Upcoming Symposiums and Events

 


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2013 Sunstone Symposiums & Events

 

To see general guidelines for submitting a presentation for consideration, click here.

 

 

 

Christ Conference

Saturday 28 December 2013

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Salt Lake City Main Library  210 East 400 South

4th floor conference room*

* Seating is limited so we strongly encourage attendees to pre-register before noon on December 27, 2013.
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 Click here to see a preliminary schedule!

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Pre-registration

 

Full registration – $25

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Student registration (with ID) – $15

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 Restoration Studies Symposium/Sunstone Midwest

Of One Heart and Mind: Common Consent in the Restoration Traditions

January 31-February 2, 2014 Independence, MO

Graceland University Campus

Click here to see the preliminary agenda:
https://classic.regonline.com/custImages/350000/358722/RSSPreliminaryAgenda121613.pdf

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Pre-registration is open through January 27, 2014:
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1322199

Registration Fee:
$55 per person until January 20th
$65 January 20th or after

Registration closes Tuesday, January 27th at 5:00 PM CST

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January 31-February 2, 2014     Restoration Studies Symposium/Sunstone Midwest

Join us in Independence, Missouri for Restoration Studies Symposium, where we will explore the theme, “Of One Heart and Mind: Common Consent in the Restoration Traditions.”

Click here to pre-register for the conference.

Recently, Community of Christ has experimented with new ways of conducting the business of World and National Conferences. Historically, how have decisions been made in the various churches descending from the movement led by Joseph Smith, Jr.? How has “common consent been variously understood and practiced? What are the implications of future trends for the processes of deliberation shaping policies and theologies of authority?

Sponsored by JWHA, theCommunity of Christ Seminary and Sunstone

 

http://www.johnwhitmerhistoricalassociation.org/rss

Friday December 6, 2013 – Sunstone Christmas Party! 6:30-9:30 pm , Salt Lake City

Join us for the annual Sunstone Christmas Party! We’ll provide entertainment, opportunity drawings, nibbles and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and a festive spirit!

 

Saturday December 28, 2013  – Sunstone’s Christ Conference
Discovering Christ: Matters of the Intellect and Heart

Join us for our second annual Christ Conference at the Salt Lake City Main Library 201 E 400 South, 4th floor meeting room 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

We’re using the Christmas season as a springboard for an in-depth look at Jesus Christ, his teachings, his guidance, his example of authentic, engaged, Christian living. Join us for a day of sacred music, insightful panel discussions, and a lunchtime keynote address.

Registration information coming soon!

 

2014 Symposiums and Events

 

January 31-February 2, 2014     Restoration Studies Symposium/Sunstone Midwest

Join us in Independence, Missouri for Restoration Studies Symposium, where we will explore the theme, “Of One Heart and Mind: Common Consent in the Restoration Traditions.”

Click here to pre-register for the conference.

Recently, Community of Christ has experimented with new ways of conducting the business of World and National Conferences. Historically, how have decisions been made in the various churches descending from the movement led by Joseph Smith, Jr.? How has “common consent been variously understood and practiced? What are the implications of future trends for the processes of deliberation shaping policies and theologies of authority?

We want you to share your ideas with us next year on this topic or on any aspect of theology,cultural, and religious studies.

Send your one-page proposals for papers or panels along with a brief bio to the program committee co-chairs William Russell, Steven Shields, Don Compier, and Mary Ellen Robertson via e-mail: rss2014@yahoo.com.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013, so act now!

Sponsored by JWHA, theCommunity of Christ Seminary and Sunstone

 

http://www.johnwhitmerhistoricalassociation.org/rss

 

 July 30-Aug 2, 2014 — Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

The annual Salt Lake Symposium will be July 30-August 2, 2014 at the University of Utah Olpin Student Union Building.

Call for papers coming soon!

 

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October 15, 2013      Call for Papers deadline for 2014 Restoration Studies Symposium

We will explore the theme, “Of One Heart and Mind: Common Consent in the Restoration Traditions.” Click here for more information about the theme and submitting a proposal.

We want you to share your ideas with us next year on this topic or on any aspect of theology, cultural, and religious studies.  Send your one-page proposals for papers or panels along with a brief bio to the program committee co-chairs William Russell, Steven Shields, Don Compier, and Mary Ellen Robertson via e-mail: rss2014@yahoo.com.

Sponsored by John Whitmer Historical Association, the Community of Christ Seminary, and Sunstone

 

October 19, 2013      Brigham’s Butter Run, Salt Lake City

Join us for Sunstone’s first annual 5K at 8:00 am Saturday October 19, 2013 at This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.  Registration and more information here: https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/5k/

 

Parking Alert:

The entrance on Ballif Road is closed due to construction. You can still get to Lot 24 by taking Mario Cepecchi Drive to Wasatch Drive at the entrance of the first lot (though this is Lot 25, so don’t park here) and then another sign further down at the entrance of Lot 24 Parking here is FREE Wednesday – Saturday.

prelim-first-page2013 Salt Lake Symposium  July 31- August 3, 2013

University of Utah Student Union

200 S. Central Campus Drive, SLC UT 84112, 801.581.5888

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Single session tickets will be available for purchase on site.

