If you had to listen to a 20 minute “general conference” talk from your favorite progressive or post-Mormon, who would you want to hear from? We are looking for people who are thoughtful and inspiring.
Please post your nominations in the comment section below.
Glenn Ostlund of Infants on Thrones
Gina has a vote from me too.
Nadine McCombs Hansen
Ashley Wilkinson. Amazing woman with very relevant history to share.
Jamie Hanis Handy, love her passion for equality within the church.
Also wouldn’t mind hearing more about your thoughts on God John!
Brad Levin (formerly Brad Carmack), one of my leaders in the California, Sacramento mission, who has come out strongly in support of LGBT, even writing a book on it. He is currently a driving force for FreeBYU. He taught me to think critically of the church while I was a missionary, and I will be forever grateful.
St. Carol Lyn Pearson has my vote.
This would be a fantastic speaker, as would her beautiful daughter.
My vote is here, too. I wold have never bothered to find my voice as an author if I had not had her books as a child, so she’s particularly special to me. I have a feeling many authors of my generation feel the same…
Not to hijack, but what books made such a big difference? Also, I agree! Carol Lyn Pearson would be very interesting to hear from!
Yes to CLP.
Brad Levin (formerly Brad Carmack) was a leader in the Ca, Sacramento mission. He has come out in strong support of LGBT, even writing a book about it while attending BYU Law School. He is currently a driving force for FreeBYU, and he taught me while I was a missionary to think critically of the church. I will be forever grateful for his wisdom and friendship.
Jamie Hanis Handy
And what about you John? Would love to hear from you!
D Michael Quinn.
Yes to Quinn also
Jeralee Renshaw, Gina Colvin, John Dehlin, Jeremy Runnels
John Larsen, Lindsay Hansen Park, Andrew Ainsworth, Stephen Bloor, David Twede, Randy Snyder, Glen Ostlund, Jamie Hanis Handy
Clark Johnsen, Hans Mattson, Carol Lynn Pearson, John Dehlin.
Fatimah Salleh! Best talk I’ve ever heard at a Sunstone meeting in March 2015.
John Dehlin, Carol Lynn Pearson, Clark Johnsen
D Michael Quinn
Sherri Dew (someday)
OMG. Yes. JUSTIN UTLEY. his story and his songs (esp Shades of Gray) is powerful)
I agree. Kate Kelly!
D Michael Quinn
and John Dehlin
Teryl and Fiona Givens
Lindsay Hansen Park
Justin Utley. He performed at Pride and does work for Equality Utah. Former Mormon, and survivor of conversion therapy. Outstanding performer and speaker.
Jamie Hanis Handy
Jeremy Runnells, Steve Bloor, Tom Phillips, Brooke Swallow, Alison Udall, Steve Holbrook
Wendy Williams Montgomery
Justin Utley not Jason
Brother Jake *IN CHARACTER* Jake Frost would be cool too, but I want to hear a full-length faith-promoting talk from our favorite TBM.
Dr. Kristy Money!
Yes! Dr. Kristy Money!
Chris Johnson, Tal Bachman, Grant Palmer (or his anonymous GA friend)
Brian Keith Dalton – aka Mr. Diety
There are so many! Lisa Butterworth, Gina Colvin, Jerilyn Pool, Allison Udall, Mitch Mayne, Samantha Snyder, Wendy Montgomery, Fatimeh Sallah, Michael Ferguson, Carol Lynn Pearson, Juliena Viegas-Haws, Jeremy Runnels, Lindsay Hansen-Park, C-Jane, Kate Kelly, and, of course, John Dehlin. Youth speaker: Jordan Montgomery.
Considering you are asking for progressive or post m that leaves some ex-mos out?
Samuel the Utahnite and Demon of Kolob from Exmormon Rants
Hands down, Fatimah Salleh and Gina Colvin.
Of course John Dehlin
Tom Philliips, Quinn, Jeff Ricks, Kate Kelly…and my cousin.
Scott and Heather – from Infants on Thrones
Carol Lynn Pearson
There are so many that can meet this.
Someone I don’t think anyone hears enough from is Anne Peffer.
Alison Udall, Noah Rasheta, Steve Holbrook, Lindsay Hansen Park, and then Glen Ostlund, Brother Jake and the rest of the Infants to lighten the mood. 🙂
Fatimah Salleh, Janan Graham, Jared Anderson, Joanna Brooks.
Yes! Joanna Brooks!
