At the 2016 Affirmation Leadership Retreat in Independence, Missouri, podcast regular Tom Christofferson sat down for a conversation with Darius Gray and Rod Olson. Recorded live in front of the retreat audience, Tom engaged Darius and Rod in a conversation about how to constructively participate in their Mormon congregations. They also share how they approach and endure the inevitable conflicts that come with being a minority in the LDS community. Darius is a founding member of The Genesis Group which represents black members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rod is an openly gay member of the LDS church.


Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson

Christians have wrestled for centuries about the relative roles of grace and works.  In this episode, Erika Munson, Jonathon Manwaring, Kendall Wilcox and Tom Christofferson discuss the Latter-day Saint perspective on grace and some of the challenges particular to LGBT members in accessing this gift.  How do we think about grace in our imperfect daily lives and especially as it relates to our present circumstances and desires?  Can a same-sex married couple present the necessary “broken heart and contrite spirit” to access grace?  Can a transgender individual who actively pursues gender alignment strategies find grace in their efforts?


 

Contributors: Tom, Erika, Jonathan, Kendall 

Music by Micah Dahl Anderson

 

Out in Zion commentators review the recently held LDS Semi-Annual General Conference, including the calling of new apostles and the address by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Behold Thy Mother”. Newly-called apostle Elder Ronald A. Rasband delivered a devotional address at BYU on September 15, 2015, entitled “Religious Freedom and Fairness for All” touching on the the topic of balancing LGBT desires for fairness and equality with the rights of religious people to speak freely and participate in the political process. He introduced his remarks to his millennial audience saying, “I suspect that for some of you the phrase ‘religious freedom’ feels more like ‘freedom to discriminate.'” Elder Holland, in his address described the situation of a young gay man, worthy in all respects to serve a mission, feeling that he needed to return home and the circumstances following his return for himself and his family, particularly his mother. The commentators describe the very positive aspects of Elder Holland’s portrayal as well as the cautions about how some listeners might have received the message.


Contributors: Tom, Erika, Meagan, Jonathan
Music by Micah Dahl Anderson

A discussion of current events including the announced cessation of publication of “The Miracle of Forgiveness”, and various reactions on social media to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. The panel also considered more broadly the role of social media in the experience of LGBT Mormons.

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Contributors: Tom Laura Berta Erika

Music by Micah Dahl Anderson