I just found out yesterday that this month is #OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month), a play on #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which occurs every November.
Coincidentally, I’ve written 6 new poems over the last few weeks. I had planned to write only one poem, but it started to go in a different direction. I knew that I had to write another. Then another. And another.
Then Gina Colvin interviewed Lindsay Hansen Park on A Thoughtful Faith in an episode called “Critiquing Progressive Mormonism”, and all of a sudden, I had loads of ideas for future poems.
What started out as a single poem about my recent faith crisis has morphed into a series. So far, I have just 6, but I plan to write a few more exploring various aspects of faith crisis, especially in a Mormon context.
Anyhow, I wanted to share what I’ve written so far, so here they are (with a brief summary of each). Keep in mind that I typically like to use a lot of symbolism, some of it subtle and some of it obvious. See if you can find all the symbols I’ve used. Continue reading “6 poems about faith crisis”
I just listened to a podcast of a friend of mine discussing some of her life in the LDS church. Towards the end, she mentioned that she stopped attending church. This on the heels of several other friends of mine cutting ties this year with the church.
And it makes me sad.
Continue reading “My friends are leaving the church, and it makes me sad”
I’ve had two faith crises.
One thing that having two faith crises has done for me is allowing me to compare them. In most ways, they were different. Different triggers, different durations, different reactions, and different emotions.
One specific way the two faith crises differed was the level of openness I took with each. Continue reading “Why are there no safe spaces to question our faith?”
I broke two of my rules with that headline: I used the word “really” and I swore. But there it … Continue reading Fine. I’ll stay. But I’m really pissed off.
This is the third post in a series how several of us have dealt with a crisis in faith.
No one can make us do anything we seriously don’t want to do. I can’t even say when I started to slide backwards it was such a gradual change. In all hindsight, I can honestly say it was because I took my membership and my temple recommend for granted. I believed that members sealed in the temple were sealed for all time and eternity; therefore, there is no divorce. You work things out.
Continue reading “My faith crisis story (Sally)”
This is the second post in a series how several of us have dealt with a crisis in faith.
I have had a few experiences in my life that have shaped my understanding of the gospel and the church. These key experiences have shaped the small testimony that I have and I feel like there isnâ€™t anything that could ever change my understanding of those experiences, or what they taught me afterwards.
Continue reading “My faith crisis story (JM)”
This is the first post in a series how several of us have dealt with a crisis in faith.
My parents joined the church when I was five years old. Actually, it was just before the Saskatoon Saskatchewan District became a stake, so for the first couple of months of my Mormon experience, I attended a branch. I grew up in the church. I was a pretty average member for most of that time. While I had siblings who blatantly rejected the church, the closest I came was a bout of apathy. Continue reading My faith crisis story (Kim)