My Excommunication

February 10, 2015
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My press release from today.

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522: Three Inspirations on the Eve of My Disciplinary Council: Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner

February 7, 2015
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522: Three Inspirations on the Eve of My Disciplinary Council: Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner

“Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner” April 12, 2014 McMurrin Lecture: In her lecture, Flake defines an intellectual as one who loves and is committed to the life of the mind, one for whom thought is both a delight and a necessity, a source as well as means for human flourishing. This does not mean a life without conflicts, as illustrated by three intellectuals – Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner. Flake will consider their intellectual lives in relation to the religious culture from which they came. Doing so will tell…

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A Request for Mormon Newsroom and Eric Hawkins

February 7, 2015
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A note to Mormon Newsroom and Eric Hawkins (Senior Manager, Media Relations, LDS Church Public Affairs Department), It has been confirmed to me by multiple sources that over the past few days and weeks you have been attempting to directly seek corrections from news outlets who have reported that my public support of Ordain Women, same-sex marriage, and my refusal to censor Mormon Stories podcast were important factors in the LDS Church’s decision to seek a disciplinary council for me (choosing instead to focus on my publicly-expressed doubts about certain LDS Church truth claims). I am including in this message to…

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A Response to Peggy Fletcher Stack about OSF Finances

February 7, 2015
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I obviously cannot know what Peggy Fletcher Stack​’s intentions were in the writing and timing of her recent Salt Lake Tribune article about me entitled “Mormon facing excommunication makes his living off his podcasts.”  I will say at the outset that I consider Peggy to be both a longtime hero and a friend of sorts.  I was also very grateful for many positive things that Peggy mentioned in her article. Overall I felt like the article was balanced, but I can also imagine how many active, faithful LDS Church members will respond to an article written primarily about my compensation(???)…

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Details for Sunday, Response to Apostasy Charge, and Concerns about the Disciplinary Council

February 5, 2015
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I have put together a release that summarizes a few key things: New details regarding Sunday’s disciplinary council, including information about the vigil organized by Micah Nicholaison. My formal response to the apostasy charge, including quotes from President Bryan King supporting why I feel (know) my support of Ordain Women and same-sex marriage are parts of the apostasy charge. Important evidence that LDS Church PR is misleading journalists about the reasons for my disciplinary council. New information about our not being allowed to audio record the council, our being required to sign a form to promise not to record (even though Utah law…

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521: Mormon Stories: A Tribute from Past Podcast Participants

January 24, 2015
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As John Dehlin faces a disciplinary council for his work on Mormon Stories, more than two dozen past participants offer their thoughts on what John and the podcast have meant to them and to Mormonism. These reflections include faithful, orthodox Latter-Day Saints and ex-Mormons; famous scholars and private individuals; and social activists and theologians. They reflect the inclusiveness of the Mormon Stories project, past, present, and future — and the many ways lives have been changed and improved by involvement with John’s work. We invite listeners to share their own reflections about the importance of Mormon Stories in the comments…

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520: John Dehlin’s TribTalk with Jennifer Napier-Pearce about Disciplinary Council

January 22, 2015
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Popular Mormon podcaster John Dehlin will face a church disciplinary council on Sunday to address allegations of apostasy. On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Dehlin joined Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about his faith and how he views dissent, doubt and discipline within the LDS Church.

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Responses from Bishops and Stake Presidents about Public Support of Ordain Women and Same-Sex Marriage

January 22, 2015
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I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this question: Can LDS church members remain members in good standing/full fellowship (with a temple recommend) and show public support for either Ordain Women and/or Same-Sex Marriage? I have a favor to ask those of you who are willing.  Will you please email your bishops and/or stake presidents with the following question: “Dear – Bishop/Stake President, I have a quick question to ask.  Can I remain a member in good standing/full fellowship (with a temple recommend) and show public support for either 1) Ordain Women or 2) Same-Sex Marriage?  Please let me know…

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518-519: Clark Johnsen – From BYU to Broadway’s Book of Mormon Musical

