222 episodes

Faith Matters offers an expansive view of the Restored Gospel, thoughtful exploration of big and sometimes thorny questions, and a platform that encourages deeper engagement with our faith and our world. We focus on the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) tradition, but believe we have much to learn from other traditions and fully embrace those of other beliefs.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

Faith Matters offers an expansive view of the Restored Gospel, thoughtful exploration of big and sometimes thorny questions, and a platform that encourages deeper engagement with our faith and our world. We focus on the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) tradition, but believe we have much to learn from other traditions and fully embrace those of other beliefs.

    219. What's the Future of Women at Church? A Conversation with Neylan McBaine and Bethany Brady Spalding

    219. What's the Future of Women at Church? A Conversation with Neylan McBaine and Bethany Brady Spalding

    This week we’re bringing you a conversation on a subject that we’re always thinking about, but that has taken on a special urgency over the last two months—the role of women in the Church. A large survey recently released showed a societal shift with regard to women and religion. In a reversal of trends from prior generations, young women are now leaving religion at significantly higher rates than men. Social issues and patriarchal structures are oft-cited reasons. Are there signs of tro...

    • 1 hr
    218. A New Book Every Time - A Conversation with Bob Rees

    218. A New Book Every Time - A Conversation with Bob Rees

    This week, we're excited to have Bob Rees on the podcast. Bob is a true "long-haul hero" (to use Pete Davis's term) -- a Latter-day Saint who has been studying and writing on Latter-day Saint topics for more than fifty years. To us, Bob exhibits the best of what we have to offer theologically, and practically, to the world. Bob believes that the deepest power of the Book of Mormon, even more than its remarkable origin story, is its ultimate message of love. After a lifetime of serious st...

    • 43 min
    217. Surveying the Saints — A Conversation with Josh Coates

    217. Surveying the Saints — A Conversation with Josh Coates

    This week, we’re sharing a fascinating conversation we had with Josh Coates, a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and founder of the BH Roberts Foundation. The BH Roberts Foundation is the non-profit behind Mormonr, a producer of Latter-day Saint media that tackles hard questions about the faith, as well as "LDSBot," an AI-driven chatbot that is able to handle just about any question about Latter-day Saint culture and theology shockingly well. In February of this year, Josh and his collea...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    216. Big Stories, Little Saints — A Conversation with Sarah and Josh Sabey

    216. Big Stories, Little Saints — A Conversation with Sarah and Josh Sabey

    We're so excited to have Sarah and Josh Sabey on the podcast this week. Sarah and Josh are writers, filmmakers, and spouses. Their films cover important issues in non-polarizing ways. Their first film, American Tragedy, reached the top ten most watched films on Amazon Prime. Their latest project is called The Book of Mormon Storybook for Little Saints. It's a beautiful 2-volume collection of 50 Book of Mormon stories, adapted for children and their parents. They write that the prima...

    • 58 min
    215. Finding the Still Point in Tension — John Kesler and Thomas McConkie

    215. Finding the Still Point in Tension — John Kesler and Thomas McConkie

    This week we’re joined by our good friend and contributor to Faith Matters, Thomas McConkie, along with his longtime mentor and friend, John Kesler.In many ways, Thomas and John's paths were mirror images of each other until they eventually collided. John Kesler developed an awareness and life practice called IPP or Integral Polarity Practice that has had a profound impact on Thomas's life. You're going hear a little about polarities or fundamental tensions of human development and how in fin...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    214. Gathering All Safely In — A Conversation with Liz and Jordon Sharp

    214. Gathering All Safely In — A Conversation with Liz and Jordon Sharp

    **Disclaimer that this episode mentions suicide in connection to LGBTQ youth. If you are not in a place to listen right now, you might want to skip this one. If you are, though, we really encourage you to listen on this tough but important topic that impacts so many in our community.**In this conversation, Dr. Jordon and Liz Sharp from St. George, Utah, shared their remarkable and inspiring story of moving from trauma, confusion, and loss to miracles, enlightenment, and strength as an L...

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

sorayaana ,

Future of Women at Church

Thank you for the beautiful, thoughtful, and spirit driven conversation on a difficult topic within our faith community. It was refreshing to listen to and uplifting for many who feel women’s voice are not being heard. We can do better to embrace the amazing God given talents women have in our church so they can better utilize these gifts to strengthen men, women, and children in and outside of our communities.

Irrum R ,

Provides the words I need to understand my faith

The first Faith Matters podcast I listened to transformed my trajectory because it gave me the words to finally understand what what happening to my faith. Subsequent episodes continue to provide additional language to explain to myself and others where I am. Prior to finding Faith Matters I was confused and didn’t understand what was going on with my faith and I was starting to become frustrated with the Latter-day Saint tradition. Beginning to understand what is happening to me has allowed me to come to peace with the tradition I’ve grown up in and find a place in it that works for me.

anitamombanita ,

A breath of fresh air

I love this show and look forward to each new episode. And then I share them with friends and family. To steal the words of your latest guest, Bob Rees, “ “I just think the dialogue that you're creating around so many important subjects on Faith Matters and the beautiful things that are being published …you're giving me these jewels and a lot of them by people I don't even know or haven't heard of...This is a wonderful thing happening at a time in the history of the Restoration where I feel it's really inspired and very needed. And so I just applaud all of you who have made this happen.”

My spirits are lifted each time I hear a unique perspective from your guests who are mostly faithful members of our spiritual community. It is so refreshing to hear from individuals who have different viewpoints and experiences (don’t we all?) and who do not feel constrained to just regurgitate the “official party line” of the Church but are willing to speak their own minds in the most loving and respectful ways!

Please keep up this great work! We all need more of it!

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