Author: Emily U

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Divine Presence, Absence, and Violence

A friend recommended I read How to Read the Bible & Still be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation by John Dominic Crossan.  So I read it, and found it...

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Grandma Eliza, me, and prophets

Eliza Ann Haven Westover was my grandma’s great-grandmother. For Christmas, Grandma sent me copies of some family letters and photos, including a letter Eliza Westover wrote to her son when she was 87 and “laid...

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Poetry for the end of this year

I belong to a wonderful book group that has been meeting for more than 20 years.  One of the things I’ve come to love most about this group is that instead of discussing a...

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Book Review: Evolving Faith by Steven L. Peck

Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist is a collection of essays by Steven L. Peck, published by the Maxwell Institute.  Evolving Faith is an apt title, and this becomes apparent after reading all...

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To say what is truth?

I have not been able to stop thinking about an essay I read a few months ago: “Oh Say What is Truth? Understanding Mormonism Through a Black Feminist Epistemology”  The author argues that in...

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On Blessings

In Gilead, a favorite novel of mine, a Congregational minister named John Ames recalls his life in a letter to his young son.  Part autobiography and part meditation on ultimate questions, the book contains some...

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On Obedience and Happiness

On a Monday in March I went to lds.org to access my ward directory and noticed the Mormon Message in the top left panel.  It featured this video. You’ll just have to trust me...