2021 in Review

January 12, 2022

During 2021, the Dialogue Foundation published four issues of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, continued to produce Dialogue Gospel Study, and produced the Dialogue Topics Podcast.

Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

Our Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter issues contain cutting edge scholarship on topics like Mormonism and Indigeneity, the history of Joseph Smith, and queer bodies. This year we published 18 articles, 9 personal voices essays, 7 fiction pieces, 17 poems, 33 reviews, 2 sermons, and 2 roundtables. 

12 Most-Read Content Published in 2021

  1. M. David Huston, “The Theological Trajectory of ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World,’” Spring 2021
  2. Roni Jo Draper, “I Am Giving Columbus No More of My Time,” Summer 2021
  3. Cristina Rosetti, “Praise to the Man: The Development of Joseph Smith Deification in Woolleyite Mormonism, 1929–1977,” Fall 2021
  4. Monika Brown Crowfoot, “The Lamanite Dilemma: Mormonism and Indigeneity,” Summer 2021
  5. Taylor G. Petrey, “After a Post-Hetersoexual Mormon Theology: A Ten-Year Retrospective,” Winter 2021
  6. Alexandria Griffin, “Queer Mormon Histories and the Politics of a Usable Past,” Spring 2021
  7. Madison S. Harris, “Religious Extremism and Conspiracy: A Student’s Observation,” March 20, 2021
  8. Roundtable: “Latter-day Saint Indigenous Perspectives on Columbus Introduction,” Summer 2021
  9. T Boyd “Fear, Faith, and Other F-Words,” Winter 2021
  10. Farina King, “The Complications of Columbus and Indigenous Identity at BYU,” Summer 2021
  11. John Gustav-Wrathall, “Excommunication and Finding Wholeness,” Spring 2021
  12. Bryant Skeen Thompson, “The Joy and Burden of Serving as Bishop: An Open Letter to Bishops,” Fall 2021

With art from Marlena Marie Wilding, Kwani Winder, Ron Richmond, Bruce Hixson Smith, and Frank McEntire, each issue is worth obtaining a physical copy for your hot chocolate table (subscribe today to receive all 2022 issues in your mailbox). 

Each issue is now available in PDF, ePub, and HTML on our website, and we hope to continue to provide accessible scholarship that engages with faith and community in the years to come.

Dialogue Events

In 2020, the Dialogue Foundation began running online events. 2021 continued this practice, with an entire series of Dialogue Gospel Studies on the Doctrine and Covenants produced throughout the year. Every episode is uploaded on our YouTube page and available through our podcast feeds (Apple, Spotify). 

Dialogue also began a new series of events called “Dialogue in Review.” These quarterly events provide further engagement with authors and thinkers we publish as they reflect on their work in the pages of Dialogue. Our first event, Mormonism and Indigeneity, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube.

If you want to be notified when a recording goes live (or other video production), subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Dialogue Podcasts

Our Dialogue Topics pages curate various articles throughout the history of Dialogue that have been published on a certain topic. From LGBTQ+ topics to the First Vision to temples to feminism, these pages provide the wealth of scholarship that’s been produced in the pages of Dialogue.

This year, our editor Taylor Petrey did a closer look at these pages with the Dialogue Topics Podcast series, which covered some of the history and scholarly trajectory of these topics.

Many of these episodes can also be enjoyed on our YouTube channel.

Dialogue Book Report

The award-winning Dialogue Book Report, which reviews and discusses various books published within Mormon letters, also released episodes on 

Dialogue Out Loud

Dialogue Out Loud produces various fiction and personal voice essays from the pages of the journal in stunning audio format. 

Looking Forward: 2022

In 2022, we will continue to run Dialogue Gospel Study on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. This year, we will be covering the Old Testament, following the Come, Follow Me curriculum. We have changed the time of Gospel Studies to 11:30 a.m. Mountain. If you aren’t able to make it to the live version, a recording of the session is usually uploaded to our YouTube channel and podcast feeds by Monday night (just in time for Family Home Evening!).

For podcasts, we will be producing Book Reports and Out Louds, along with a new endeavor called Dialogue Courses, which will include a 10-part class on the Old Testament taught by Taylor Petrey.

Sustaining Dialogue

The Dialogue Foundation and DIalogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, along with the intrepid and dynamic podcasts and media we produce, are funded through generous donations by our readers. If you would like to help sustain Dialogue, learn about our fundraising campaign and consider subscribing today.