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2013 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium Final Program

 

 

Sunstone’s opening lecture, “Families Are Forever…And For Now” is Wednesday 31 July at 8:00 pm in the University of Utah’s student union Saltair room.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

 

Sorry–pre-registration is now closed.

You can register onsite for Wednesday workshops, the full symposium, one day passes, or purchase single session tickets for daytime and evening sessions.

 

There will be a very limited number of Saturday banquet tickets and Saturday box lunches available for purchase onsite. Ask about availability at the registration desk.

 

 

Single session tickets will be available for purchase on site.

 

Onsite registration prices:

 

$95        Full Advance Registration

 

$85         Full Advance Registration for Print Sunstone Subscribers

 

$75           Full Registration for First Time Attendees/Independent scholars

 

$30         Student Full Registration with current ID (Price with $10 discount applied).

                 Student registration does not include workshops or banquet.

 

$40            One Day Registration – THURSDAY Aug 1

$40            One Day Registration – FRIDAY Aug 2

$40            One Day Registration – SATURDAY Aug 3

 

$30            Saturday Roadshows & Banquet (if available)

 

$13             Box Lunch–Saturday 3 August ONLY (if available)

 

 

Wednesday Workshops (31 July) 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

$25               One morning OR one afternoon workshop

$40               Full day workshop

$40               Morning + Afternoon Workshop Combos

 

–Single session tickets will be available for purchase onsite $8 for a daytime session and $9 for evening plenary sessions Thursday and Friday.

 

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Parking at the University of Utah Campus

Sunstone has reserved Lot 24 for Symposium attendees; parking here is FREE to Sunstone attendees on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the symposium. Lot 24 is southeast of the Tanner Humanities Building (CTIHB) and opens onto Wasatch Drive. Take North Campus Drive or Mario Capecchi Drive to Wasatch Drive. Lot 24 has two entrances—one before you get to the McCarthy Track & Field Complex (you’ll drive through Lot 25 to get to Lot 24) and a second entrance at Ballif Road just past the McCarthy Track & Field Complex.

Campus police will be ticketing on weekdays, so please make sure you park in reserved Lot 24.  On Saturday ONLY, parking in other campus parking lots is free (except the visitors lot).

Click here to see a parking lot MAP.

Attendees may pay to park in the Visitors Lot directly east of the Union building. This lot charges by the hour with a maximum of $10 per day. It is the closest lot to the Union and has designated handicapped parking spaces (handicapped parking is free with placard).

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Lodging Options

This year’s Salt Lake Symposium dates are up against the large Outdoor Retailers Convention in Salt Lake City. We encourage Symposium attendees to book lodging ASAP, as there is very limited hotel room availability and significantly higher prices when OR is in town.

A block of rooms has been reserved for Sunstone attendees at the Country Inns & Suites located at 999 North 500 West in Bountiful, UT.  Click here to see the reservation web page for Sunstone’s block of rooms: http://www.countryinns.com/sunstoneedu

The rooms in the Sunstone block are $119/night (plus 11.85% tax per room per night). The block has Double Queen rooms and King Suites with a sofa bed. Room amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, complimentary wireless internet, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, and ironing board.

The hotel offers complimentary high speed Internet, continental breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, and a free shuttle to and from the Salt Lake Airport.

To book a room in the Sunstone block, call 1-801-292-8100 or 1-800-456-4000 and mention the Sunstone rate. The $119/night + tax rate is available July 31-August 4, 2013. http://www.countryinns.com/bountiful-hotel-ut-84010/utwestb

The cut off date to reserve rooms in the Sunstone block is  July 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Reservations made after the cut off date will be based on room availability. Given the hotel’s proximity to Salt Lake, rooms are likely to sell out; please plan ahead regarding lodging!

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*The Country Inn & Suites Hotel Bountiful, Utah features a complimentary shuttle to and from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. (Must be pre-arranged.)

 

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Click here to see the updated Preliminary Program  (July 6, 2013)

 

Read the 2013 Preliminary Program here! (printed version)

 

 

Theme: MORMON BODIES: LITERAL, METAPHORICAL, DOCTRINAL

Deadline for first-round consideration: Extended to 17 April 2013

Click here to see the Call for Papers and a description of the 2013 theme.

We especially encourage proposals that focus on this year’s theme: MORMON BODIES: LITERAL, METAPHORICAL, DOCTRINAL.
One of Mormonism’s most distinctive attributes is the emphasis on embodiment, which is not merely a condition of mortality but a crucial step in the journey to become like god, who “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&c 130:22). Bodies are a primary way we learn about the world, a source of pleasure and temptation, something to be both enjoyed and tamed. How do LDS ideas about sex, sin, illness, food, pleasure, procreation, disability, parenthood, gender, and godhood affect our experiences of our bodies? How do doctrines of embodiment affect the way Latter-day Saints think, feel, and discuss their bodies?

