Event: DC Symposium 2003

DO WHAT IS RIGHT: Activism in Today’s World

Whether we choose to stand up for the protection of the environment, human rights, civil rights, or “love of country,” it is a courageous act to become “active” in today’s world. Today’’s activist is no longer just the public extremist or (mostly) long-haired protester we see arrested on the evening news. Today’s activists are just …

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REFLECTIONS ON WAR: Competing Loyalties, Commands, and Impulses

War, perhaps more than any other circumstance, forces us as thoughtful persons to confront important philosophical, ethical, and religious questions. It demands that we recognize our moral outrage over unthinkable crimes and squarely face that part of ourselves that wants to lash out and punish evildoers. For others, the call of Christianity——that we love our …

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DIGITAL RITUAL: The Emergent Digital Identity of the Mormon Church

The biographer Fawn Brodie emphasized Joseph Smith’’s audacity in utilizing a communications technology–—the printing press–—to disseminate a new religious identity: “[He] dared to found a new religion in the age of printing.” After Smith’’s martyrdom in 1844, the Mormon Church continued his technological audacity, progressively adopting the telecommunications technologies of the late nineteenth and early …

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DID MORMON MUMMIES FIND A HOME AT THE CARLOS MUSEUM IN ATLANTA? On the Trail of the Missing Joseph Smith Mummies and Papyri

In 1999, the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta purchased a collection of Egyptian artifacts, including ten coffins and nine mummies, formerly owned by “The Niagara Falls Museum and Daredevil Hall of Fame.” Recent research confirms four of these mummies had apparently been purchased by the Niagara Falls Museum from the Wood’’s Museum in Chicago …

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LDS PRAXIS: Integrating Gospel Teachings with Social Action

This session will demonstrate how many Latter-day Saints are changing the world by fusing core gospel principles with personal acts of humanitarian service. Values such as stewardship, consecration, and sacrifice are having global impacts and empowering the poor. Individuals, families, neighbors, church groups, and businesses are creating new social-purpose ventures to bless those who suffer …

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