Times & Seasons is happy to introduce our newest guest blogger, Rana Lehr-Lehnardt.
Rana is a mother of three who just finished up her first semester teaching at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School. After spending several years in the D. C. area, Rana and her family are adjusting to life in Liberty, Missouri where her husband, Mark, has established a corporate and international trade practice.
Before finding her way to the University of Missouri, Rana attended law school at BYU, clerked on the Tenth Circuit for Judge Terrence O’Brien, earned an L.L.M. from Columbia Law School, worked at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, and served as the legal adviser for the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.
In her Missouri ward, Rana is in the YW presidency where she encourages the young women to question openly, think critically, and search diligently.
Please give Rana a warm and hearty T&S welcome.
Welcome Rana! Pretty impressive law background I must say.
Be sure to let us know what it’s like to live at ground zero for Mormondom. What I find most interesting when I visit your area is meeting folks who belong to obscure churches that are off shoots of LDS. I had no idea “primitive” Mormon churches even existed until I moved to Missouri.
During our first year in MO we were shocked to find out our town has a yearly 5K foot race called the Parley P Pratt run. Non-members don’t care about the history of the race, members run to remember Parley P Pratt having to run for his life to escape murderous mobs. For a nominal fee you can buy a commemorative T-Shirt. Huge fun times in Missouri.
Welcome Rana. I very much look forward to your posts.
Welcome to the forum, Rana. How is it that guest bloggers always seem to be four times as interesting as the perms?
So true, Dave, so true.
Rana and Mark are both great individuals; I look forward to her contributions here.
Welcome, Rana. I’m probably not the only one hoping to hear a little bit about your stint with the ACLU.
I was stationed in Omaha for five years with Strategic Air Command and got down to western Missouri several times a year from 1984-1989, when the RLDS Church was still identifying itself as the true heir of Joseph Smith’s legacy. I would be interested in reading your observations of the Community of Christ.
What was your emphasis in the LLM program at Columbia? Your connection with Columbia, human rights and religious freedom reminds me that Mike Young, currently prez at the U of U, was a professor at Columbia for a while and got involved in international religious freedom issues before he became dean at George Washington University Law School.
Welcome – not just to this blog, but to MONTH.
Predictive text FAIL.
I think I know this Mark Lehnhardt fellow that’s been mentioned …
I haven’t read T&S in a while but now that Rana is posting I will have to come back more often! (My husband Matt, who is a more regular reader, showed me this last night) Looking forward to your posts, Rana. Questioning openly, thinking critically, and searching diligently are all things I have observed you to be pretty good at yourself. (apologies for that awkward sentence.)
Nice choice of bloggers, T&S.
Wow, a lawyer in the bloggernacle…whodathunkit?!