In this 4-part series I interview 3 super thoughtful, progressive LDS parents who discuss their perspectives on raising children in a non-traditional LDS home. When we say non-traditional in this context, we mean non-literalistic, non-dogmatic, unorthodox, unorthoprax, semi-believing and maybe even non-believing in some cases.
Over this 3.5 hour discussion we cover topics like:
- How to handle difficult primary songs and uncomfortable teachings with small children
- How to deal with baptism and priesthood ordinations as unorthodox members
- How to work through issues surrounding the young women and men programs
- How to “innoculate” your children against unhealthy church teachings and history
- How to handle issues of sexuality, and What to do about missions, marriage and beyond.
Our panelists include:
- Lee White: Who (along with his wonderful wife) has successfully raised four children within the church as progressive, non-literalistic, non-dogmatic, NOMish church members.
- Laurie Gallagher: Who no longer considers herself to be a “believer” in the church’s exclusive truth claiMS, but who is finding a way (along w/ her “believer” and totally cool husband) to raise their three children, combining her love for Buddhism and Eastern Spirituality with a progressive approach to LDS activity.
- Heather Olson Beal: Who comes from a devout yet progressive family background, and who (along with her husband) is finding a way to raise their three children amidst their own faith transition.
- Here is the link to Laurie’s wonderful letter to her son (a must read)
- Here are the words to the poem Laurie discussed on the podcast:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.