January 21, 2015
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In this hilarious and touching episode of Mormon Stories, John Dehlin interviews Clark Johnson, an original cast member in the hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. In part one, Clark shares his experience as a young gay Mormon coming from a conservative LDS background, his mission to Mexico, and how he and his family came to terms with his decision to leave the church. In part two, Clark recounts the events and his favorite memories leading him to join The Book of Mormon cast; from the dance department at BYU to the Broadway stage. He goes on to share scene by scene and song by song, themes…

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Stories of Women (and Men) Who Feel They Have Been Harmed by Mormon Patriarchy

January 21, 2015
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If you are a current or former Mormon woman (or man) who feels as though you have been harmed by Mormon patriarchy, please include your story here. Note: Please do not comment on other people’s stories.  For this post, I would like it to only contain people’s direct stories.  Thanks in advance.

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Stories of Marital Distress or Divorce Because of a Mormon Faith Crisis

January 20, 2015
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If you experienced divorce or significant marital distress because of a Mormon/LDS faith crisis, please share your story here.  If Mormon Stories helped you or your marriage through this process in some positive way, please feel free to share that too. Note: Please do not comment on other people’s stories.  For this post, I would like it to only contain people’s direct stories.  Thanks in advance.

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Stories of People Disciplined by LDS Church “Just” for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

January 18, 2015
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Many people are skeptical that someone could be disciplined in the 21st century LDS Church for “just” supporting same-sex marriage.  If you have experienced church discipline for supporting same-sex marriage, please post your story below. Stories I’ve gathered so far: “My stake president (in Draper) told me a few months ago that church members cannot support same-sex marriage and remain in good standing in the church, regardless of whether they publicize their views on this matter or not. He went on to say that this is not just his opinion or personal interpretation of church policy, but rather, it comes…

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Reasons for the Disciplinary Council

January 17, 2015
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(Updated on 1/19/2015 to provide more detail, based on feedback from Bill Benac). In Peggy Fletcher Stack’s January 16th, 2015 article entitled “Did Mormon podcaster go too far? Dehlin faces possible excommunication,” she attributes the following opinion to Mormon apologist, blogger, and attorney Steve Evans, “Evans questions whether Dehlin’s support of gay marriage and Ordain Women was the main reason for the move against the podcaster.” In the letter I received on August 7, 2014 from Dr. Bryan King, it lists as #3 on his list of conditions for continued membership: “Stop promoting groups or organizations that espouse doctrines contrary to…

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Disciplinary Council

January 15, 2015
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January 15, 2015 (updated 1/17/2015) For Immediate Release North Logan, UT Phone: 435 227-5776 Email: johndehlin@gmail.com Mormon Podcaster and Scholar John Dehlin Threatened with Excommunication Summary: As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon church), I have been summoned by my LDS Stake President, Dr. Bryan King, to appear before a disciplinary council to be held on January 25, 2015 at the North Logan Utah Stake Center, located 2750 North 800 East, North Logan, Utah beginning at 6 p.m.  The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely outcome of…

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517: Discussing Gender and Mormon Apologetics – With Nancy Ross, Kevin Barney, and Jessica Finnigan

January 8, 2015
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The voice of Mormon Apologetics in the past has been predominately male. In this episode we explore the intersection of gender and Mormon Apologetics.  We discuss the reasons that this may be, as well as how this tradition is changing and creating a space for more women within FAIR. In this episode, we are pleased to have with us a strong panal: Nancy Ross, Assistant Professor of Art History at Dixie State Universtiy and has a Ph.D. from the university of Cambridge.  She has been blogging the Book of Mormon chapter by chapter with a feminist perspective at nickelonthenacle.blogspot.com . Kevin Barney, studied classics at BYU, then…

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Your Questions for John Larsen

January 6, 2015
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On January 21st at 6pm in Salt Lake City we will be hosting a live interview and celebration of John Larsen (former host of Mormon Expression Podcast, and current president of the White Fields Educational Foundation).  Please post your questions for John here, and please RSVP to attend the interview/celebration here.  We hope that many of you will join us to celebrate John’s many wonderful contributions to Mormonism.

