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2014

salt lake symposium July 30-August 2

BRIDGESC O V E R AND BYWAYS TRAVERSING THE MORMON LANDSCAPE

University of Utah Olpin Student Union OFFICIAL PROGRAM

200 S. Central Campus Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801.581.5888


I N D E X O F PA R T I C I PA N T S

GUIDE TO NUMBERING: WORKSHOPS = W, WEDNESDAY = 000’S, THURSDAY = 100’S, FRIDAY = 200’S, SATURDAY = 300’S ALLEN, J. 323 ALLEN, KIMBALL 354 ALLRED, JANICE 121, 272, 336 ALSTON, BOOKER T. 212 ANDERSON, JARED 371 ANDERSON, LAVINA FIELDING 324 ANDERSON, SETH 114, 131 ARCHIBALD, CHELSI 121, 213 ARRINGTON, JAMES 165 ASHWORTH, JENN 273 ASTLE, RANDY 115, 125, 135, 155, 165, 215, 255, 266, 316, 326, 333, 356, 366 ATTIA, MIRIAM 363 BAGLEY, WILL 151, 372 BARKER, PAUL 254 BARNES, S. MARK 171 BARRUS, CLAIR 365 BASQUIAT, JENNIFER HUSS 271 BATES-PYNE, JESSA 172 BENDER, JACOB 132 BENINGTON, BRIAN 212 BERNHARD, TORBEN 326 BLACK, KRISTEEN 112, 253 BOERIO-GOATES, JULIANA 375 BOLANDER, ALISA 272 BOXER, ELISE 151 BRADFORD, CHRISTOPHER 124 BRADSHAW, WILLIAM S. 254 BRAY, CARYS 273 BRONSON, SCOTT 381 BROWN, HILARY 154, 374 BRUNO, CHERYL L. 252 BURKMAN, LORI 211, 253 BURLINGAME, SARA 136 BURT, DOREE 332 BURTON, D. JEFF 154 BUSHMAN, RICHARD 313 BUTTERWORTH, LISA W-7, 333 CALDERWOOD, CARSON 224, 253 CARDON, JARED 366 CARTER, STEPHEN 132, 171, 181, 255, 265, 273, 333 CARTWRIGHT, AMY 251 CHENEY, BROCK 273 CHOU, TIMMY 372 COMPTON, LAURA 113, 161, 181, 223 COMPTON, TODD 151 CONNELL, ALICIA 153 CORNWALL, MARIE 375 CROSSON, LAURIN 323 CZERNY, PETER 356 DANZIG, MARY 225 DANZIG, PETER 225 DARGER, JOE 271 DAVIS-HENDERSON, KATIE 212, 312 DAY, TERENCE L. 264, 274 DIAZ, FR. MARTIN 134 DRIGGS, KEN 325, 363 DUTCHER, AUDREY ROCK 211 DUTCHER, RICHARD 211, 266 EASTMAN, ALAN 091, 161, 281, 315 EASTMAN, VICKIE 161, 315

