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Faith And Activism

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Sister Jean A. Stevens became the first woman to offer prayer at LDS General Conference, April 6, 2013.

For faithful Latter-day Saints, there isn’t really a way to petition the Church for change. Activists who make a ruckus run the risk of discipline or excommunication. So, when does activism work?

RadioWest divider.

Monday we’re asking just how much influence Latter-day Saints have over policy changes within their church. For faithful members, there isn’t really direct way to petition the church presidency, which means change can be very slow. Impatient activists who make a ruckus run the risk of discipline or even excommunication. So, when does activism work and who gets the credit when change does happen? KUER’s Lee Hale, historian Matthew Bowman, and Amber Whiteley of “Let Women Pray” join us.

  • Lee Hale reports on religion, and is working on a podcast for KUER.
  • Matthew Bowman teaches history at Henderson State University in Arkansas and is the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]
  • Amber Choruby Whiteley was a co-founder of Let Women Pray, and is a Ph.D. candidate in counseling psychology.

Who Gets Credit For Change In The LDS Church? There's an understanding among Latter-day Saints: Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happens from the top when God speaks through his prophet. That's been the case for a long time - as is it is now with the current prophet Russell M.

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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