For more than a decade, Chelsea Shields Strayer and her parents, Eric and Heidi Shields, have held very difficult but ultimately fruitful conversations regarding her struggles within Mormonism, which eventually led her to no longer believe its teachings or choose to continue to engage as an active member. Their journey together during this time has been painful, but their relationship has ultimately grown stronger and continues to unfold in rich ways. How have they managed this feat? What has this journey felt like to each of them? What mistakes have they have made along the way? What are the key moments, insights, or shifts in perspective that have allowed them to draw closer and stay committed to remaining continually open with each other?
This two-part episode features a wonderful, open-hearted dialogue between Chelsea, Eric, and Heidi, held live on May 8, 2015 in the home of Mark and Elizabeth England in Salt Lake City, Utah, and facilitated by Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon. The evening event was the May meeting of the group “Faith Again,” which meets monthly and features speakers and panel discussions of Mormon and other faith-related topics.
Thank you to Jay Griffith, always a tireless force in Faith Again, for his incredible organizing and many contributions to this event. Thank you also to the amazing Sarah Collett for being our sound and recording engineer for the evening.
After listening to this conversation, please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below!