EDMUNDS, TRESA W-7, 122, 162, 172, 274, 336 EHRBAR, HANS 153 ERICSON, LOYD 314 FINLAYSON-FIFE, JENNIFER 231, 334 FISHER, ADAM 312, 373 FLORENCE, ALEX W-5 GEORGE, CARLENE W-6, 201, 324 GIBBS, LINDA JONES 263 GILBERT, CATHLEEN 351 GOODFELLOW, PAULA 152, 171, 211, 225, 325 GRAMES, CONAN W-6 GUSTAV-WRATHALL, JOHN 281 HALES, BRIAN C. 252 HALL, REV. MONICA 362 HAMER, JOHN 134, 173, 223 HAMILTON, ANDREW, 262 HANCOCK, HOLLIE W-5 HANKS, MAXINE 321 HANKS, SARA K.S. W-2, 173 HANNA, CHRIS 363 HANSEN, LISA TENSMEYER 274 HANSEN, NADINE 213, 271 HATCH, JOHN 181, 333 HAYWARD, ED 326 HAYWARD, KEIKO 326 HELLER, RACHEL W-5 HENDRIX-KOMOTO, AMANDA 123 HICKMAN, AIMEE 375 HOMER, JOHN W-6 HOMER, SARA W-6 HOOLE, ROGER 325 HOWARD, COREY 332 HYER, TRAVIS 381 JARRETT, JULIA 172 JEFFRY, DUANE E. 254 JENNINGS, DUANE 374 JENSEN, JOE 224 JENSON, DEBRA 251, 375 JOHNSON, FLIP 324 JOHNSON, HILARY 222, 321 JONES III, EDWARD 272, 323 JUDD, KATRINE 264, 322, 334, 355 KELLY, JIM 171 KELLY, KATE 336, 352 KIMBALL, PAGE 133 KIRSTEN 364 KISSELL, BRIAN 111, 154, 314 KLEIN, AMANDA KAY 136 KNOWLTON, DAVID 112 KOHLER, LAURA 124 LANGSTON, KATIE 162, 173, 201, 275, 301, 362 LARSEN, JOHN 352, 371 LARSON, GLEN SOREN, JR. 164 LEE, DEREK 331 LINKHART, ROBIN 173, 275, 375 LONG, MERRILL 163 LUND, LAURA LEE 373

MADSON, RON 372 MARKHAM, TY 153 MARQUARDT, H. MICHAEL 131, 141, 262 MARSH, BLAKE 371 MARSHALL, JAN 154 MAYNE, MITCH 231, 354 MCCALL, KIM 091, 281 MCGEE, BILL 265 MENLOVE, FRANCES 141 MIKESELL, SUSAN DORTSCH 332 MILES, CARRIE 311 MILNE, SUSAN DAVIS 381 MINCH, MICHAEL 275 MOLLENHAUER, WHITNEY F. 123, 253, 311 MONTGOMERY, WENDY WILLIAMS 112, 163, 231 MOORE, JULIE HARTLEY 134 MORROW, JENNY 274 MOULTON, JEFFREY W-3, W-6 MUNSON, ERIKA 332 MURPHY, JIM 181, 265, 381 NEWELL, LINDA KING 131 NIBLEY, ALEX 356 NICKOLAISEN, MICAH 211, 253, 263, 313, 335 NIKOPOULOS, GEORGE W-6 OGDEN, T. HEATH 254 OLSEN, CHANTELLE SQUIRES 135 OSMOND, RUSSELL W-3, 213, 231 PARK, LINDSAY HANSEN W-7, 136, 151, 265, 275, 331, 352, 371 PARK, SHERRI 332 PARKER, NATASHA HELFER 334, 373 PAUNI, VILIAMI 155 PAYNE, SETH 314 PEFFER, ANNE MCMULLIN 332 PENFOLD, CURTIS 364 PETERSEN, BOYD JAY 222, 231, 356 PETERSON, JANEANNE 161 PIERCE, LORI LEVAR 164, 372 PIKE, SARAH ZOE 321 POLLY 271 POOL, JERILYN HASSELL W-7, 132, 152, 331, 352 POTTER, DENNIS 223, 355 QUINN, D. MICHAEL 123, 174, 322 RADKE-MOSS, ANDREA 375 RAYMOND , ASHLEY 361 RAYNES, MARYBETH W-6 RAYNES, MEGHAN 274 REED, MICHAEL G. 214, 313 REES, ROBERT A. 111, 153, 161, 213, 301, 353, 374 RILEY, CATERINA 364 RILEY, CRISTINA 364 RIRIE, JANICE 324 RO, BRANDON 122 ROBERTS, ALICE FISHER W-7 ROBERTS, ALLEN 181 ROBERTSON, MARY ELLEN 091, 174, 181, 265

