Tag: Stephen Carter

Call Me by My Name

By Stephen Carter     Or click here to download the audio file: Call Me by My Name     When I was in first grade, I decided to change my name. Well, not change it, exactly, but switch it. My parents had called me by my middle name since I was born—mainly, I think, …

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A Reluctant Pioneer

By Stephen Carter Stephen Carter is the director of publications for the Sunstone Education Foundation. An earlier version of this article was presented as a sermon on 17 July 2016 at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.     Or right-click to download the audio here: A Reluctant Pioneer     …

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Iron

By Stephen Carter     The first Book of Mormon metaphor my childhood brain latched onto was the rod of iron in Lehi’s Dream. I often contemplated a painting of it in an illustrated scripture book I had, fascinated by the drama of it: the struggling bodies, the miasmic landscape, the shimmering tree—all connected by …

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Book Review: “Moth and Rust Mormon Encounters with Death”

Title:  Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,  Edited by: Stephen Carter, Published: Signature books, 2017, Pages: 257 Genre: Narrative Non (mostly!) Fiction ISBN: 978-1-56085-265-0 Price: 23.95 Reviewed By Andrew Hamilton at the Association for Mormon Letters and Approaching Justice, shared here by permission. When Devery Anderson at Signature Books contacted me and asked me if …

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Creating in the Borderlands

By Stephen Carter   Eight years ago, while working on my third issue of Sunstone, I edited an article by John-Charles Duffy titled, “Mapping Mormon Historicity Debates—Part II: Perspectives from the Sociology of Knowledge.”1 Not the most exciting of titles, but the article itself upended my worldview and sent me on an eight-year journey that …

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Review of Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

by Patrick Q. Mason Reviewed by Stephen Carter   Doubt has two unique definitions in Mormon culture. In church meetings, we’re most likely to use the word in a negative sense to describe the state of someone who is breaking themselves against—or ignoring—an obvious gospel truth. (Except when we are talking about someone who is …

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Pilot Program: Making Polygamy Personal

Reviewed by Stephen Carter A blossom of faith That’s what opened in front of Abigail—just for an instant—when her stake president called her and her husband, Jacob, to be part of a pilot program to reintroduce plural marriage into the Mormon Church. Everything in her brain said no. But that blossom. Like most of us …

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