Grant Palmer, Sandra Tanner, Brother Jake, Jamie Hanis Handy, Hans Matteson, Tom Phillips, John Dehlin, Zelph on the shelf writers.
Gordon Gates, Eric D. Snider, Bryan Hendrickson.
Jamie Hanis Handy, Gina Colvin, John Dehlin, Brother Jake, Lindsay Hansen Park, Sean Carter
John Larsen, Lindsay Hansen Park, Sandra Tanner, Grant Palmer, Hans Mattson, Gina Colvin, Jeremy Runnells, Nadine Hanson
Mitch Mayne, Carol Lynn Pearson, Wendy Williams Montgomery, Nicholas Maughan, Laura Roper Andreason
Fatima Salleh, Joanna Brooks
Carol Lynn Pearson
Lyndon Lamborn! and/or Brian Keith Dalton (aka Mr. Deity)
Johanna Brooks, Heather Young, and Kristy Money.
Joanna Brooks and Tracy McKay
Jennifer Finlayson-Fife and Lindsay Hansen Park.
Christine Jeppsen Clark
Ditto to Heather Armstrong!
Daymon Smith—most original and deep thinker of all
Melissa Inouye, Adam Miller
Eric Samuelsen, Dan Wotherspon, Claudia bushman, carol Lynn Pearson, Gina Colvin, Jared Anderson
Second Eric Samuelson and Jared Anderson!
Marisa Pond Calderwood, because she has important things to say to people who are considered second-class citizens within Mormonism and who generally don’t even realize it (women).
Joanna Brooks, Gina Colvin
Lindsay Hansen Park
D Michael Quinn
D Michael Quinn
YES YES to all these
Would be good to have a spectrum of representation.
Also Elna Baker, who wrote “The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir.”
John Huntsman Jr would be fascinaring. Christine Jeppeson Clark close second.
Also Martha Beck!
Gabrielle Blair (Design Mom)
Jamie Hanis Handy
Deneece Huftalin (Dean of SLCC, my aunt)
Jamie Hanis Handy and Michael Ferguson
C Jane Kendrick
Kate Kelly Kate Kelly Kate Kelly!!
Kate Kelly, Steve Benson, Reed Cowan (as a gay parent) and the eternities, and john Dehlin
Brian Kieth Dalton, Richard Dutcher, David Twede!
Mara Kofoed and Julienna Viegas Haws…hands down!
What about someone that does NOT have a name. I love all these leaders in our community, but we are about removing the infrastructure that says you only matter if you have gotten “important enough”. How about inviting the typical woman to share the stories of the thousands of faceless women who gave up their lives to follow a plan that left them without an identity.
I am so happy for the women who have found a voice and a name after they were saved from Mormonism. But what about the thousands of us that will never pursue our dreams because we are raising or 6 or more kids.
i really would like to see a tribute. We are like the unknown soldier….
I agree with Angela’s comments.
The Johns. Larsen and Dehlin.
Huntsman Jr. Would be awesome! Joanna Brooks and Dehlin.
Carol Lynn Pearson
Dennis and Rauni Higley
Alan Rock Waterman
I’d also love hear what these guys have to say.
Robert (Bob) Rees
Mark Eugene England
William Bradshaw/Marge Bradshaw
Kendall Wilcox – Mormons Building Bridges
Chad Hyrum Smith/Wendy Smith
Thomas Wirthlin McConkie
Would be cool to hear from those who don’t have podcasts and don’t regularly appear in the Dehlin podcast universe. Terryl and Fiona Givens, Richard and Claudia Bushman come to mind, but even they’ve appeared.
Here are three ideas for Mormon Transitions that might be of interest and useful to others:
Living in The Present –
How learning to live in the “now” can help us see life situations more peacefully and presently. Helping us see others around us as fellow travelers who walk with the same questions for meaning in life.
Growing up LDS, there always seemed to be this tense vision of ‘the world out there.’ It was a battle between good and evil, light and darkness, good and bad. Seeing the world in black and white can be confusing when we get outside of our Faith and realize that there are many wonderful opportunities, people, ideas and a more peaceful and productive way to live.
Joanna Brooks mentions that “[Mormons are ]…encouraged to see “the world” today as hostile to their faith, lots of Mormons move through life with their defenses up. Way up. Problem is, at times Mormons become so inflamed, so tender, we turn those defenses onto people within our own community.”
Eckhardt Tolle has written much on living in the present. How when we use all of our senses to intuit goodness in people and rich beauties and bounties around us; it makes for a life well lived.
