A Message for my LDS Friends who are Considering Joining the Community of Christ

Through the tumult of the LDS Church’s recent policy updates regarding same-sex couples and families, I have seen many friends on social media express their determination to either resign their membership or look to the Community of Christ church as an alternative … Continue reading

In Memoriam: Big Tent Mormonism

The term “big tent Mormonism” has appeared frequently in online LDS discourse over the past 5 years, usually in the context of some good-natured navel-gazing on the part of liberal Mormons in regards to whether–or, to what extent–there is a … Continue reading

“Suffer the Little Ones”: The LDS Church’s Recent Policy Updates Regarding Same-Sex Families

Ease back from the ledge. Like many who follow developments within the LDS Church online, I too felt as if the wind were taken out of my sails following the recent news of policy shifts regarding same-sex couples and children in … Continue reading

Leaders Have Lied about Church History, but Maybe It’s Not Their Fault

“Maybe we should stop saying we’ve been lied to by the Church,” Brian Whitney recently argued here on WWE. Church leaders have been wrong, Brian admitted, but maybe not intentionally dishonest on historical issues. Konden Smith’s pointed rejoinder to Brian last … Continue reading

Race and the Mormon Struggle to Revise Whiteness

Mormonism’s nineteenth-century white Protestant critics often cast the Latter-day Saints as racially degenerate—a tragic decline into non-white barbarism. Anxious about the lack of obvious physical markers of this degeneracy, critics constructed fantasies of distinctive Mormon bodies: red, black, yellow, and … Continue reading