 | 23 comments

It’s hard to strike the right balance, between affirming Moms who really need to be told that they made a good decision; and letting others (especially women) know that they’re okay, too. Last year, I gave this talk. It worked well in my ward, I think. It shows one way of trying to navigate the tension. Read more »

Mother’s Day: The Sea all Water

May 4, 2009 | 4 comments

“Motherhood rose around me like a tide in the weeks after my daughter’s birth,” begins Rosalynde’s 2005 post The Sea All Water. “Each night advanced toward me, implacable as a wave, my panic and dread rising like froth up a beach until the moment of submersion, when, wondrously, I found I could float. Few things in life have come to me as arduously as motherhood came, and nothing else has revealed itself as suddenly.” (more…) Read more »

Week of Mother’s Day

May 4, 2009 | 3 comments

For the week leading to Mothers Day, I’m going to post a variety of links, talks, and other related materials. We welcome your comments as we try to highlight some discussions about mothers, motherhood, and Mother’s Day. Read more »

Bye-bye, Bybee?

April 25, 2009 | 114 comments

A week ago, the New York Times joined the growing chorus of commenters calling for Judge Jay Bybee’s impeachment. Is impeachment really going to happen? And what should we think about the issue? Read more »

Effective parenting

April 22, 2009 | 13 comments

Me: Have you practiced piano today? Son2: I just finished. Me: But you only did your exercises. You need to practice your songs, too. Read more »

This I Believe

April 19, 2009 | 9 comments

Sunstone West included a panel titled This I Believe, where panelists presented short pieces (3-5 minutes) about their beliefs. My talk is here. Read more »


April 12, 2009 | 5 comments

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Sacrament Hymns

April 9, 2009 | 39 comments

There are 28 designated sacrament hymns in the current hymnal within the page range of 169 to 197. Given that we sing one per week, for 52 weeks, basic math tells us that sacrament hymns will be repeated almost twice per year — more than six times the average frequency of other hymns. Two of the 28 Sacrament hymns are duplicate texts with different music. And others (such as 178, O Lord of Hosts, or 189, O Thou Before the World Began) are rarely sung. That leaves an awful lot of weeks each year for I Stand All Amazed,... Read more »

Same-Sex Marriage in the News (but not the Newsroom)

April 7, 2009 | 59 comments

Lots of movement on the SSM front today (and this week in general).  Today, Vermont’s legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage.  Also, Washington D.C.’s city council passed a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages.   Meanwhile, last week the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that same-sex couples had a right to marry under the state constitution.  And the California court will rule on the Prop 8 appeal in the next two months.  (I don’t think the appeal will succeed.) There is no official statement that I’m aware of about these recent developments (the Newsroom is silent so far; the most recent releases... Read more »

I challenge you . . . I promise you

March 18, 2009 | 20 comments

I challenge you — all of you, collectively — to match up your bracket against mine. (And, well, everyone else who is also matching up their bracket against mine.) Read more »

The Salamander Letter in a nutshell

March 16, 2009 | 32 comments

So, what is this scary Salamander Letter that the church is hiding from everybody?    Read more »

Unsubstantiated Rumor #2

August 25, 2008 | 41 comments

Over at MAD-Board, there is rumor about a policy change, to the effect that women may now be sealed to more than one (deceased) husband (just as men may now be sealed to more than one deceased wife). Can anyone confirm or un-confirm this one? Read more »

The Race-Orientation Comparison

August 19, 2008 | 66 comments

It comes up often enough, doesn’t it: People compare race to sexual orientation, when discussing questions of marriage, medical access, and so on. Is this comparison legitimate? Read more »