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What We Talk About When We Talk About Church Culture

If you have paid any attention to the social zeitgeist in the last few years, you’ve probably heard the word “culture” thrown around. There is work culture, cancel culture, TikTok culture…the list goes on and on. And in recent years the term “church culture” has started to pop up in discussions around The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

This term has a tendency to be ambiguous and vague. It is important to clarify what we mean when we discuss this kind of “culture.” On the whole, the term “church culture” denotes the practices, principles, rules, and ensuing attitudes of the Church and its members. This includes things such as attending church on Sunday, adhering to the law of chastity, guidelines for endowed members, and personal views on subjects like politics or policies. 

However, more and more frequently “church culture” connotes the more negative aspects of these practices, principles, rules, and attitudes. These are the aspects that cause problems and create tension in and around the Church of Jesus Christ. It is crucial to understand these problems. When we know what these problems are and where they lie we gain a better understanding of how to solve them and can bring those in and around the Church closer to Christ. 

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