I am often astounded by family and friends who “can’t wait for the life to come.” Who actually are squandering this life, in misery; thinking that a better existence is ahead in the next life.
Another topic that I am really wanting to hear more about is:
Religiosity’s Role in Informing Our Daily Lives – or NOT
I’ve been dying to hear a panel talk about the matter of religiosity. To a non-religious individual who has not been raised in any community of faith, this topic would seem laughable. But to those of us who were raised in a faith that demands all, we seem to walk through life, unaware of how religious belief permeates almost every aspect of life and decision making — often in unhealthy ways. This is particularly true of those of us who have been raised in small rural communities where a predominant religion pervades local economics, politics and moral judgement.
Many who leave the faith of their heritage, for whatever reason; or who have been excommunicated, often go through a period with a loss of identity and purpose. Some find that there is tremendous angst over ‘walking away’ from the very faith that was at the fiber of their local community and lives. How this informs views of self esteem, values, social interactions, judgements, views of authority and ultimately of the nature of God, etc.
I think a panel of sociologists, psychologists and neurologists, speaking on the science and social nature of the dominating influence and impact of religious belief, would be interesting.
It seems that we are in a time when religious moral authority is being reasserted big time. For progressive thinkers and free-wheeling libertarians, it is a laughable notion that the concept of individual free will and agency are trying to be doused by religious institutions.
The notion of free thinking and individual will to affect good in the world, and without having to turn to a religious institution for permission; seems to be sorely needed. It’s kind of a modern day pioneering thing.
What is the nature of goodness that originates within an individual? Is it God given? Does it come with us from afar? How can we claim a sense of individual autonomy that will help us weather the storms of life? Is religion necessary?
I think this could be an interesting topic for so many that seem to be floundering in this time of medieval prejudices and exclusion within the body of the faithful.
Religiosity is a topic that doesn’t even register in the minds and hearts of most lay individuals. It was ‘just how we were raised’.
Polarity and Meditative Practice –
Thomas W. McConkie and John Kesler are experts in the area of meditative and purposeful practice.
Growing up Mormon, one learns through religious teachings and temple worship, about the polarities in life — good and evil, light and darkness, right and left, etc.
What if we could see that contrasts in all things only help us appreciate and valuate? What if we understood that neither end of the spectrum is good or bad? Rather a means to help us understand good and better? Or frenetic and more peaceful?
What if we learned that life needn’t be a battle?
It seems that the history of Christianity is peppered with countless example of needing to be foot soldiers for God and Christ. Fanaticism has bred countless examples of land grabs, domination of cultures, justified killing and pillaging, and has made noble the whacking off of arms, heads, and being stripling warriors. The view that Mormon youth were raised with in the 70’s – 90’s was of the religious superhero that was experienced in art and song.
What of a people who look toward a millennial peace? What would it look like? Would it include bigotry, exclusion and prejudice? How would we see our neighbor? Would all have a place at God’s table? Is there a more peaceful way to frame our thoughts and practices in daily living?
[ on a personal note John, I am a great admirer of your clinical work and research. I have been trying to find your contact information in Logan. You have my email address. I’d be interested in contacting you in a professional capacity.]
John Dehlin please…
Sue Krupa Gray
Jeralee Hendersen Renshaw
John Dehlin 🙂
The Three Interfaith Amigos
A credible mental health expert in recovery from religious abuse (to address those who have had the worst experiences in religion an during faith transitions)
And now I have to include Lance Allred (he wrote a letter which is published in today’s Salt Lake Tribune)
Bill and Sherri Park (founders of Sit With Me Sunday and former members of Mormons Building Bridges steering committee)
Bill Reel (of the Mormon Discussion podcast). He’s still more in the church than I am, but I’m impressed by the perspective and patience exhibited in his “Revisiting Our Bad Days” episode.
David Vaughn Mason
Lynn or Micah Wilder
Hey john, I’ll volunteer to speak. I’m a local admin in the slc Postmo group and have spoke at mass resignation events in the past. I’d be good for a 10 minute “fire up the troops” speech
Daymon Smith is super smart
Christine Jeppsen Clark is so strong and brave, I love her
Samuel Wolfe wrote the most amazing op-Ed in the Trib this weekend
Brent Metcalf has had such interesting experiences, I was captivated by his Mormon Stories interview
Tanner Gilliland from Zelph
John Hamer is always amazing
Andrew Ainsworth & Joanna Brooks
Brother Jake from YouTube and Infants on Thrones!
Former apologist Russell Ash and his wife Maria