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516: 2014 Mormon Stories End-of-Year Update

December 27, 2014
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In this episode I address the past, present, and future of Mormon Stories.  I also discuss my past interactions with Stake President Bryan King, my current beliefs, my current relationship with the LDS church, and my thoughts about what appears to be a pending disciplinary council.  

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Your Questions for Clark Johnsen and/or about the Book of Mormon Musical Go Here

December 24, 2014
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We will be interviewing Clark Johnsen — original cast member for the Broadway Book of Mormon Musical — this Sunday in Salt Lake City. Please post your questions for Clark about his story, or about the Book of Mormon musical, below. To RSVP to attend the interview with Clark on Sunday afternoon on 12/28,  (it will also be a Mormon Stories celebration), please RSVP at this link.

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514-515: Infants on Thrones Podcast

December 14, 2014
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In this two-part series we interview the panelists for Infants on Thrones Podcast: Glenn, Matt, Scott, Randy, Bob, Tom, and Jake.  These guys do tend to get a bit rowdy (language!)…so listener discretion is advised.

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513: A Non-Member Reads the Book of Mormon — David Michael and his “My Book of Mormon Podcast”

December 10, 2014
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In this episode J. Nelson-Seawright interviews David Michael about his experience creating his new podcast “My Book of Mormon,” wherein David shares his thoughts and witty comments on each chapter of Mormonism’s central book of scripture. With no background in Mormonism, David is reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover for the first time in an attempt to discover why millions of people have come to believe in its writings.  As a result, David offers an insightful and entertaining “outsider’s perspective” on the characters, stories, and lessons he encounters. In this episode, the two discuss David’s Christian upbringing, his thoughts on spirituality and…

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512: Discussing the New LDS.org Polygamy Essays Part 2 – With Lindsay Hansen Park, J. Nelson-Seawright, and Joe Geisner

December 3, 2014
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Recently, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its long-awaited series of essays on polygamy in Kirtland/Nauvoo, Utah and post-manifesto polygamy, igniting a firestorm of discussion online. In this second installment, we bring together an all-star cast of Mormon Stories favorites to discuss the Early Utah Polygamy essay: Lindsay Hansen Park, who in the middle of an amazing and incredibly exhaustive project for Feminist Mormon Housewives in the Year of Polygamy podcast series. Joe Geisner, a long-time Mormon historian who has been assisting Lindsay in her research for the Year of Polygamy project. J. Nelson-Seawright, a political science professor at…

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Why was Kate Kelly Excommunicated, but You Have Not Yet Been?

December 2, 2014
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In Kristine Haglund’s recent article in Slate Magazine regarding the end of the “Mormon Moment,” she wrote: “Around the same time that Kelly was excommunicated, the host of the popular Mormon Stories podcast, John Dehlin, was threatened with disciplinary action as well. Unlike Kelly, he was not excommunicated, perhaps in part because he initially kept details of his interactions with church leaders out of the media.” While I really enjoyed the article overall — and feel that it was a very important piece of writing — I did feel the need to correct Kristine’s misstatement….since in reality, I explicitly declined my stake…

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511: Jan Shipps — New History of the Prairie and Mountain Saints; Race and Gender

November 26, 2014
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Mormon Stories is very proud to introduce its newest sister podcast — Mormon Studies Podcast! In its inagural episode, host Brent Metcalfe interviews Jan Shipps. Jan is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and a former president of the John Whitmer Historical Association (2004–05) and the Mormon History Association (1979–80)—a scholar’s scholar who has influenced a generation of students of Mormonism, often reaching across and even narrowing the chasm between believer and nonbeliever. Over the past several years Jan has laid the foundation for a forthcoming book on the history of Community of Christ (a.k.a. “prairie saints”;…

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508-510: The Abhau Family — Supporting their Gay Son, Dealing With Faith Crisis and Finding their Voice

