Speaker: Ayla Serenemoon

Heavenly Mothers: Magick, the Divine Feminine, and Homebirth in the Mormon Community of North America

Heavenly Mothers: Magick, the Divine Feminine, and Homebirth in the Mormon Community of North America Mormons are a distinct community which kept homebirth alive throughout the twentieth century while nearly all other U.S. women were coerced into birthing in hospitals. In this session, I will heuristically explore an interesting commonality within this culture-homebirth and celestial …

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Ethereal Intersection: Mormonism and Spiritualism

Ethereal Intersection: Mormonism and Spiritualism Organized in 1870 by William S. Godbe, the Godbeite church was an early Mormon offshoot that aimed toward embracing all belief systems. Both the Godbeites and mainstream Mormons affirmed the eternal nature of the individual and taught the validity of spiritual experience. Although the Godbeites eventually dissolved as a practicing …

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In the News: The Texas/FLDS Raids

In the News: The Texas/FLDS Raids Much of the nation has been fascinated (and many horrified) by recent events in which the Texas Child Protective Services agency, acting on an anonymous tip now seen as dubious in origin, initiated the removal of more than four hundred children from the Yearning for Zion ranch founded by …

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