045: John Larsen on Faith & Identity Transition

10303866_10205186446770863_7219991679164682577_nJohn Larsen has been a controversial figure within the Mormon internet community due to his podcast Mormon Expression, which often irreverently criticizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  At the same time, he has much experience dealing with the 10577064_10203460651948346_3061199234440327084_npainful implications of faith transitions on both sides of the table – from personal experience and through the many people he has come in contact with doing the work he does.  It is because of these experiences that he has founded the White Fields Educational Foundation which attempts to assist individuals as they navigate religious transition through counseling services, support groups and other resources.  Natasha Helfer Parker sits down with John (graciously hosted at his studio) to discuss some of the insights he has garnered over the years, as well as the hopes he has for the growth of his foundation in helping members recreate identity when facing the uncertainties, complex feelings and family implications surrounding changes in belief.  Lindsay Hansen Park, known for her thorough podcast series,  “Year of Polygamy” on Feminist Mormon Housewives and involvement working with Sunstone, also joins us towards the end to discuss some of her insights on this topic.

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