Forgive me if I step away this week from our regularly scheduled format.
Today—just today–I spoke with three young Mormons facing the exceptional challenge of living their faith and by the leadings of their conscience:
–A young woman who feels led to speak out on the issue of women’s ordination, but who worries that if she does she will get kicked out of BYU and lose her job.
–A young mother in a conservative Utah town whose neighbors are boycotting her home-based business because she is open about her Mormon feminism.
–And a worthy, believing young man (who I will soon profile at my other gig at ReligionDispatches.org) who has been told he cannot serve a mission because he believes his gay brother is equal in the sight of God and deserves all the same blessings and opportunities he enjoys.
We talked for an hour tonight, this young man and me, and he asked me, finally, “Look, I read your bio—and it left me wondering. Why do you stay?”