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A Struggle for the Soul of Mormonism

Tilly Marlatt
Signature Books

In September of 1993, six prominent intellectuals were disciplined and excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Our guest this week, professor and author Sara Patterson, argues in her new book, “The September Six and the Struggle for the Soul of Mormonism” that the term “September Six” is misleading –— because it wasn’t just six members and it didn’t only happen during the month of September. While the problems between these academics and the LDS church felt new and sudden, Patterson argues the LDS church’s stance on intellectualism, feminism and the LGBTQ+ community started shifting years, if not decades earlier. Patterson joins us Friday at noon to look at what really happened and the lasting impacts on the Church and on those who were involved.

Sara Patterson will discuss her book at the Salt Lake City Main Library auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. and at Provo's Writ and Vision on Saturday, Oct. 7.


  • Maxine Hanks | One of the “September Six”. She is a feminist theologian, historian, writer, and lecturer on women's studies in religion. 
  • Dr. Sara M. Patterson | Professor of theological studies at Hanover College. Her latest book is “The September Six and the Struggle for the Soul of Mormonism.” [Signature Books | Amazon | Bookshop] You can listen to the Sunstone Symposium here.

Airdate: Friday, September 22, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, September 23. 2023 at 11 a.m.

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