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ROSS, NANCY 251, 263, 336 RUSSELL, REED 262 RUSSELL, WILLIAM D. 113, 133, 353, 362 SAMUELSEN, ERIC 381 SARRE, RICK 353 SCHMALZ, MATHEW N. 091 SCHMID, MURIEL 134 SCHMIDT, ROY 214 SCHURTZ, ERIN ELTON 366 SCOTT, CRYSTAL 126, 164, 261, 365 SHEPARD, WILLIAM 131, 141, 262 SHEPHERD, GARY 181, 252, 375 SHEPHERD, GORDON 375 SHEPP, STAN 271 SHIELDS, STEVEN L. 154 SHIRTS, KATHRYN 281 SILLITO, JOHN 241 SILLITOE, CYNTHIA 241 SINEAD 364 SNUFFER, DENVER 351 SMITH, BRYANT 261 SMITH, CHRISTOPHER C. 361 SMYTH, KAREN 322 SPRIGGS, ANDREW 331 SPROAT, ETHAN 132 STAKER, SUSAN 181, 222 STEADMAN, RITCHIE 324 STEVENS, MICHAEL J. W-1, 142, 171, 224, 265, 341, 372 STEVENSON, RUSSELL 136 STONE, MICHELLE 162 STRAYER, CHELSEA SHIELDS 251, 355 TABRIZI, SHAWN 355 TIJERINO-ABE, MARINA 172 TOSCANO, MARGARET 134, 272, 336 TOSCANO, PAUL 174 TRUJILLO, MARK DEXHEIMER 133, 173 TRUJILLO, REV. ROBERT, 362 TUELLER-STONE, EMMA 172 TUKUAFU, EVA 155 VAN ORDEN, MICHAEL 366 VAN WAGENEN, STERLING 356 VELASQUEZ, NICOLE FORSGREN 331 VILOS, JAMES D. “MITCH” 353 VINSON, MICHAEL 126, 163 VOROS, FRED 315 WATERMAN, ROCK 331 WELKER, HOLLY 336 WHIPPLE, RACHEL MABEY 153, 333 WHITNEY, BRIAN 123, 151, 262 WILCOX, KENDALL 332 WILLIAMS, TROY 336 WINDER, LORIE 251 WOODHOUSE, SARA JADE 374 WOTHERSPOON, DAN 181, 231, 351 WUNDERLI, EARL M. 114 ZANDAMELA, TINESHA 172 SPONSORED SESSIONS: MORMON WOMEN’S FORUM, 272 ABISH PROJECT, CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS


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SYMPOSIUM CODE OF CONDUCT

SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOPS

We welcome the honest ponderings of Latter-day Saints and their friends and expect that everyone speaking at or attending the symposium will approach every issue—no matter how difficult—with intelligence, respect, and good will. We expect speakers to engage in rigorous inquiry and thoughtful participation that is respectful of what others hold sacred.

SUNSTONE

Bridges and Byways: Traversing the Mormon Landscape WELCOME Welcome to the 2014 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium! We’re excited about the in-depth exploration of “Bridges and Byways: Traversing the Mormon Landscape.” SYMPOSIUM PURPOSE The Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium is an annual gathering of Latter-day Saints, scholars, and others interested in the diversity and richness of Mormon thought and experience and who enjoy pondering the past, present, and future of the unfolding Restoration. The Symposium is a public conference based on the principles of an “open forum,” meaning that we invite rigorous inquiry and thoughtful, respectful participation, trusting that both the cause of truth and the society of the Saints are best served by free and open exploration and discussion. This symposium is dedicated to the idea that the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ are better understood, and, as a result, better lived when they are freely and frankly explored within the community of Saints. We recognize that the search for things that are, have been, and are to come is a sifting process in which much chaff must be carefully inspected and threshed before the wheat can be harvested. FAITH. Hear words that inspire Christian living by exploring gospel truths, sharing spiritual journeys, and untying knotty challenges. COMMUNITY. Meet old friends and make new ones—fellow seekers whose thoughts and experiences parallel your own. KNOWLEDGE. Gain insights that can come only from rigorous examination of Mormon doctrine and culture from insider and outsider perspectives. FUN. Wrestle with new, stimulating, and lively viewpoints. Savor well-crafted sermons. Match famous scholars’ names with faces. Laugh in the humor sessions. Take pictures in the photo booth. Indulge in late-night discussions you rarely have chances for elsewhere. Browse and purchase interesting books. Wonder at the amazing diversity among God’s children.

