Who Is Worthy? Mormon Youth Interviews, Sex, And Shame
Wednesday, we’re talking about Mormon worthiness interviews with writer Elna Baker. She explored her experience with a sexually explicit one-on-one interview for the radio program This American Life.
Wednesday, we’re talking about Mormon worthiness interviews. These conversations with lay-clergy determine if Mormons can enter the Temple, go on a mission, or attend Church-run universities. And even for pre-teen members the questions can be sexually explicit and sometimes traumatizing. This weekend, writer Elna Baker explored her own experience for the public radio program This American Life. She’ll join us to tell her story and the stories of other women who have gone through this experience.
- Elna Baker and Miki Meeks, producers of The Old Man on My Shoulder for This American Life. [Check out our 2012 conversation with Baker.]
- Taylor Petrey, Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Kalamazoo College.
- Lee Hale, KUER Religion Reporter. Why Do Mormon Bishops Talk To Youth About Sex?; Excommunication Still Stands For Sam Young, Mormon Church Says