Event: Southwest Symposium 2009

SW09008:

With national attention on the LDS role in the passage of Proposition 8, it is noteworthy that the LDS Church has set a fascinating precedent with its 130-year theological and legal battle to prevent blacks from marrying whites. This prohibition abruptly ended in 1978 with the termination of the priesthood and temple ban against those …

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SW09009: Dual Session Paper 1: A Marginal Moses: A Case Study in Canonicity, Historicity, and Revelation. Paper 2: The Myth of the Missing Book of Abraham Papyrus

Paper 1: “A Marginal Moses: A Case Study in Canonicity, Historicity, and Revelation.” Since its canonization in 1880, most LDS members have viewed the Book of Moses as a restoration of lost truth grounded in historical events. However, converging lines of evidence from Mormon history, the reevaluation of the Joseph smith Translation, and textual criticism …

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SW09010: Panel: The Liahona Children’s Foundation: A Grassroots LDS Humanitarian Project

The Liahona Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization providing basic nutrition and education to needy latter-day saint children in Ecuador and Guatemala, with hopes to expand to other countries. This session will describe the Foundation’s work, the ways in which members of the Sunstone community can participate in its activities, and invites dialogue about methods …

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SW09012: Saturday’s Werewolf: Vestiges of Premortal Romance in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Novels

Within the world of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, a mode of romantic relationship called “imprinting”–instigated by sudden recognition and then lasting eternally–bears a strong similarity to the premortal romance popularized in Mormon literature since the publication of Nephi Anderson’s Added Upon. In basic structure, the premortal romance begins before mortality and drives the lovers to …

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SW09014: Discussion: Developing Personal Spirituality

Sunstone participants are often curious about other religions and find themselves drawn to religious traditions and practices other than their own. This session will explore where our spiritual paths have taken us and what questions we’ve attempted to answer along the way. What led you to spiritual seeking? Have you explored traditions and spiritual beliefs …

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SW09017: It Begins with a Family: A Conversation with Dr. Caitlin Ryan About Families and Homosexuality

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, of San Francisco State University, is a leading authority on the influence of families on their lesbian-gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) children, and on health and mental health issues for LGBT youth. She is the director of the first groundbreaking, comprehensive study of LGBT adolescents and their families, Showing that parents, families, and religious communities …

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SW09018:

NPR’s syndicated show, “This I Believe” features short essays by people from all walks of life who share the core values that ground them. in this session, Sunstone friends use this basic format to speak about ideas within Mormonism or the wider spiritual world that animate their faith journey and help them feel at home …

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