If you express disagreement, please do so without personal attacks on the character, religious observance, or intelligence of other parties. We strongly discourage the use of profanity. POINTS TO NOTE PROGRAM. Sunstone offers a diverse selection of topics, formats, and perspectives. Be excited to hear views that coincide with your own, but also prepare to hear presentations that offer a different perspective. As Elder Hugh B. Brown told BYU students in 1958, “I have mentioned freedom to express your thoughts, but I caution you that your thoughts must meet competition in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth will emerge triumphant. Only error needs fear freedom of expression.” VOLUNTEERS. Sunstone Symposiums rely heavily on the efforts of many volunteers. Please consider helping at this year’s symposium by working at the registration desk or taking tickets. Or consider proposing a paper or organizing a panel for next year! FINANCIAL SUPPORT A 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, all contributions to the Sunstone Education Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please give generously to insure that the quality and quantity of our programs and services continue to grow. LODGING While the deadline for reserving discounted rooms has passed, there may still be rooms available the weekend of the Symposium. University Guest House 110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd, SLC, UT 84113 888.416.4075 universityguesthouse.com Marriott University Park 480 Wakara Way, SLC, UT 84108 801.581.1000 saltlakecitymarriott.com Parking is complimentary at the Marriott and there is a free shuttle available to campus. SESSION PROCEEDINGS AND RECORDINGS Symposium proceedings are not published, nor does Sunstone make papers available. Audio recordings of most sessions (excluding workshops and film sessions) will be available. Audio order forms will be available online at sunstone.org and at the conference.

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S Y M P O S I U M R E G I S T R AT I O N Admission to all sessions is by purchased ticket or symposium name badge only. Registration opens daily one hour before sessions begin. Full registration, one-day passes, and single session tickets are available for purchase onsite. We may have a limited number of banquet tickets and Saturday box lunches for sale onsite. Ask about availability at the registration desk. PA R K I N G Sunstone has reserved Lot 24 for Symposium attendees. (See map on page 47.) Parking there is FREE on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 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 and a second entrance at Ballif Road just past the McCarthy Track & Field Complex. On Saturday only, parking in other campus parking lots is free (see map on page 47)—except the Visitor Lot. After 6:00 pm, parking is free in other campus permit lots near the Student Union. Attendees may pay to park in the Visitor Lot directly east of the Union Building. This lot charges by the hour with a maximum of $20 per day and is the closest lot to the Union. For those requiring handicapped parking, spaces are available in the Visitor Lot at the normal parking rate. A better option is the handicapped parking directly in front of the Union Building; these spots are FREE with a handicap placard. Attendees who are staying at the University Guest House hotel can park free in the hotel’s parking lot. Non-guests can pay $5 per day for a parking permit and walk to the Union or ride the campus bus (recommended). T R A N S P O R TAT I O N T O/ F R O M A I R P O R T Taxi and shuttle services are available at the ground transportation desk at either terminal. Express Shuttle: 801.596.1600 or 800.397.0773 expressshuttleutah.com. The University of Utah is also accessible by rail. The Stadium TRAX stop is closest to the Student Union but still requires a few minutes’ walk. The newly opened TRAX Green line runs from the Salt Lake International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City. From there, you can take the Red TRAX line to the UofU campus. See rideuta.com, select Rail in the upper right corner, and select TRAX for more information and TRAX schedules. There is also a stop at the Medical Center, but the area is less walkable. DINING ON AND OFF CAMPUS The Student Union food court is located on the first floor of the Olpin Student Union building, downstairs from where most sessions will be held. It is open 7:30 am–2:30 pm Wednesday through Friday and is closed Saturday.* Dining options include Rise & Shine (breakfast), Panda Express, Sonos (Mexican),

