Just as many theorists understand individual human maturation through developmental stages, a great deal of literature suggests that institutions (churches, corporations, governments) as well as other all other groups, cultures, and societies, also undergo similar processes.
In this episode, guest host Katie Langston and panelists Dan Wotherspoon, Marybeth Raynes, and Brad Kramer discuss ideas about socio-cultural evolution at large, but ground it always in lived Mormon experience. As Mormonism has developed so have expectations for church members, but there is always a “lag” of sorts between the changes individuals are called by societal and cultural forces to make and the pace of change an institution is able to bear. This lag often leads to great impatience in many who have begun to shift ahead of the main body. How can those who find themselves in this situation maturely and compassionately negotiate the tensions created when their pace doesn’t match that of the larger church and most of its members? It’s a wonderfully interesting but personally challenging place to be.
Please listen and then share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!