Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2008

Digital Dutch Saints

Digital Dutch Saints This session will explore the digital, progressive, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, ecumenical dialogue facilitated by the English/Dutch Restorations/ Herstellingen weblogs at www.mvgcontact.org/Restorations.htm on the independent Dutch Mormonen voor Vrede en Gerechtigheid (Mormons for Peace and Justice) website. Its two bloggers include a Dutch LDS member living in the U.S. and an American Community of …

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Ecclesia Mortis: Why Are Church Meetings So Boring?

Ecclesia Mortis: Why Are Church Meetings So Boring? Just as parents bring toys and Cheerios to entertain their children at church, I bring the adult equivalent: essays, books, note pads. But why are church meetings so boring? Why don’t they engage? Is it my fault, or is there something more systemic about the dull monotony? …

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Heavenly Mothers: Magick, the Divine Feminine, and Homebirth in the Mormon Community of North America

Heavenly Mothers: Magick, the Divine Feminine, and Homebirth in the Mormon Community of North America Mormons are a distinct community which kept homebirth alive throughout the twentieth century while nearly all other U.S. women were coerced into birthing in hospitals. In this session, I will heuristically explore an interesting commonality within this culture-homebirth and celestial …

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‘My Soul Delighteth in Plainness’

‘My Soul Delighteth in Plainness’ As a non-Mormon, but one who has been very involved in all things Mormon for more than twenty years, I’ve become aware of the difficulties of reconciling various aspects of the Mormon faith. When Nephi states that his ‘soul delighteth in plainness,’ one must wonder just how he defined ‘plainness.’ …

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This I Believe

This I Believe This session is modeled on This I Believe, the 1950’s radio series revived and broadcast on NPR. Participants crystallize an aspect of their core beliefs into a 350–500 word essay. Come hear essays from old and new friends-and we’ll have time during the session for the audience members to begin writing essays …

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The Expression of Spirituality of the Rising Gay Generation

The Expression of Spirituality of the Rising Gay Generation For thirty years, Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons has been the leading advocacy organization for gay Latter-day Saints. Affirmation leaders plan to meet with officials of LDS Family Services to discuss matters of concern to gays and lesbians in the Church. We believe this to be …

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In the News: The Texas/FLDS Raids

In the News: The Texas/FLDS Raids Much of the nation has been fascinated (and many horrified) by recent events in which the Texas Child Protective Services agency, acting on an anonymous tip now seen as dubious in origin, initiated the removal of more than four hundred children from the Yearning for Zion ranch founded by …

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Three Real Dangers to LDS Church Members

Three Real Dangers to LDS Church Members This session discusses three real dangers for LDS Church members: certainty, literalism, unwavering obedience to leaders. Certainty discourages inquiry. Literalism creates an atmosphere of skeptical rejection of many figurative, symbolic, or metaphorically rich possibilities-and this, in turn can lead to mistaken application of scriptural texts. Unwavering obedience to …

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The New God Argument

The New God Argument In this session, we will present The New God Argument. Most philosophical arguments for God’s existence have been aimed at justifying traditional Christian theology. However, Mormon theology, particularly as advocated by Joseph Smith near the end of his life, diverges from tradition to posit emergent gods that organize worlds from existing …

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