Welcome to The Sisterhood Podcast, where we believe women rise when they lift each other. As lifelong, believing members of the LDS church, Allyson Reynolds and Tiffany Sowby both love and support the church while also advocating for changes that allow more people to “Come unto Christ.” This podcast encourages courageous conversations about the intersection between faith, politics, and social issues that many feel they can’t discuss at church or even a family dinner.
We hope to educate and raise awareness about these issues in a girl next door kind of way, while giving concrete suggestions for how our sisters can “be the change” and reach out in love and acceptance to the “least of these” among us.
Episode 121 - Does Humanitarian Aid Do More Harm Than Good?
Welcome to The Sisterhood Podcast, episode 121. In today’s episode we will be talking about billionaires going to space, does humanitarian aid do more harm than good? And reusable produce bags.
Billionaires going to space
Republic of Tea Pineapple and Lychee herbal tea
Netflix’s “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes”
Vinegar as fabric softener
Reusable produce bags
Bonus Episode: "She's Not Wrong" with Blaire Ostler, author of Queer Mormon Theology
Join Allyson this week as she interviews Blair Ostler, author of "Queer Mormon Theology" and discusses her groundbreaking perspective that brings hope to the LDS Queer community.
"Queer Mormon Theology" published by Common Consent
Episode 120 - Girls' Camp Modesty Dress Codes: Helpful or Harmful?
Join Allyson and Tiffany in this week’s episode as they discuss (current event), (main topic), (favorite thing), and as always, share a spotlight of an inspiring sister.
Current Event/News Story:
Britney Spears' conservatorship
I crafted this short letter for a friend who was looking for language to help her approach her local church youth leaders about the modesty dress code that she was not comfortable with for her daughter. Feel free to use and edit at will:
“Thank you for all your hard work getting ready for camp. ( ) is really looking forward to it!
Our modesty guidelines as a family are that our children dress appropriately for the activity, for the weather, and for safety - otherwise we simply want them to feel comfortable in whatever they are wearing. That guideline applies to both our sons and daughters.
We do not want to give our young daughter the message that her thighs or shoulders are inherently shameful or sexual in nature and need to be covered. We are working hard in our home to combat the messages in our culture that both shame, objectify, and sexualize girls bodies, and also tells them they are responsible for the inappropriate thoughts and behaviors of boys and men. We have given considerable thought to the implications these messages can have down the road, and are deeply concerned about upholding these messages.
( ) has always worn regular length shorts in the summers and tank tops on extra hot days, so unless there are activities or safety concerns that require different clothing, that’s what she will be bringing to wear when the weather is hot.
Sadly, we know of far too many experiences where girls in particular have been shamed and embarrassed at youth activities for their clothing choices - and some have left the church as a result - so we want to avoid this type of experience altogether, and hope you will not shame or embarrass her for following our family guidelines.
I hope you don’t read this as an accusation or a challenge, but as a sincere desire from concerned and loving parents to support healthy behavior and thoughts about all girls' bodies.”
1. @choosetobeaware IG account
2. Mamba Sticks
3. Pride film
1. @liftandloveorg IG account
2. Trader Joe's Caroline BBQ sauce and Grainless Granola
3. Dialogue Journal podcast episode on LDS Feminism
Inspiring Sister Spotlight:
3 inspiring female Olympic athletes
Episode 119 - WWJD? He'd Fly a Pride Flag
In today’s episode we will talking about whether Jesus would fly a Pride flag, the LDS Charities opening a migrant center, the Language Matters Instagram account and as always, we will spotlight an inspiring sister.
LDS Church opens facility to help migrants
Allyson’s blanket from Mexico
Language Matters Instagram
Ulta Hydrating balm
Sweet Baby Ray’s Hawaiian BBQ sauce
Episode 118 - How and Why LDS Women "Should" Themselves with Guest Host Reva Cook, LCSW
In today’s episode Tiffany has a guest co-host Reva Cook, and will talk about a high school editing girls’ yearbook photos, how and why LDS women should themselves, Etsy shops, and as always, we will spotlight an inspiring sister.
Episode 117 - Will the Word of Wisdom Ever Change?
Join Allyson and Tiffany in this week’s episode as they discuss mass shootings in the U.S., whether or not the word of wisdom will ever change, bamboo sheets, and as always, a spotlight of an inspiring sister.
Current Event/News Story:
Another mass shooting on Mother's Day
Will the Word of Wisdom Ever Change?
Caffeinated Sparkling Ice
'Searching for Sunday' by Rachel Held Evans
(Is Netflix’s Seaspiracy film right about fishing?)
Inspiring Sister Spotlight:
Chelsea Haley, 29-year-old single mom who adopted her student and his little brother is finally debt free.
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Allyson and Tiffany are filling a needed void in our church culture: not being afraid to question the hard, messy stuff but still approaching from a faithful lens. I like that they’re not necessarily experts on these topics, but committed to learning and talking together. And they have a banter that manages to keep things pretty light even though they can touch on tough subjects, It’s like talking about it with your friends. I don’t always agree but they always make me think. Their Instagram @thesisterhoodpodcast is a great follow, too.
The friends I wish I had at church
I’ve been listening to this podcast for the past year and these women never miss. Every episode is real, vulnerable and honest. I appreciate that Alyson and Tiffany are willing to give voice to underrepresented ideas in the LDS culture and approach topics with curiosity and humility. They are the friends I wish had at church. Thank you for making space for new and different perspectives. I look forward to your episodes every week.
I have been craving REAL conversations about the messiness of life and the church. This podcast understands nothing is black and white and they are willing to talk about the real issues and conversations while still engaging positively with the church. Thank you thank you!!