Jesus had a mortal body, but we don’t talk about its suffering, preferring to dwell on his resurrected form. Heavenly Mother has a body, but we are discouraged from talking about hers. The bodiless Holy Ghost is constantly making our bosoms burn, or calling tears to our eyes, or standing us up and walking us to the podium during testimony meeting.

What metaphors are hidden in our obsession with bodies? How does our bodily approach to the world both expand and constrain our view of the divine? What is the relationship between spirit and body (is it only the body that must be tamed)? What paradoxes does our view of bodies force us to live in?

Furthermore, the “body of Christ” is a metaphor for the Church, but Mormons avoid emphasizing the literal body of Christ. Why are some literal bodies more important than others? Which bodies matter most?

Mormonism also encompasses many different collective bodies: various traditions tracing their roots back to Joseph Smith, and various governing bodies overseeing different communities or texts or enterprises. Finally, in its relatively short history, Mormonism has produced a remarkably rich and diverse body of thought and scripture. How do all these Mormon bodies collide against, control, nurture, or support one another?

We also welcome reflections on other topics and their intersection with Mormonism, as well as studies of historical and contemporary events and figures, news in the Mormon world, online communities, theological explorations, and Mormon cultural studies.

 

 Upcoming Events:

 

October 19, 2013  Our first 5K–Brigham’s Butter Run! Registration for this event will open soon.

December 6, 2013  Sunstone Christmas Party!

Save the date for our annual Sunstone Christmas party! We continue the tradition of a silent auction and drawings for fabulous goodies. If you’re connected with a local business, service organization, or publication, please consider donating items (gift cards, merchandise, art, books, subscriptions, etc.) to the silent auction.

We’ll provide the red punch and appetizers. If you can, please bring savory or sweet goodies to share–or come early and help us decorate the office before the festivities begin at 6:30 pm.

December 28, 2013  Our second annual Christ Conference

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Past Symposiums

For complete details on past symposiums, visit our Past Symposiums page.

 

 

Christ Conference

Saturday 29 December 2012

9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Salt Lake City Main Library  210 East 400 South

4th floor conference room*

* Seating is limited so we strongly encourage attendees to pre-register by December 27, 2012.

Click here to see the Christ Conference Final Program.

 

Online pre-registration for the Christ Conference has CLOSED.

You may register on site at the conference starting at 9:00 am Saturday 29 December 2012. Onsite registration is $30 for the full day, $20 for students with current ID, and $10 each for single-session tickets.

 

 

We did not receive enough box lunch orders to meet the caterer’s minimum. If you ordered a box lunch, we will issue a refund and direct you to nearby eateries. So sorry for the inconvenience!

 

 

 

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Sunstone Christmas Party Friday 7 December 2012 at 6:30 pm

Save the date for our annual Sunstone Christmas party! We continue the tradition of a silent auction and drawings for fabulous goodies. If you’re connected with a local business, service organization, or publication, please consider donating items (gift cards, merchandise, art, books, subscriptions, etc.) to the silent auction.

We’ll provide the red punch and appetizers. If you can, please bring savory or sweet goodies to share–or come early and help us decorate the office before the festivities begin at 6:30 pm.

 

Sunstone Northwest 2012

We will not have a Sunstone Northwest Symposium this fall, however we hope to return to the Pacific Northwest in future years. Click here to see a letter from Symposium Director Mary Ellen Robertson about this change of plans.

We count on local volunteer help to make regional symposiums happen. If you live near Seattle, WA or Portland, OR and are interested in helping plan a future Sunstone Northwest event, please contact Mary Ellen by April 2013.

2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

July 25-28, 2012

At the University of Utah’s Olpin Student Union
200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City 84112
Click here to see the final Sunstone Symposium program in booklet form.

 

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Sunstone Kirtland March 10-11, 2012

Click here to see an UPDATED Sunstone Kirtland Symposium schedule as of 3-7-12.
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Sunstone West February 3-4, 2012, Claremont, CA

Click here to see the FINAL Program!

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Audio-only version of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture

Click this link for the audio only and video versions (via iTunes) of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture, “Stirring Up LDS History.” Click on the AUDIO tab and scroll down to select and listen to the audio version. Click on the VIDEO tab to watch the video recorded at the lecture December 11, 2011.
Our warmest thanks to our speaker, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and to the folks at the University of Utah, especially Friends of the Library, Special Collections, and Marriott Library Media Services for providing the meeting space and for making this lecture available in several audio and video formats.

Streaming video from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture

Click here for the link to the Marriott Library’s video stream of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s December 11 lecture, “Stirring Up LDS History.”

This event was co-sponsored by Sunstone Education Foundation and Friends of the Library.

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