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The Foyer

The Foyer: Conversations about mormon history and culture

Conversations about mormon history and culture

Many of the most important conversations in a Latter-day Saint ward happen not in the chapel or a classroom but in the meetinghouse foyer. In each episode of “The Foyer,” one or more distinguished guests will join Dr. Patrick Mason for a thoughtful but informal conversation about Mormon history and culture. Episodes will be video cast live with audience Q&A. These sessions are also available via spotify following th event


You can listen to past episodes by subscribing to our Spotify playlist or listing to the links below.

Past Episodes


Scheduled Events

All live events are at 7pm via zoom.

Tues. Feb. 16

Sister Saints

Yes, Mormon women were pioneers and polygamist wives.  But how have women shaped the history of Mormonism sincepolygamy?  Our guest will be Dr. Colleen McDannell, who is the Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of History at the University of Utah.  She is the author of several books on American religious history, including the recent book Sister Saints: Mormon Women Since the End of Polygamy.

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Tues. Mar. 16

Heavenly Mother: Moment or Movement?

 One of Mormonism’s distinctive teachings is that of a Heavenly Mother, a female divinity who is God the Father’s wife and the mother of all humanity.  Long shrouded in mystery and considered by many a taboo topic, there has been a resurgence in interest in Heavenly Mother in contemporary Mormonism.  Is this just a fad, or are we witnessing the reshaping of Mormon doctrine and culture with a greater emphasis on the inherent divinity and spiritual power of women?  Guests include Fiona Givens, co-author of All Things New and Research Fellow at the Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University; Bethany Brady Spalding, author of several books including A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother; and Rachel Hunt Steenblik, author of the poetry collection Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of a Heavenly Mother.

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