12 episodes

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.

The Foyer Leonard J Arrington Chair at Utah State University

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

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.

    Special Presentation: An evening with Dallas Jenkins

    Special Presentation: An evening with Dallas Jenkins

    This special episode of the foyer is a live recording in front of a live audience. Join Patrick Mason, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, and Dallas Jenkins, Creator and Director of The Chosen, as they discuss the behind the scenes of creating the largest crowd-funded media project of all time. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Foyer: LGBTQ Mormon History and Theology

    The Foyer: LGBTQ Mormon History and Theology

    No other issue is as publicly prominent or as vexing for contemporary Mormonism as the relationship between the LDS Church and the LGBTQ community. We will discuss the history of LDS teachings about homosexuality, the recent emergence of “queer Mormon theology,” and how LGBTQ Latter-day Saints navigate the complex tensions of their religion and sexuality.

    Patrick will be joined by authors of two recent and important books on these subjects. Blaire Ostler, a philosopher who works at the intersection of queer, Mormon, and transhumanist thought. She is the author of Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction (By Common Consent Press, 2021). Taylor Petrey is an associate professor of religion and chair of the Religion Department at Kalamazoo College. The editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Petrey’s most recent book is Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Latter-day Saints and Politics

    Latter-day Saints and Politics

    American society is deeply divided. Our political culture is as fractured and dysfunctional as at any time since the Civil War. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this polarization, but there have also been voices calling for a return to the “better angels of our nature.” Joining us will be two of those voices speaking out in favor of a distinctively Mormon way of engaging politics. Judge Thomas Griffith is a former federal judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before becoming a judge on the nation’s second-highest court, he was Senate Legal Counsel and General Counsel for Brigham Young University. Jennifer Walker Thomas is the co-Executive Director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She currently serves as an elected member of the town government in Belmont, Massachusetts.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Seeing the World Anew through Memoir

    Seeing the World Anew through Memoir

    There are some books you read that change the way you see the world. That was my experience reading the amazing recent memoirs by these two scholars and authors, who happen to be uncle and niece. Join us for a conversation about Mormonism, Zen Buddhism, raking, and cancer. Charles Shirō Inouye is Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture at Tufts University and the author of the new memoir Zion Earth Zen Sky (Maxwell Institute, 2021). Melissa Inouye is a historian in the LDS Church History Department and the author of Crossings: A Bald Asian American Latter-day Saint Woman Scholar’s Ventures through Life, Death, Cancer, and Motherhood (Maxwell Institute, 2019).

    • 59 min
    The Ongoing Quest for Racial Equality

    The Ongoing Quest for Racial Equality

    May 25, 2021, marked the one-year anniversary since the murder of George Floyd, which set off a nationwide wave of protests over policing and continuing racial inequalities in America. In addition to the broader American context, the LDS Church is in the midst of an ongoing reckoning with its own past of racial exclusion. In this episode guests LaShawn Williams, Mauli Bonner, and Paul Reeve will talk about the past, present, and future of race in America and Mormonism, focusing especially on the African American experience.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Dangerous History: Mark Hofmann and Murder among the Mormons

    Dangerous History: Mark Hofmann and Murder among the Mormons

    Since its release in February 2021, Murder among the Mormons has been one of the most popular titles on Netflix. The true crime documentary recounts the story of Mark Hofmann, one of the most infamous forgers in modern history, whose web of lies eventually led to the murders of two innocent people. On this episode of “The Foyer,” host Patrick Mason will be joined by filmmaker Jared Hess, co-director of Murder among the Mormons, and historian Rick Turley, author of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, to talk about the Hofmann forgeries, the documentary, and what it all means for Mormonism then and now.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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