An Alternative Orthodoxy for Mormonism

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, a prominent Catholic priest, writer, and teacher, has referred to his Franciscan teachings as an alternative orthodoxy that “doesn’t throw out the mainline tradition; [it] simply place[s] our effort and our energy on overlooked or misunderstood aspects of the tradition.” In this session, we will use Fr. Rohr’s alternate orthodoxy as a guide to explore what an alternative orthodoxy might look like in the Mormon tradition if we emphasize certain aspects of the radical wisdom teachings of Jesus of Nazareth combined with the mystical teachings of Joseph Smith. What might this approach open up for spiritual seekers and younger Mormons who are feeling a disconnect in today’s LDS Church?

Jana Spangler, LaNeece Flamm