Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2017

Bridgewalker: Spirituality in the Poetry of Linda Sillitoe

This session explores the role of spirituality in the poetry of the presenter’s mother, Linda Sillitoe, as she moved from Mormon to non-Mormon and embraced universal themes in the culture of her birth and others. The main source for interpretation will be her collections “Crazy For Living,” and the forthcoming “Owning The Moon.” Cynthia Sillitoe

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Meaning for All?: Identity Theory and Mormon Elasticity

Drawing on my work as a non-Mormon academic in the social-scientific study of religion, this presentation offers a bio-cultural look at religious identity and the aspects of Mormonism which have supported the conferral of such an identity on its members. I will discuss the neuropsychological as well as sociological ways in which religious identity is …

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How Compassion Can Heal Polygamist Communities

Many fundamentalist communities lack access to resources to adequately deal with abuse. This is largely due to the fact that their communities are already marginalized because of their lifestyle. This panel will discuss how “outsiders” can help heal these communities by bridging the gap of understanding with compassion. Lawrence Barlow Shirlee Draper

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Beyond Savannah

In June, 12-year-old Savannah bore her testimony in her ward., but when she said that she knew God loves her and made her gay, the microphone was shut off and she was told to sit down. This incident, later witnessed over the Internet by millions, is symptomatic of a larger problem within the Mormon church …

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Other Sheep, Indeed

Christ’s “other sheep” are mentioned in the New Testament and Book of Mormon, but remain unidentified. There are important things known to the “other sheep” but still unknown to Mormons. “The least of these” may not be our inferiors, but may be needed to complete Mormonism. Mormonism welcomes all truth, wherever it is found, and …

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Ask a Sex Therapist

Sexuality is commonly a taboo subject and is often relegated to secret or non-existent spaces, especially in religious cultures that have roots in Puritanism. This session will offer an open, safe space for attendees to ask trained professionals questions about sexuality. Natasha Helfer Parker Kristin Marie Bennion

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Infants on Post-Mormon Values

What do values look like after a faith crisis? Without scriptures or prophets or belief in divinity, who is to say what is right and wrong? When the Liahona disappears, what becomes your moral compass? What is the baby? What is the bathwater? The members of the Infants on Thrones podcast will explore these questions …

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