The Grill, The Deli, Papa John’s, Chop’d (salads), Jamba Juice, and a convenience store. Sometimes food trucks serve lunch on the library quad on weekdays. * The campus food court is closed on Saturday. If you pre-ordered a box lunch during online preregistration, you can pick up your order on Saturday 2 August at the beginning of the lunch break at the registration desk. If you have not preordered a lunch, ask about availability at the registration desk. The Heritage Center Dining Hall on campus offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and is within moderate walking distance of the Student Union. Call 801.581.6347 for more information. There are many restaurants near campus including the Corner Bakery Cafe, Pie Pizzeria, B&D Burger, Indochine Vietnamese Bistro, and Aristo’s Greek Restaurant and Cafe. A list of restaurants is available at the registration desk. BY O WAT E R B O T T L E In keeping with the University of Utah’s sustainability practices, we encourage Sunstone attendees to bring reusable water bottles to the Symposium and use the Student Union’s water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains for refills. We also ask that you dispose of plastic containers, soda cans, paper, and your used Sunstone program in the recycling containers located throughout the Union. UNION WIRELESS INTERNET LOGIN To connect to the Student Union’s wireless network, open up your laptop’s list of available networks. Select the UNION network and press enter. The password is 255. Scroll to the bottom, accept the terms and click Login. You are connected. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS The Abish Project is sponsoring children’s workshops that will run concurrently with this year’s Symposium. A licensed, insured group will provide this service for children ages 2–11 in the DEN room. Projects and snacks are included. Children’s workshops will be provided Thursday–Saturday in two sessions each day: 8:00 am–1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm–7:00 pm. Each session costs $15 per child. Contact Shawnya Wayman to reserve your spot: abishcares@ yahoo.com. Please let Shawnya know names, ages, and any special needs of children. Walk-ins are welcome. BOOK ROOM Please visit the book room and patronize the businesses and organizations that have displays there. Benchmark Books gives Sunstone a percentage of its book sales during the Symposium, so shop hard and support Sunstone!

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HANDCRAFTER’S ROW Mormon artisans from around the globe will showcase their talents at this year’s Symposium. Handcrafter’s Row offers an array of unique personalized gifts for both children and adults, featuring handsewn items, crafts, and beautiful art from talented artists. Come peruse the halls of the Symposium and support Mormon artists. MANY THANKS AUDIO/VISUAL HEROES: We couldn’t manage the event without the help of GREG BRIGHTON, KAI DEMANDANTE, ANDREW HAMILTON, MICHAEL J. STEVENS, TYLER WYNN, and WADE GREENWOOD. PLANNING AND OFFICE VOLUNTEERS: Our thanks to those who have gone the extra mile in managing preparations for this year’s events. The Symposium wouldn’t happen without them: CHELSI ARCHIBALD, LAURA COMPTON, CARLENE GEORGE, TOM KIMBALL, CHERYL LAMAR, BRANDT MALONE, NATALIE SPERRY MANDELIN, BILL MCGEE, SHARLENE NIELSEN, WHITNEY RIDENOUR-MOULTON, JERILYN HASSELL POOL, ANDREW SPRIGGS, HILLARY STEPHENSON-REDD, NICOLE FORSGREN VELASQUEZ, HOLLY WELKER, BRIAN WHITNEY, and LORI WINDER. A special thanks to RANDY ASTLE whose tireless efforts brought the first Sunstone Film Festival to pass. ON-SITE VOLUNTEERS: It takes a village to help the Symposium run smoothly. We give our heartfelt thanks to: CHELSI ARCHIBALD, JANI FLEET, SHAREE HUGHES, STEVEN MAYFIELD, JILL MURPHY, and DANIEL SINGER for helping with symposium registration desk duties and other tasks that keep the Symposium running smoothly. CAMERAMEN: Once again STEVE MAYFIELD and DAVID CARTER will be capturing Symposium highlights on film, so smile when you see them approach! MAYFIELD likes to snap photos of Symposium attendees dozing off, so be careful when and where you nap! MUSIC: We are pleased once again to have ALAN EASTMAN at the piano and KIM MCCALL as chorister for our evening plenary music. VENUE: We’re pleased to be at the University of Utah where the first Sunstone Symposium was held in 1979. We’re especially thankful for the support of ANDREE BOGGESS, KAROL CONRAD, and MEGAN MAUGHN at the Student Union. PRESENTERS: We’re excited to have both new and returning presenters on this year’s program. We hope your presentation goes well and that you enjoy being part of the conversations at Sunstone. We value your participation and hope you continue to join us as both presenters and audience members. THANKS TO OUR DONORS & SPONSORS Sunstone depends on generous donors to operate and develop new events and programs for the Sunstone community. To

