693-696: Nadine McCombs Hansen – Progressive Mormon Pioneer

Nadine McCombs Hansen has been championing progressive causes within Mormonism for over three decades.  Some of her efforts include:

  • Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment as a Mormon mother, including interactions with Sonia Johnson.
  • Speaking out in favor of female priesthood ordination within Mormonism in the 1980s.
  • Opposing Proposition 22 and Proposition 8 in California, in support of same-sex marriage.
  • Working as an attorney in support of children of FLDS families in southern Utah.

In this 4-part series, Nadine discusses her evolution and reflects on her life as a progressive Mormon pioneer.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

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15 comments for “693-696: Nadine McCombs Hansen – Progressive Mormon Pioneer

  1. Name Withheld
    February 11, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Thank you Nadine and John. Part two has been fascinating because I grew up on the SF Peninsula and was also born in 1947. I lived and attended college in the same communities where Nadine did, but as a single nonmember. I was baptized in 1996 and was active for 14 years, leaving during the rein of Los Altos Stake Pres Carmack. Nadine, you have filled in so much history for me, any of which would have deterred me from baptism. As an investigator the church was presented to me in a very different manner than it existed in reality. I know the church was meant to be part of my life’s journey, but knowing what I know now, it irks me that I joined, grrrrrr. BTW, the tragic Matis suicide happened on the steps of the chapel I attended, but I never heard a word spoken about it from either members or leaders. I’m looking forward to parts three and four!

  2. Name Withheld
    February 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I have had the most enjoyable day – having just concluded listening to all four episodes with Nadine McCombs Hansen. Nadine, I met you briefly at the 2015 Sunstone Conference where I confided to you about a very difficult Bishop’s interview where my bishop (nearly young enough to be my son) asked me about my sexual practices. At any rate, ever since that brief meeting I have felt a connection to you and to your work. I had no idea you had asked to have your name removed. I also had the same visceral reaction to the November policy and after listening to Elder Nelson in January of 2016 – claiming it was revelation – I could no longer have my name associated with the church. Because I had also been a member for over sixty years, it has been quite a roller-coaster ride. My sincere gratitude to you as a progressive pioneer who has helped me see more clearly and act in accordance with my conscience. And thank you, John, for your valuable work. It is much appreciated!

  3. Kerstin
    February 13, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Thank you for this very insightful interview. We need more of Nadines in the world.

  4. Ksmith
    February 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Nadine,
    What a wonderful walk I just had listening to you talk. I love your smart, confident voice. It makes me want to be more brave and stand up for what I know is right. I find myself unable to go to church anymore, the policy was my tipping point. But I just quietly don’t go and I do not cause waves with my very conservative Mormon family. Your a really good example of causing waves in the nicest way possible. I loved every minute of this podcast. Thank you!

  5. Azul
    February 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Nadine & John,
    Thanks for a very interesting and inspiring podcast! I LOVE to hear the experiences of women who are able to confidently & thoughtfully navigate the terrain that’s created when ones heart and beliefs collide w/ church policies and practices. I wish I would have had some Nadine-type role models in my life while growing up. I found the $$ tracking info fascinating & was suprised and disappointed to learn that the church would go as far as it did in soliciting donations for prop 8. It certainly sheds new light on the church leadership for me. Keep pioneering Nadine! I love your spirit & example!

  6. Nadine Hansen
    February 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks to those of you who have commented. In case any of you have interest in seeing the writings that were referenced in my interview, here they are.

    My Sunstone talk on Patriarchs and Politics: from the ERA to the Proclamation on the Family:
    https://www.scribd.com/…/Patriarchs-Politics-Talk-PDF

    My Sunstone talk about the Atonement. I read the first page in the interview regarding the experience I had when I was a teenager:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/337956045/Atonement-Talk

    My request to have my name removed:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/290259690/LDS-Resignation

    My defense of Kate Kelly. This one was for her bishop. I did separate ones for her appeal to her Stake President and to the First Presidency, but I’m not sure where they are:
    https://www.scribd.com/…/Apostasy-council-brief-in…

    My Pillars of my Faith talk from Sunstone 2001. I can’t remember whether or not I talked about it.
    https://www.scribd.com/document/337956220/Pillars

  7. Aaron
    February 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Near the end Nadine mentioned a woman who attempted to resign from another church and ended up in a law suit over it… Does anybody have a resource to learn more about that case? I didn’t realize people couldn’t resign from church in the past.

  8. Ryan
    February 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This was a great interview. I loved it.

  9. Andrew
    February 18, 2017 at 6:09 am

    for interestng and thoughtful interview, amazing women, thank you’s to you both.

  10. Nancy
    February 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Nadine I loved your story. I grew up in Sunnyvale in the late 60s/70s. My father and brother also graduated from Santa Clara law school. But what I really wanted to say to you is that as a parent of an LGBT child I thank you for your advocacy. Needless to say the church’s involvement in Prop 8 is what finally broke my shelf although I didn’t resign until Nov 2015. My child is doing well but she had to leave the church too. Once again a great story!!!!!

  11. Wayne
    February 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome interview! you have been a real inspiration to me. We need more Nadines in this world.

  12. Nicole
    February 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    You are an amazing person, Nadine! I loved every minute of this interview. We have many parallels in our consciousness raising moments. I really appreciate you adding your writings, too. Thank you for your inspiration!

  13. clh
    February 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Nadine. You are such a dear person, wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove. Wish you continued happiness.

  14. Kristin
    February 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thank you, Nadine! I admire you so much for all the work that you have done. And I admire you also for your warmth and beautiful attitude. I hope you have found some like-minded friends in Cedar City!

  15. Aubrey
    February 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Nadine said she suspected that LDS people in other states were contacted to give donations to prop 8. I lived in Arizona at the time, and we had a stake conference where an apostle was broadcasted to us and was speaking live. He was also simultaneously broadcasted to other stakes. He said specifically that if we wanted to follow the bretheren, we would support prop 8. There was another proposition in Arizona regarding same sex marriage at the same time, and we were asked to vote against same sex marriage. Our ward also designated a person to collect donations for these causes and hand out signs for members to put in their yards. She presented during relief society and priesthood.

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