Event: Kirtland Symposium 2014

Looking Past the Prophet to Re-envision Early Mormon History

Since 1948, when Fawn Brodie’s No Man Knows My History made Joseph Smith’s story the central element in academic accounts of Mormon beginnings, both LDS and non-Mormon authors have described LDS beginnings as a new religious movement (NRM) with a charismatic leader. In this address, Jan Shipps will return to the Kirtland part of the …

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Mormons, Unitarians, the Community of Christ, and Intern

Jessica Kimball spent her first summer away from her Utah home as a history intern for the Community of Christ in historic Nauvoo, Illinois. Self-identifying as a Unitarian, spending a whole summer living in a historic home, offering tours to mostly Utah Mormons through the Joseph Smith family properties and the Red Brick Store was …

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She Said/He said: Examining Women’s Ordination

We’ve assembled a panel of women and men to engage the question of women’s ordination in Mormonism. What are the benefits of women’s ordination as each side sees them? What are the hurdles? Are the biggest obstacles theological or social in nature? Where does your opinion fall on the spectrum? Christy Ellis-Clegg, Aaron Taylor, Michael …

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Exploring the Gospel Topics Essays on LDS.org

In 2013, the Church began posting a series of essays on LDS.org on various Gospel Topics as a way to more fully explore aspects of Church history and cultural issues. Panelists will explore what impact these essays are having. What role do these documents serve? Who is their intended audience and are they reaching it? …

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