support our ongoing work, or to show your appreciation for a job well done, please consider making a monthly donation or donating during the Symposium. FA M I LY R O O M We’re glad you brought your family with you to the Symposium. To supplement the children’s workshops, we’ve reserved the Student Lounge (equipped with DVD player) for families with small children to use for relaxation and play. This room can be used after 8:30 am. 2 0 1 5 S Y M P O S I U M T H E M E A N D D AT E S 29 July–1 August 2015 University of Utah Student Union Salt Lake City, Utah 2015 Symposium Theme: The Mormon Mind: Ideas, Ideology, Intelligence, Psychology, Belief, and the Brain We invite proposals exploring how Mormons think about their ideas and ideologies—as well as how they think about challenges to their beliefs. How do Mormon beliefs and practices affect mental and emotional health—and how do mental and emotional health affect Mormon beliefs and practices? What can we learn about both leaders and members by examining them through the lens of psychology? What do recent discoveries about the biology of the brain tell us about spirituality and religious practice? And what does it actually mean that “The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth”? Submit proposals to SunstoneME@gmail.com by 16 March 2015 for first-round consideration. See the Symposium page on sunstone.org for proposal submission instructions. T H E S U N S T O N E E D U C AT I O N F O U N D AT I O N The mission of The Sunstone Education Foundation is to sponsor open forums of Mormon thought and experience. Under the motto, “Faith Seeking Understanding,” we examine and express the rich spiritual, intellectual, social, and artistic qualities of Mormon history and contemporary life. We encourage humanitarian service, honest inquiry, and responsible interchange of ideas that is respectful of all people and what they hold sacred. BOARD OF DIRECTORS: BILL MCGEE (chair), CHRIS BRIGGS, LAURA R. COMPTON, KIM MCCALL, JIM MURPHY, MICHAEL J. STEVENS, KAIMIPONO WENGER. STAFF: JIM MURPHY (executive director), MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON (symposium director), LINDSAY HANSEN PARK (director of marketing and communications), STEPHEN CARTER (SUNSTONE magazine editor), CHERYL LAMAR (symposium assistant), CAITLIN MURPHY (staff assistant).

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AVAILABLE FOR FAMILY STUDENT USE ALL DAY LOUNGE

UNION THEATRE

WEST BALLROOM

PARLOR A

135. FILM: RESERVED TO FIGHT

125. FILM: THE WATERS OF SEBUS PROGRAM

115. FILM: THE VALLEY OF ALMA PROGRAM

ROOM: SALTAIR

LUNCHTIME COMEDY

Lost Apostles

William Shepard & H. Michael Marquardt

The Challenge of Honesty

Frances Lee Menlove

141. BOOK SIGNINGS

155. FILM: HAWAIIAN PUNCH WITH Q&A

6:30–8 pm

173. PROJECT ZION

174. LEAVING OR STAYING IN THE LDS CHURCH

172. WHAT THE CHURCH CAN OFFER YOUTH

171. DINNER WHY ORDAINING BREAK WOMEN COULD BE GOOD FOR MEN

5–6:30 pm

165. FILM: THE FARLEY FAMILY REUNION WITH Q&A

162. RECLAIMING OUR HEROINES: LOT’S WIFE

164. FLAT CHURCH SEEKS ENGAGEMENT

153. EARTH STEWARDSHIP

154. BRIDGES BURNED, BRIDGES BUILT

163. CREATING A NEW PATH THROUGH LEHI’S DREAM

161. INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE IN THE LDS HYMNAL

3:45–4:45 pm

152. MORMON FOOD

151. AUTHOR MEETS CRITICS: JACOB HAMBLIN

2–3:30 pm

SALTAIR

ROOM:

Sunstone’s past leaders and staff remember the foundation’s heritage.

