We continue our tour of the Gospel Topics Essays and with the essay Mother In Heaven. The Goal- To share the LDS Church’s Gospel Topic Essays and help the both the believing member and the non-believer get a sense of the why these essays were written, who the intended audience is, whether these essays resolve the concerns of the faithful and non-believer and why they perhaps these essays even add to the disbelief of those who skeptical of the issues they find in Mormon History.
A Hymn written about Mother In Heaven ( “Our Mother in Heaven.” Originally written in 1893 by William C. Harrison, this companion hymn to “O My Father” was circulated in LDS periodicals, such as the Juvenile Instructor and the Millennial Star. The text has been revised and placed to a new tune.)
Co-Hosts of this episode
Blaire Ostler is a philosopher specialized in queer studies, and is a leading voice at the intersection of queer, Mormon, and transhumanist thought. She is an author publishing her first book, “Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction.” She is a board member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the Christian Transhumanist Association, and Sunstone. Blaire is also an artist and poet, and spends her spare time hiking, painting, writing, and bickering with her friends about almost any topic imaginable. Blaire and husband Drew reside in Utah with their three children.
Jana Spangler is an Integral Professional Life Coach with Symmetry Solutions who specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing shifts in their faith, those affected by a loved one’s shifting faith, and mixed-faith couples. She attended The Living School – a wisdom school run by the Center for Action & Contemplation under the direction of Fr. Richard Rohr – where she studied Contemplative Christianity and Wisdom Traditions and how they can support the transforming work of Love in ourselves, our communities, and the world. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, firesides, retreats, and on podcasts and is a guest lecturer at BYU on issues of faith and development.
Anthony Miller is an entrepreneur and education enthusiast in Billings, Montana, with Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Financial Services. After a lifetime of faithful membership in the church, he experienced a faith transition after he stumbled across the Gospel Topics Essays and similar materials in 2016, while he was searching for resources to support his adult gay son. Anthony blogs at UnpackingAmbiguity.com and is a frequent contributor to post and progressive Mormon support communities.