“New Religious Movement” is one of those tricky, catch-all terms that can refer to lots of different communities, including ones that have very little in common. Broadly, a New Religions Movement (NRM) is a religious group that came into existence more recently (typically somewhere around the 19th century or later). Other terms include alternative spiritualities, […]
LDS Earth Stewardship is a non-profit organization united by the belief that earth stewardship is a gospel principle and gathered for the purpose of exploring and promoting that principle. The group draws on the community and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but does not have an official affiliation with the Church.
Amanda Montell is a a writer, linguist, and podcast host living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and co-host of the Spotify Top 20 podcast, “Sounds like a cult.”
Cherish Families is a nonprofit founded and largely staffed by people from polygamist backgrounds. According to the organization’s website, Cherish Families aims to “connect individuals and families, primarily those from polygamist cultures, with tools and resources for generational success.” Alina Darger is executive director and Shirlee Draper is director of operations.
Lindsay Hansen Park is host of the “Year of Polygamy” podcast and executive director of the Sunstone Education Foundation, which is a platform to discuss the diverse range of Mormon belief and practice through scholarship, art, short fiction and poetry.
Ashley LeBaron-Black is assistant professor at Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life. She has published her original research on how religious involvement can alleviate or exacerbate financial stress.
Camille Baker is a member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She published a column in the Deseret News in October 2020 titled “What Mr. Rogers can teach about healing our toxic political climate.” Contact Mormon Women for Ethical Government for interviews.
Sharon Eubank directs LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also serves as first counselor in the first presidency of the church’s Relief Society, an organization for female Latter-day Saints. Arrange an interview through Eric Hawkins.
Rep. Chris D. Stewart is a Republican congressman from Utah. He is the lead sponsor of the Fairness for All Act, which tries to balance religious freedom protections with LGBTQ rights. Arrange an interview through Madison Shupe.