525: “Table Manners”: In What Manner Ought We Engage with Others this Holiday Season?

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Community, Forgiveness, Spirituality 2 Comments

This episode, “Table Manners” is a short reflection by Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon about ways we might interact with others during this season of …

521–524: The Enneagram for Mormons

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Community, Disaffection, Faith Development, God, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality 4 Comments

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for coming to know ourselves and others. Emerging in the mid-twentieth century and refined during the ensuing years, interest …

503–504: Reflecting on Major Themes in 500-plus Mormon Matters Episodes

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith, Faith Development, God, Mentors, Mormon Culture, Mythology, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality, Truth 1 Comment

Earlier this month, Mormon Matters released its 500th episode. In this two-part podcast, host Dan Wotherspoon speaks about the show’s evolution, but mostly he re-introduces …

501: Centering in God: Experiences and Insights from the Living School for Action and Contemplation

Dan Wotherspoon Activism, Christianity, Community, Faith Development, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Prayer 4 Comments

This episode features reflections on a wonderful experience the two panelists and I shared this past week in Albuquerque, NM. All three of us—Jana Spangler, …

499: Faith Journeying with Matt Jones — Rambunctious Youth to LDS Bishop and Wise Soul

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Community, Faith Development, God, Spirituality 8 Comments

Just two weeks ago, Matt Jones was released as an LDS bishop. How he came to be someone who might be called to that position …

498: Mormon Difference Makers

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This episode arrives on the heels of the release of a marvelous short video, “Do Better, which features LGBT+ Latter-day Saints and allies sharing reflections …

496-497: (Encore) Mormonism As a “Religion”

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mythology, Spirituality 1 Comment

This is an encore presentation of a two-part Mormon Matters episode first recorded in March 2015.  Of course, we all know that Mormonism is a …

494–495: “What Do We Do with All This?”: Sunstone and Today’s Uncorrelated Mormon Discussions

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Most Mormon Matters listeners are, as consumers of LDS-related websites, blogs, podcasts, Reddits, Facebook groups, and other social media platforms, enmeshed in the world of …

492–493: Women’s Ordination and Congregational Leadership: Exploring New Research

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Church Leadership, Community, Mentors, Priesthood, Women 2 Comments

On July 2nd, a terrific new book was released by Oxford University Press: She Preached the Word: Women’s Ordination in Modern America. Co-authored by Benjamin R. …

484: Robert Kirby: Mormonism’s Lampoonist Extraordinaire

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Were there an official calling within Mormonism of “Church and Culture Lampoonist” (and there should be!), Robert Kirby would be magnifying the heck out of …

471–472: Reflections on the Recently Revealed MTC Sexual Abuse Cases

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Atonement, Christianity, Church Leadership, Communication, Community, Depression, Disaffection, Faith Development, Jesus Christ, Mormon Culture, Sexuality, Women, Worthiness 7 Comments

Within the past ten days, Mormonism has been rocked by a recoding and transcript released through MormonLeaks that depicts the confessions of a former president …

464: Protecting Ourselves and Loved Ones in Ecclesiastical Situations

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Activism, Church Leadership, Communication, Community, Sexuality, Worthiness 1 Comment

Issues surrounding sexual, physical, and emotional harassment and abuse, or of persons not feeling safe in certain institutional environments, have received fresh attention in the …

446–447: What Does it Mean to “Sustain” Our Leaders and Fellow Church Members?

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Community, Confidence, Covenants, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Prophets 1 Comment

One of Mormonism’s most attractive features is the wonderful chance all members are given to both formally and informally “sustain” each other as we play …

441–442: Living in (and Growing through) Tension: An Interview with Bill Reel

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith, Mormon Life, Spirituality, Theology 1 Comment

Bill Reel is widely known within the Mormon podcast world as a fellow traveler on the road many of us have found ourselves on—often quite …

401–402: The Uncontrolling Love of God—Talking Theology and Community, and Meeting a Fellow Traveler in Thomas Jay Oord

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Theology 6 Comments

This two-part episode features a wonderful conversation with Thomas Jay Oord, an author, teacher, theologian, and elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jim McLachlan …

249–250: Being Authentic within Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith 25 Comments

Mormonism is a powerful tradition, presenting a worldview and truth claims that are extremely potent, but also creating a culture that can be, for many …

226: The “Best Thing” About Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Theology 14 Comments

This episode strays from Mormon Matters’ typical panel discussion format, featuring instead four one-on-one conversations between host Dan Wotherspoon and wonderful friends of his who …

200: Let’s Collaborate!

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 4 Comments

This short episode announces two projects I’d love to work on with collaborators from the Mormon Matters listening community. The first is a call for …

188–189: Hugh Nibley—Part 3: Prophet of Zion

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Prophets 6 Comments

In this third and final installment of our Hugh Nibley series, we look at Nibley’s powerful, far-ranging, and definitely direct/hard-hitting/deliciously skewering social critiques. Ranging from …

155–156: LDS Military Chaplains

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 10 Comments

This two-part episode offers a wonderful peek into military chaplaincy, a career unlike any other, and, in particular, experiences of LDS chaplains. Two active duty …

122: Challenges in Making Church “Work” For Everyone

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 24 Comments

In this episode, sociologist Jim Smithson talks of the LDS Church and all of its programs and organizational systems as a vehicle for delivering the …

114–116: Brazilian Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 25 Comments

This three-part episode features a wonderful discussion about some of the peculiarities about the LDS Mormon experience inBrazil, as well as the many ways that …

96–97: Mormonism and Its History—Past, Present, and Future

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith 22 Comments

Every religion has many dilemmas when it comes to its history. How does a group incorporate the idea of a God or Universal force or …

83-84: Creating Spaces for Non-Traditional Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 25 Comments

This episode explores both the difficulties of creating more comfortable spaces for unorthodox Mormons in wards, stakes, and families, as well as the benefits. What …

34: Self-Identifying as “Mormon”

Dan Wotherspoon Community 106 Comments

Mormonism has always been a home to members with many different religious temperaments, levels of belief, attitudes toward authority, and commitment to and comfort within …