Some of you may have heard that I’ve decided to bring back Mormon Stories Podcast. For those of you who are new to the ‘Nacle or who never listened previously, Mormon Stories is an audio podcast interview series (kind of like Fresh Air with Terry Gross or Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippet), where I interview Mormons of all types — from Richard Bushman to Grant Palmer — and give them a chance to tell their stories. The full archive of my past interviews can be found here.
Mormon Stories 1.0 (2005-2007) was focused on two main things:
- Exploring LDS church history, “truth claims” and social issues in depth, and
- My own personal faith journey — trying to figure out what I did and didn’t believe about the church, and how to navigate that transition.
Now that I’ve worked through my own faith issues for the most part (back happy in the church as a radically heterodox/mostly orthoprax Mormon), I plan on changing the focus for Mormon Stories 2.0. The focus for the forseeable future will be on the following things:
- Mormon Culture: Interviewing interesting people from within Mormon culture, including artists, writers, film makers, bloggers, politicians, athletes, professionals, activists, etc.
- Faith Strugglers: Helping to build awareness and empathy for, and provide LDS church members who are currently struggling with their traditional, literalistic LDS faith/testimony, including those who have either gone inactive or have left the church. The goal here would be NOT to encourage people to either leave or stay in the church, but instead to provide role models across the faith spectrum (Apologetic, StayLDS, New Order Mormon, ExMo, PostMo, etc.) to support them in making their own decisions about how to best navigate their faith journey.
- Mixed-Faith LDS Marriages: Provide support to LDS marriages wherein one or both within the couple have lost their traditional, literalistic LDS faith. The goal here would be to reduce the number of Mormon-related divorces by providing role models, tips and tricks to help couples get on the same page faith-wise (where possible), and to support them in their transition/renegotiation in a way that preserves and even strengthens the marriage. We also hope to focus some on raising children within a mixed faith or non-traditional LDS paradigm/belief structure.
- Mormon Mental Health: Because of my interest in Psychology, I plan to do a deep dive into Mormon-related mental health issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, sexual addiction/pornography and addiction.
For those interesting in supporting Mormon Stories, here are a few things you can consider:
- Subscribe to the podcast: To subscribe to the podcast in advance of the new episodes, make sure you have iTunes installed, click here and then follow the instructions until you see a “subscribe” button, and click it. This will allow you to download all the past and present episodes (to your preference), and will automatically provide you with new episodes as they are released.
- Help me find great guests to interview: I am always looking for high quality guests to interview. I not only need ideas, but I also need your help in asking them to participate. If you have ideas, and are willing to contact the potential interviewee, that could be super helpful.
- Sign up for the weekly Mormon Stories email newsletter: Click here to sign up for the weekly Mormon Stories email newsletter. Here I will share the latest releases, ask for advice, and provide special bonus content to regular subscribers.
- Donate (if you can): At the top right of the Mormon Stories home page, there is a “Donate” button. If you are willing/able, please donate to support Mormon Stories. I am operating on the NPR/PBS model (donations support the time/effort/expenses of the production). I promise that this $$$ will be used to extend and improve Mormon Stories. I am currently in the process of setting up a 501c3 (non-profit) for Mormon Stories, so soon your contributions should be tax deductible! I fully plan on making Mormon Stories finances transparent once we are up and running.
- Fan us on Facebook, and help us promote the episodes on Facebook and Twitter: If you are interested, consider becoming a fan of Mormon Stories on Facebook. Also, each time we release an episode, please consider tweeting or Facebook-ing the episode to share w/ family and friends.
I will need support to make this work. Please email me if you are interested in helping out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait to be back in the saddle again!