Event: Southwest Symposium 2003

DISCUSSION: FATIGUE IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

Many long-time Mormon feminists are tired. Some say we’ve lost ground over the years and are discouraged. Come join in a guided discussion/strategy meeting to discuss Mormon feminism, the issues we explore, and what we can do to rejuvenate. Some questions to start the discussion: • What issues still engage us? • What issues move …

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THE CHURCH’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF RACE: New Perspectives

A re-visitation of the 1978 Black Revelation from new and different perspectives. The presenters, co-editors of a forthcoming volume, Blacks and Mormons: Race in in American Church, will consider events and circumstances surrounding the revelation within the context of the Church’s “unfinished business of race.” What conditions brought about the revelation? How have Latter-day Saints …

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101 REASONS TO AVOID THE OMNIS

Christian theology pays significant obeisance to the idea of God as omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omnific. Some Mormon thinkers have begun to endorse this idea, but there are many important reasons to avoid inconsistencies in these claims. David H. Bailey, Kim McCall

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WILL THE REAL LAMANITES PLEASE STAND UP?

In a book just off the press, Armand Mauss traces the changing definitions and understandings of the term “Lamanite” across Mormon history and explains why such changes have occurred, not only with regard to Lamanites but also in reference to black Africans, Jews, Anglo-Ephraimites, and Israelites in general. These changes make for a fascinating study …

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A BIOGRAPHER’S BURDEN: DECONSTRUCTING ROBERT REMINI’S JOSEPH SMITH AND WILL BAGLEY’S BRIGHAM YOUNG

Two recent books, Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini, and Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley, each present fresh, illuminating insights into their subjects. But each work also suffers from significan’t shortcomings that illuminate what I call “the biographer’s burden,” the responsibility to treat personalities, motivations, …

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PEACE PROSPECTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Join two of Mormonism’s most experienced foreign policy analysts and dedicated peacemakers for a wide-ranging discussion of recent events in the Middle East, especially those related to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. What is happening today? How is the U.S.-led war with Iraq affecting the entire region? What are the biggest stumbling blocks to lasting peace? …

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