Big Islands

Grace, Works, and Becoming @ Times & Seasons
  -  Since at least the time of Augustine of Hippo and Pelagius, western Christianity has been...

A French perspective on secularism @ By Common Consent
  -  David Aubril is a French teacher, fond of didactics, literature, UNIX systems and free...

Why I have a Pro-Choice Sign in my Front Yard (Even Though I Don’t Call Myself That) @ By Common Consent
  -  [The publication Current asked me to write up my thoughts about abortion; I ended up...

Accuracy of the Journal of Discourses @ Times & Seasons
  -  One of my ongoing dreams is to be able to afford a full set of the Journal of Discourses...

A Rant about Self-Reliance @ By Common Consent
  -  Self-Reliance is not a gospel principle. It is found nowhere in the scriptures. The...

Anti-“Utah Mormon” Bigotry @ Times & Seasons
  -    A few scattered thoughts on both anti-“Utah Mormon” and...

Asking the Right Questions: Four Theses on Framing the Abortion Debate @ By Common Consent
  -  Texts are tricky things, whether they are scriptural, historical, literary, or...

The Smith Family and the First Vision @ Times & Seasons
  -  One of the more interesting points of contention about the history of the First Vision is...

The Church’s New Statement on Abortion @ Times & Seasons
  -  As mentioned previously, I’m very pro-life. As far as we could tell, we were the...

Supporting Life — Every Life @ By Common Consent
  -  The U.S. Supreme Court this morning overturned Roe v. Wade. The effect of the ruling will...

Missionaries’ Discomfort: A Parent’s Perspective @ By Common Consent
  -  Last year, Elder Kopischke’s talk on mental health finally spoke of...

The Great Plan of Happiness and (Apple TV’s) Severance @ By Common Consent
  -  Apple TV’s series Severance is brilliant. Its topology in multiple dimensions is...

The First AI Church Art Show @ Times & Seasons
  -  I have grade school offspring that can draw better than me, and because of the accident...

Ghostwriter to the Prophet @ Times & Seasons
  -  I suspect that if we really knew and experienced the early history of the Church of Jesus...

Faith Demoting Rumors and Mormon Sexual Urban Legends @ Times & Seasons
  -  This last semester I taught a class on sexuality and statistics (the Chair’s idea, not...

Juneteenth and Utah Territory @ Times & Seasons
  -  Tomorrow is Sunday, June 19, which is celebrated as Juneteenth National Independence...

[Spiritual Languages] The End of the Beginning @ Times & Seasons
  -  I apologize for the long gap between my last post and this one. My husband is one of...

Depression, anxiety, and promises of healing @ By Common Consent
  -  I’ve experienced depression and generalized anxiety for as long as I can remember....

Fetishizing Doubt @ Times & Seasons
  -  While some in the Church fear or are anxious around religious doubt, I feel that in some...

Of Flags and Symbols of the Church @ Times & Seasons
  -  The state of Utah is looking into creating a new flag.  I was interested, so looked into...

Sunday Sermon: On Faith and Being Enough @ By Common Consent
  -  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But...

Lectures on Obedience @ By Common Consent
  -  David Aubril is a French teacher, fond of didactics, literature, UNIX systems and free...

Are Latter-day Saints Disproportionately Gay? @ Times & Seasons
  -  Anecdotally, it has seemed to me for a while that Latter-day Saint families in particular...

What Are The Odds of Being A Church Leader? @ Times & Seasons
  -  An issue that came up in my last post on church leadership as a marker of righteousness...

Susa Young Gates @ Times & Seasons
  -  When I was a child, I heard of Susan B. Anthony, Susa Young Gates, and John Sousa, but...

Mental Health Professionals in Support of Natasha Helfer @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
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Come Follow Me “correction” As Harmful As Before @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Dear Latter-day Saints, The latest online correction to the Come Follow Me manual has me...

Authority, Scripture, and Social Location @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  By Margaret Olsen Hemming Over the last couple of years, I’ve described The Book of...

Pop Culture Friday: Justice In America @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  It’s been awhile since I promo-ed a podcast.  Today I’m spotlighting a more serious...

Pop Culture Friday: Jane the Virgin @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  If you are looking for a binge-worthy TV show with fantastic characters, great acting, a...

Pop Culture Friday: Dread Nation @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today’s (slightly late, sorry, the school year just started and my brain is mostly...

Pop Culture Friday: The Memory of Light and Disappeared @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I have a 2-in-1 recommendation for you today, two excellent books by Francisco X....

Pop Culture Friday: The Poet X @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I love a good slam poem, one full of emotion and power and truth.  One of the great...

Pop Culture Friday: The Witch Boy @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Aster’s family keeps to themselves.  They live in the woods outside of town and have...

Pop Culture Friday: #WizardTeam @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today I want to highlight one of my favorite podcasts: #WizardTeam by Black Girls...