An Apology

Last summer, Faith and Brian Kershisnik visited our Miller Eccles Study Group in Texas. For me, the most striking part of their presentation turned on Faith’s discussion of “moral creativity,” drawing on examples from the life of Jesus and the work of Walter Wink.

A few months ago I gave a talk at BYU drawing on these themes and misattributed those ideas to Brian rather than Faith. My mistake is especially ironic given that a significant portion of my talk called for Mormons to defend the family by defending women from misogyny in its many forms, both obvious and subtle.

My mistake is a decent example of the kind of implicit, systemic bias—the kind of bias that overlooks and undervalues the contributions of women—that I meant to speak out against. I was in a hurry and, without it giving it much thought, I just automatically attributed the presentation as a whole to Brian.

We have to do better.

I have to do better.

I’ve asked for a correction to be added to the text accompanying the video. And I hope that, beyond my personal apology to Faith, this post and that official correction will help make things right.


  1. The most important aspect of any mistake is to be able to recognized it.
    Just by doing that, the negative energy changes.

  2. The acknowledgement shows “moral creativity”. I will study this talk over and over again. Thank you.

  3. Thank, Adam. Your honesty and conscience are exemplary.

  4. Correction has been added to the video description, Adam. Faith is awesome. Had a great conversation with her a few weeks ago when I was at the studio shooting some video about the Maxwell Institute’s Book of Mormon project.

  5. Awkward

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