“Over three decades of Christian ministry, Bart became increasingly committed to building loving relationships, working for social justice and cultivating a sense of gratitude for the wonders of life. Now, as a community builder, counselor, podcaster, and humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, he inspires and supports non-believers who are banding together to
In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview Savannah and her mother, Heather. Savannah recently generated international media attention when she came out as gay to her Mormon ward (congregation) in Eagle Mountain, Utah during fast and testimony meeting (May 7, 2017). Towards the end of her testimony, a presiding priesthood authority cut off her microphone
This episode is a recording of Dr. John Dehlin’s goodbye presentation to Cache Valley Oasis – a secular support community formed in Fall of 2015 in Logan, Utah. In his presentation (recorded May 21, 2017), John shared reflections of “lessons” he has learned over the course of 13 years as a Mormon/Post-Mormon activist.
Concluding our series on Transgender/Intersex issues within Mormonism, we interview London Flynn. London discusses her transition from male to female as a post-Mormon teen, including: Her desires and behaviors she wanted to take part in as a child, but was not free to express Achieving the Eagle Scout award as a teen, but feeling disconnected
In this episode of Mormon Stories, we continue our series on Transgender/Intersex education within Mormonism by interviewing Alex Autry. Alex discusses his transition from female to male as a post-Mormon teen, including: His early feelings and experiences with gender as a child His upbringing in the LDS Church and feelings of disconnection while involved in
In this episode, John and Margi interview four individuals who are transgender and either active LDS or former LDS. Our panelists for this interview are Kimberly, Ann, Emmett, and Augustus. We discuss: What it was like growing up in the LDS Church What effect bullying and life in the “closet” had on them How
We are a group of women 40+ with longer life experiences. We are grandmothers, mothers, aunts, single, divorced, widowed or married. We are LGBT friendly and feminists! Many of us are just learning feminism. Having felt the pain of patriarchy, but not having a “language” to describe our experiences, we are giving ourselves permission to
Kim Sandberg Turner is the founder of Women of a Certain Age (WOCA) – a network of support communities for 40+ post-Mormon women. In this four part episode, Kim discusses: Part 1: Her years growing up as a faithful Mormon in Salt Lake City, meeting and marrying Terry (her childhood sweetheart and husband of 42
As progressive and post-Mormons continue to leave the LDS church in increasing numbers, many former LDS church members miss the sense of community that they once enjoyed as active Mormons. Oasis is a network of secular communities that meet weekly (on Sundays), organized according to the following values: 1) People are more important than beliefs.
On September 27, 2015 the first Community of Good Sunday service was held in Logan, UT at the Cache Valley Unitarian Universalist church building. The Cache Valley Community of Good has created the following group description: This secular community provides a supportive environment to residents in or near Cache Valley who may or may not choose
Alison Udall is the co-founder and main force behind Mormon Spectrum – a web site dedicated to supporting Mormons across the belief spectrum with content and community. Since the release of Mormon Spectrum in August of 2015, the creation and growth of progressive and post-Mormon support communities have skyrocketed thank to Alison and the Mormon Spectrum
In this two-part episode, Steve and Chris Holbrook discuss the following: Part 1: Their early years in the LDS church, their disaffection from the church, and the factors that led to their interest in joining the Utah Valley Post-Mormon Community Part 2: Steve and Chris share the lessons they have learned over the years in
Micah Nickolaisen has been an important participant in the Mormon Internet for the past three years. His activism began in 2012 as co-founder of both the “A Thoughtful Faith” and the “Exploring Sainthood” podcasts/communities – both of which sought to encourage thoughtful and faithful LDS Church activity/participation. After losing his faith/confidence in the LDS Church
In this episode, four members of the Phoenix Mormon Stories Support Community — Kendahl, Lauren, Scott, and James — discuss: 1) the value that this community has played in their lives, and 2) the lessons they have learned about how to successfully run such a community. If you are interested in joining a Mormon Stories Support Community
On March 26, 2011 Mormon Stories held its first regional retreat/conference in New York City. This presentation exploring the future for uncorrelated/non-traditional/unorthodox Mormons was given by John Dehlin. The PowerPoint file for this presentation can be found here. The music for this episode was generously provided by the Sabre Rattlers.