By June 29, 2014

Just a few links for  your Sunday evening/Monday morning perusal, most carrying over from last week’s discussions of church discipline:

National media have reported extensively on the excommunication of Kate Kelly; see articles at CNN, the Washington Post, USA Today and interviews with Kelly at NPR and CNN. Consideration of church discipline in the case of Mormon Stories founder John Dehlin has also attracted widespread media interest. See pieces, for instance, at NBC and the Washington Post.

The LDS Church offered a related statement from the offices of the Twelve and First Presidency.

David Holland, meanwhile, offers some insights to Harvard Divinity School on Latter-day Saints, gender, and church discipline. Holland joined the Harvard faculty last year in 2013.

Jabari Parker, a Latter-day Saint from Chicago, was taken as the #2 lottery pick in this week’s NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the NYT revisits the perennial question of Mormon athletes and missionary service. Parker has also drawn attention as the “first black Mormon” in the NBA. (Although that may be news to Brandon Davies.)




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  1. Here is an article on progressivism within the LDS church by Ralph Hancock that came out this week:

    Comment by European Saint — June 29, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

  2. Thanks, Ryan.

    European Saint: Thank you for always stopping by/only stopping by to plug Professor Hancock’s latest writings. It must truly be a labor of love.

    Comment by Christopher — June 30, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

  3. Thanks for the links, Ryan. Much appreciated!

    Comment by J Stuart — June 30, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

  4. Christopher: you’re welcome. I find Hancock’s latest as important if not more so than any of the other news links above. I would love to see a response to it.

    Comment by European Saint — July 1, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

  5. I’ve no doubt you do, European Saint. I don’t have the time or inclination to give Professor Hancock’s piece the fuller response you so desperately desire, but I’m glad you notified readers of it here. (Well, sort of. It only deals tangentially with Mormon history/studies).

    In the future, I hope you will find other posts here at the Juvenile Instructor worthwhile enough to read and to comment on. Maybe one of us can even write something compelling, insightful, and intellectually stimulating enough that you’ll offer something more than a plug and/or defense of Professor Hancock’s writing.

    Comment by Christopher — July 1, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

  6. European Saint,
    It makes sense that you’d want to hear a response to Bro. Hancock’s work, but I wonder what lucy would say. How I miss her opining on all things Hancock.

    Comment by John C. — July 2, 2014 @ 9:05 am

  7. Kudos to you, John C., for your classiness and focus on the issues rather than… Ad hominem.

    Comment by European Saint — July 2, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

  8. Do you ever feel like you are missing information that would make a series of comments make sense?

    Comment by Amanda — July 2, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

  9. European Saint,
    I just admire your determination in spreading the good word of Bro. Hancock. One might normally expect such commitment from family or close personal friends, but from an admirer with no conflict of interest whatsoever? May we live and write worthy to receive such devotion.

    Comment by John C. — July 3, 2014 @ 5:46 am

  10. European Saint also doesn’t know what ad hominem means. (Hint: this observation is not an ad hominem fallacy, either.)

    Comment by Quickmere — July 3, 2014 @ 9:04 am


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