About Me

Nancy Ross is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department at Dixie State University, where she has been teaching for 13 years. Her degrees are in art history but she moonlights as a sociologist of religion. She recently co-edited a book with Sara K.S. Hanks titled Where We Must Stand: Ten Years…

A Sermon on King Benjamin's Speech (Book of Mormon)

This sermon was given via video conference to the Centre Place Community of Christ congregation in Toronto, Canada on February 16, 2020. This last week, my husband and I have been watching the TV show Good Omens. I don’t know if you are familiar with that but It is about an angel and a demon…

Breath Prayer/Meditation for those experiencing a faith transition

This video was the final project for one of my seminary classes. I just presented it and some of my classmates asked about the photos and the video and how they related to the prayer. I talked about the ways in which faith transitions change relationships and complicate memories of baptisms, weddings, and other religious…

Memes, Hymns, and Healing

A few weeks ago we sang “God, We Gather As Your People” (Community of Christ Sings, hymn 274) during church. It was one of those moments when the words just hit me in an unexpected way and I couldn’t finish singing the song. It is also known as “For All the Children” and here is…

Naming Joy: A cynic’s search for hope

In a recent conversation with my sister, we talked about the many personal struggles we are experiencing and witnessing in others. In our very connected world, the personal difficulties and setbacks we experience feel hard, but set against a backdrop of tragedy in our social networks, local issues, and national issues, it is overwhelming. I…

The Devil’s Gateway

I’m not enthusiastic about the early Christian councils or related heresies, so I decided to write my recently-assigned Christian history essay on a text that is firmly within my wheelhouse: a tract where a Christian man tells women about the sinfulness of their bodies and clothing. Tertullian’s On the Apparel of Women, written during the…

Strawberries and Resurrection

In our last house, we had a large garden with eight raised garden beds. We experimented with lots of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, but not everything we planted could survive the brutal desert summers. We probably planted about 150 strawberry plants during the 8.5 years we lived in that house. Strawberries were almost successful indoors,…

Ministry in Media Culture

One of my classes at Luther Seminary this semester has been Proactive Ministry in Media Culture. Our assignments have included a social media map, a social context assignment, a media awareness assignment, a church website reflection, and a media info journal entry. More recently, we had to make some inspirational memes using photos from our…