Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2012

LDS LATINOS AS A POLITICAL FORCE

“Latino” is an umbrella term covering a diverse group of national, ethnic, and racial backgrounds that collectively accounts for more than one in six Americans. Spread across the political spectrum and operating at every level of government, Latinos cannot be counted on to vote as a bloc, but their collective support can make or break …

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CONFRONTING ROMNEY IN THE STREETS: GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE TO CAPITALISM AND THE MORMON 1%

As US progressives, anarchists, pacifists, queers, feminists, immigrants, and other agitators challenge US empire alongside a revitalized global justice movement, radical Mormons face the challenges and opportunities of pioneering a distinctively Mormon resistance. In this session, we’ll discuss the many kinds of direct action that challenge empire: artwork, riots, dance, strikes, fasting, sabotage, and prayer. …

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IS RELIGION REALLY UNDER SIEGE IN THE US?

What should we make of recent claims that religion is somehow being driven out of the “public square”? What is the public square and what are the legal rules and—equally important—the ethical considerations governing public expression on religious issues? When should individuals, organizations, and businesses have a right to claim an exemption from neutral laws …

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FORCES IN AMERICAN MORMONISM

Part I: Widespread Mormon understanding holds that America—the United States in particular—is populated by a chosen people, governed by an inspired constitution, and possessor of a singular destiny. This belief has drawn attention outside Mormon ranks in light of Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the presidency: Would Mormon notions color a president Romney’s foreign policy? The …

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A MODERN CONCEIT: THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND POLITICS

How should we think about politics and religion? What did the intersection of politics and religion look like in first-century palestine during the time of Jesus and his earliest followers? What about now, in contemporary America? We will contemplate these tricky issues, especially as they relate to president J. Reuben Clark’s searing question, “What has …

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DO GOOD ONLINE FENCES MAKE GOOD LDS NEIGHBORS?

LDS-interest blogspace is divided into many different communities: Mormon feminists, Mormon mommies, Borderlanders (or New Order Mormons), interfaith discussion blogs, Nothing Wavering, Outer Blogness, the core of the Bloggernacle, and probably others. All of these communities overlap and communicate with one another, but they also do various types of boundary- maintenance to decide who’s in …

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