November 20, 2014
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In this very important episode of Mormon Stories, psychiatrist Daniel Parkinson M.D., who is also host of our sister podcast Gay Mormon Stories, interviews Meg, Jake and Jon Abhau. Meg and Jake were conservative Mormons when their 13 year old son came out to them as gay 18 months ago. In this series, the Abhaus discuss the problems that LGBT teens face in the LDS church and how those problems can spill over and impact the families of all LGBT Mormons. The Abhaus are very concerned about the damaging messages that LGBT people hear at church, and how rejection is…

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507: Free BYU — Religious Freedom and Faith Transition at Church Schools

November 13, 2014
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long affirmed the importance of religious freedom, even issuing a press release in 2013 declaring that “it is the right to think, express and act upon what you deeply believe, according to the dictates of conscience.” But a group of current and former students is concerned about implications for students who find themselves transitioning away from belief in the church while still enrolled at a church-owned school. It creates, they argue, an impossible situation where students are seemingly forced to choose between their integrity and the education they have worked and…

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505-506: Carrie Sheffield on Leaving Mormonism, Finding Stoicism, Politics, Conservatism and More

November 7, 2014
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In the world of politics and media, Carrie Sheffield is a veritable dynamo. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC Radio and more, as an expert on politics and the economy. Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard, she went on to do stints at Goldman Sachs and the Washington Times before settling in as a public policy analyst all over TV and radio. But Carrie also has a Mormon story. Growing up in the church, then later leaving and exploring other faiths before finding peace with Stoicism, she…

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504: Professor David Campbell on Politics, Religion and Mormonism

October 29, 2014
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In this episode of Mormon Stories, J. Nelson-Seawright interviews David Campbell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, about his celebrated research on religion and politics in America. Professor Campbell argues that the current partisan environment, in which religious people mostly support the Republican Party and less religious people the Democratic Party, is a recent development — and he explains how this pattern can help explain America’s recent rise in irreligiosity.Campbell also discusses his work on Mormonism and politics. He explains his research…

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503: Discussing the New LDS.org Polygamy Essays Part 1 — With Lindsay Hansen Park, John Hamer and J. Nelson-Seawright

October 23, 2014
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This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its long-awaited series of essays on polygamy in Kirtland/Nauvoo, Utah and post-manifesto polygamy, igniting a firestorm of discussion online. In this episode, we bring together an all-star cast of Mormon Stories favorites to discuss the Kirtland/Nauvoo essay:

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501-502: Kirk Caudle on Mormon Studies, Working for BYU-Idaho, Resigning, Apologetics and More

October 21, 2014
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Kirk Caudle, known for his Mormon Book Review podcast (which was, at one time, officially affiliated with BYU’s Maxwell Institute), made headlines over the summer when he resigned from the church after working as an online religion instructor for BYU-Idaho. However, he still attends church regularly and maintains strong ties to Mormonism. In this two-part episode, cross posted with our sister site A Thoughtful Faith, James Patterson sits down with Kirk to talk about his life growing up in Mormonism, his background and education in religious studies, his experience working for BYU-Idaho, and his resignation from that position and the…

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500: To Be Released

October 21, 2014
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Episode 500 is in the works, and will be released as soon as John can finish it.   In the meantime, we’re going to be releasing some of the other great content we’ve been working on. Enjoy!

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499b: Brent Metcalfe — Mormon Apologetics and Approaching Life After Mormonism

September 25, 2014
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And now, the final installment of our epic* interview with Brent Metcalfe! In today’s episode, we’ll talk to Brent about his interactions and run-ins with prominent Mormon apologists like Daniel Peterson, Lou Midgley and others. We’ll also talk about the recent history of BYU’s Maxwell Institute and what he sees in its future and in the future of Mormon apologetics overall. We’ll also talk in depth with Brent about how he has been able to construct a healthy and happy life outside of Mormonism. And be sure not to miss the exciting announcement from Brent toward the end of the…

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