Sunday in Outer Blogness: Thanksgiving Edition!

OK, so, it's not a holiday here, but I hear many of you were celebrating some holiday involving lots of delicious recipes! Plus some thanking and some dangerous conversations with loved ones. I'm just thankful that things have slowed down a bit. It's getting to the point where a slow news week is one with only one or two terrorist attacks -- this time from white males who chose to unlawfully use force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: aftershocks edition!

Things have perhaps calmed down a bit, but the fallout from the disastrous policy isn't over yet. The CoJCoL-dS has hit the national news again with this error -- with lots of coverage of the people quitting the church. (But should you resign or make them kick you out instead? Or try something new?) Also, lots of personal stories about gay Mormon families are rolling in, as well as sadder tales. Another PR masterpiece was how the CoCJoL-dS reminded everyone about Mormonism's favorite closet-skeleton: Read more [...]

Check out “Upper Room Cartoon”

There's a new Mormon-themed Youtube channel, and it looks very promsing: The Upper Room Cartoon. Two cartoons have been posted so far. They look exactly the same: five white guys who are leaders of the church (have to admit that I don't pay enough attention to who the leaders are, so I can only recognize Monson and Uchtdorf for sure) discuss some topic relevant to a problem in the church for under four minutes. The first is about the horrible new policy punishing the children of gay people. Read more [...]

The true meaning of service: Scott Miller and Mark Hubble’s “The Book of a Mormon”

Like many young Mormon adults, Scott Miller set off on a mission largely because he had always planned to -- but wasn't really prepared for what he was getting himself into. This mission memoir takes place in the late 70's -- earlier than most others I've read. Amusing 70's-specific tidbits include Elder Miller trying to explain the racist priesthood/temple ban and later finding out about the end of the ban from a non-member who had read about it in the newspaper. Curiously timely stuff if you're Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: The gods must be crazy edition!!

This has been quite a difficult week. I generally try to get the week's news down to a manageable list of links, but there has been so much going on that this could take a while... By now you've surely heard that the First Presidency of the CoJCoL-dS has issued a "clarification" to the disastrous new policy. I put "clarification" in scare quotes because it was obviously a change in policy, and it's not really any clearer than before. It would have been nearly impossible for them to stick to Read more [...]

The 8 things I’d like to ask

I know...I have resigned my membership. So why do I care about the new Mormon church policy update that impacts LGBT Mormons? Why bother stressing about it if I don't even belong or believe? Because this was my faith community for 46 years. Because it was how I was raised. Because I have active believing children (and now grandchildren), parents, a sister, extended family and friends that do continue to believe and participate. Because the Mormon church continues to impact those relationships. Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: People and families edition!

I have done all that I can to ensure that my kids will never have to choose between having a relationship with their father and his partner whom they both love, and being involved in the church that their mother loves. Now, because my boys live with me part time, they are excluded from membership in the church unless they receive approval from the First Presidency. I’m really hurting. Just when I thought that I had found a way to live with tolerance toward the church they’ve come out and attacked Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: More fun for the women edition!

As you might imagine, the discussion of last week's essay on women, the priesthood, and Heavenly Mother isn't done. The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother that you aren't allowed to talk to or about is just too problematic. And the bit in the essay about women and the priesthood seems to be sending a mixed message. Though some brave souls have tried to make sense of the essay, others are quicker to cut the bullshit. Commentary includes podcasts and poetry. Of course, can you expect the church to do Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: New essay edition!

The CoJCoL-dS just released a new essay -- this time on women's roles and Mother in Heaven (u redd it first here) -- and everyone is talking about it! As usual, not everyone is thrilled by it: I need a mother. I don’t need the notion of a mother, or even the appreciation for a mother. I need a mother that comes with me in the middle of the night to take care of a child. I need a mother who nurtures my intellect and challenges me to do more. I need a mother who believes in social justice and Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Another week, another SiOB edition, ;)

Sigh, this week has been pretty calm compared to last week. I guess there was this article about mishies not getting the healthcare they need, which gave some deserved publicity to the Sick RMs organization. President Newsroom's response made me sick. Just a couple weeks after the fiasco of handing all the new apostleships -- the actual money/power roles -- to three more white guys from Utah, nobody on the committee suggested that maybe it was a little too soon to start using their one black/brown Read more [...]
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