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Decolonizing Mormonism

From Decoloning Mormon Cover / University of Utah Press
Sketch of a tree with many branches.

Is the LDS Church really an international church? More than half of the world’s Mormons live outside the U.S., but the editors of a new book say decisions are made by white, mostly American men.

RadioWest divider.

The LDS Church has congregations around the world, but is it really an "international" church? It's headquartered of course in Salt Lake City, and the programs, policies, curricula, and leadership emanate from that seat of power. More than half of the world’s Mormons live outside of the United States though. Scholars Joanna Brooks and Gina Colvin join us Tuesday to talk about the particularly American nature of the Church, and what that means for Saints of different cultures and experiences.

Gina Colvin is a New Zealand Maori scholar. She’s a research fellow at the University of Canterbury. Colvin is host of the podcast A Thoughtful Faith, and she writes KiwiMormonfor the religion blog Patheos.

Joanna Brooks is a scholar of American culture and religion. She's Associate Vice President of Faculty at San Diego State University. She’s also chair of the foundation behind Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

They are co-editors of the book Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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