752-753: Derrick Clements – Ethically Navigating the Middle Way of Mormonism
June 8, 2017
In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Derrick Clements—a new contributor to “The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review” podcast series with Gina Colvin, avid podcaster, and reporter for Provo’s Daily Herald.
Derrick and John begin part 1 by discussing categories of people who remain active in the LDS Church, including those who are:
Unaware of church “problems”
Unable to leave without massive disruption in their lives
Unempathetic to those the church harms
Staying to improve the church
Genuinely spiritually converted
Motivated to stay for tribal / identity sentiments
In part 2, Derrick shares his beliefs and reasons for remaining active in the LDS Church and the important role personal honesty and integrity play in that decision. As a general rule, Derrick avoids dogma and does not rely heavily on truth claims as the root of his faith.
Derrick and John answer the difficult questions such as:
“Is it disingenuous to stay active in the LDS Church with knowledge of ‘problems’ of historicity and knowing the harm the church inflicts on groups of people, like LGBTQ individuals?”
“Are the people who remain complicit in that harm?”
“Should the teachings of the church be taken literally or metaphorically?”