Tag: Sunstone Talk

The Banality of Progress

This presentation will: 1. Think through the complex and conflicting trifecta of identity, politics, and activism. 2. Help to shed some misconceptions about identity so that we can more effectively fight against injustice. Mehrsa Baradaran

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Continuity and Change in Temple Worship

The history of LDS temple theology and practice has undergone three distinct phases: 1) “Development.” From 1836–1917 temple theology and practice evolved and became standardized. 2) “Stability, Maturity, and Expansion.” From 1919–1975 a consistent temple theology and practice was integrated into LDS culture worldwide. 3) “Revision and Change.” From 1975–Present major changes in temple practice …

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They, Them, Their: Seeing God on the Spectrum

Much of the world has created God to fit into a binary concept of gender—either male or female. This session explores how God could present across the gender spectrum, displaying traits such as being nurturing, life-giving, strong, compassionate, weeping, and the qualities of the priesthood described in Section 121. Could focusing on the qualities we …

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Beauty (A Devotional)

Beauty may not, as Dostoevky claimed, “save the world,” but without it, neither salvation nor the world is complete. Why has God planted in the human soul a need for beauty? One reason is that, as Emerson said, “beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament.” As such, it deepens and refreshes us, making it possible for …

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Bob’s Mormon Cred Scale 2.0

How much Mormon cred do you have? That is, how much of the end-to-end Mormon experience have you participated in? Bob Caswell, of the Infants on Thrones podcast, derived a Mormon cred scale back in 2014 through which he attempted to quantify anyone’s Mormon credibility by having them answer a series of questions. Thousands of …

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Integrating the Opposites: Ethical Guidelines for Helping faith-based people who are sexually and/or gender diverse

Intense inner conflict and strained relationships often occur for sexually and/or gender diverse Mormons who are trying to reconcile their sexuality and/or gender identity with their faith. Policies and practices for understanding their concerns have been deeply polarized for decades. The Reconciliation and Growth Project (RGP), a group of 11 mental-health professionals and academics from …

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