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Staylds alternatives?

Post by Bear » 09 May 2015, 12:18

Hi. Im not falling out of love with staylds:) Im just curious about what other forums there are out there?
It can go both way.. More critical, and less critical.

The last 6 months i have been drifting more and more toward "very critical", and i want to see if there are other "soft" places like staylds out there.
Thanks:)

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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by SilentDawning » 09 May 2015, 20:19

Not that I'm aware of. There was Mormondiscussions.com which had Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial forums -- if you wanted to stay less critical, you could post in the celestial forum. People who wanted to be more critical would post in the telestial forum.

It was pretty hilarious some of it. Some very smart, sarcastic people there. I did notice the celestial forum was better than the telestial forum in terms of keeping it light...at the time.
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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by startpoor » 09 May 2015, 21:30

If you're looking for less critical I think fairlds has a decent board. It's not my personal cup of tea, but the conversation can be pretty open and there's some good advice given. Probably more on the faithful scale than here, but not anti-doubt either.


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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by Ann » 10 May 2015, 00:09

Bear wrote:Hi. Im not falling out of love with staylds:) Im just curious about what other forums there are out there?
It can go both way.. More critical, and less critical.

The last 6 months i have been drifting more and more toward "very critical", and i want to see if there are other "soft" places like staylds out there.
Thanks:)
You might like the A Thoughtful Faith Facebook group. I think I'm figuring out that wayfarer is a big poster there. (Could be wrong about that.) There are interesting doctrinal discussions, contributions from Jared Anderson of Mormon Sunday School and David Bokovoy of Patheos and other places. There's also all the venting and the "Hey, I've got a random question" posts. The moderators are very present, positive and give as much latitude as the mission of the site allows. (Which is the way I would also describe stayLDS, btw.)

It's not a discussion forum, but I like MormonMatters with Dan Wotherspoon.

I do occasionally go to the Celestial and Terrestrial sections of MormonDiscussions because there are some real gems there. They're hard to find, but sometimes so worth it. A lot of smart people who write well, but also a lot of bitterness and aggression. (And they're downright obsessed with the Maxwell Institute, which I don't care about at all....)
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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by DarkJedi » 10 May 2015, 05:16

I visit mormondialogue.org sometimes. There's a mix of people there from very orthodox hardliners to those who are disaffected (but not anti).
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Post by Curt Sunshine » 10 May 2015, 12:41

I second A Thoughtful Faith, as well as Rational Faiths.

LDSLiving has had some excellent pieces and is focused on being faithful.

By Common Consent is a pretty good mixture of faith-promoting posts and constructive criticism (with some excellent comments), but they moderate complaints and vents quite actively.

NOM absolutely is NOT a soft place. It works for those who need unfettered ability to vent and complain and be supported in those actions (and that type of forum is important for some people), but it is not a soft place for anyone who is committed to finding peace and joy in the LDS Church.
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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by Bear » 10 May 2015, 13:34

Thanks a lot everyone. Will check it out!


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Post by Ann » 10 May 2015, 20:35

Also - I like checking out realclearreligion.org. I learn a lot there. In a roundabout way it has so far contributed to my staying LDS by reminding me that every religious institution has problems. Ray's always good to remind of that, too. Now it's more a question of which problems do I want to contend with.
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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by agnosticmormon » 13 May 2015, 03:18

Ray DeGraw wrote:I second A Thoughtful Faith, as well as Rational Faiths.

LDSLiving has had some excellent pieces and is focused on being faithful.

By Common Consent is a pretty good mixture of faith-promoting posts and constructive criticism (with some excellent comments), but they moderate complaints and vents quite actively.

NOM absolutely is NOT a soft place. It works for those who need unfettered ability to vent and complain and be supported in those actions (and that type of forum is important for some people), but it is not a soft place for anyone who is committed to finding peace and joy in the LDS Church.
Are you looking only for faith building or faith maintaining alternatives? If so, the ones listed so far are all good options to check out. If you are looking for conversations regarding the Church in any way, there are lots to choose from. Feel free to send me a pm on StayLDS or NOM and I would be happy to point you to some resources that might better fit your needs. I have a list of several hundred groups - far too many to list here!

Just a slight clarification about NOM... The conversations and discussions are definitely not geared towards finding peace and joy in the Church, but rather finding a way to make the Church work for the individual. Sometimes that's not pretty. Sometimes the conversations are hard and painful and uncomfortable and we allow that on NOM. Church can be a very painful place for some people, even when they still believe or want to make it work for them. Church can also be a very funny place and sometimes the best way to get through it is to laugh. Humor is a large part of what makes the NOM community great! There are many believing members on NOM and there are many who don't believe but participate for a variety of reasons. It is a moderated forum. We don't allow disrespectful conversations, but we do allow honest conversations. It doesn't work for everyone, but it meets the needs for some.
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Mormon Stories Podcast Community on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/mormonstories) is a great place to discuss the impact the Church has on members' lives, although the conversations are more open and include both positive and negative perspectives. It is a moderated forum.
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Mormons Building Bridges is a great community of those working to stay in the Church and advocate for the LGBTQI members who are also looking for ways to actively participate in a meaningful way. (facebook.com/groups/mormonsbuildingbridges)
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Re: Staylds alternatives?

Post by hawkgrrrl » 13 May 2015, 21:58

Good starter list for those seeking various types of discussions. Thanks!

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