181. ALL WHO WANDER ARE NOT LOST: 40 YEARS OF SUNSTONE

8–10 pm

THURSDAY 31 JULY

134. DIVERSITY OF FAITH: PANEL ON HEAVEN AND HELL

121. THE ATONEMENT ACCORDING TO JESUS

136. DESPERATELY ROOM: BALLROOM SEEKING CORRIDOR JESUS 142.

124. RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION

114. THE TWO JESUSES IN THE BOOK OF MORMON

132. BRIDGING MORMONISM AND POPULAR CULTURE

122. WHAT IS A TEMPLE? A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT

112. WARD FAMILY: THE PRACTICE OF KINSHIP

CRIMSON VIEW

PANORAMA EAST

131. WILLIAM SMITH AND THE HODGES GANG

126. READING DREAMS AS PERSONAL REVELATION

113. CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE RLDS CHURCH IN THE 1960S

SALTAIR

LUNCH BREAK

133. WHY I CHANGED DENOMINATIONS

123. CHURCH DISCIPLINE: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

12:30–2 pm

111. TIKKUN K’NESSIAH: REPAIRING THE CHURCH

11–12:30 pm

9:45–10:45 am

8–8:25 am

8:30–9:30 am

ROOM


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212. MORMONISM IN SOUTH AFRICA

211. DEPICTION OF WOMEN IN MORMON POP CULTURE 214. OFF-LABEL USES FOR CONSECRATED OIL

PANORAMA EAST

PARLOR A

201. DEVOTIONAL: STUDENT THE SPY WHO LOUNGE LOVED ME

UNION THEATRE

WEST BALLROOM

CRIMSON VIEW

LOUNGE IS AVAILBLE TO FAMILIES AFTER DEVOTIONAL

215. FILM: REDEMPTION: FOR ROBBING THE DEAD

225. A JOURNEY THROUGH MORMON FOLK SONGS

222. GOD(S) IN JOSEPH SMITH’S BIBLE

213. CHURCH DISCIPLINE: A PROCEDURAL OVERVIEW

SALTAIR

9:45–10:45 am

8–8:25 am

8:30–9:30 am

ROOM

12:30–2 pm

253. CHURCH DISCIPLINE: IMPACT

251. ORDAIN WOMEN: WHERE WE ARE NOW

2–3:30 pm

274. PANEL ON ABUSE IN LDS CULTURE

273. BRITISH LDS FICTION

272. GENDER OF GOD AND THE DIVERSITY OF SEXUALITY

275. A DIVERSITY OF FAITH: GRACE AND WORKS

271. THEOCRACY UNFOUNDED: POLYGAMY RULINGS

5–6:30 pm

266. FILM: STATES OF GRACE WITH Q&A

264. BONES HEAL FASTER: EMOTIONAL ABUSE

263. TINKELMAN AND JONES: GENEALOGY ANGST

261. BRASS BANDS: A CULTURAL BRIDGE

265. SUNSTONE TOWN HALL MEETING

262. AUTHORS MEET CRITICS: THE LOST APOSTLES

3:45–4:45 pm DINNER BREAK

6:30–8 pm

SALTAIR

ROOM:

JOHN GUSTAVWRATHALL

AND

KATHRYN SHIRTS

PILLARS OF MY FAITH:

281.

8–10 pm

FRIDAY 1 AUGUST

255. FILM: BUSHED: TEACHING IN ALASKA WITH Q&A

BBQ LUNCH FREE TO 254. SYMP. ATTENDEES NATURAL LAW IN LDS THEOLOGY

CENTER BALLROOM

RECEPTION 252. AND SEALING AND LUNCHEON SALVATION IN EARLY MORMONISM ROOM:

LINDA SILLITOE’S THIEVES OF SUMMER

241.

231. LUNCH WHY WE STAY BREAK

11–12:30 pm


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334. BRIDGING MARITAL DIVIDES CAUSED BY PORN USE 333. MOVIES MOST MORMON: ONE RATED G, ONE RATED R

323. FROM DARK ALLEYS TO THE FOLD OF GOD 321. WALKING IN SOLIDARITY: ORDAIN WOMEN 325. TEXAS HAS ITS OWN VIEW OF POLYGAMISTS 326. FILM: TRANSMORMON WITH Q&A

313. INVENTING TRADITION, THE LEAD PLATES 315. SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG 314. APOLOGETIC ETHICS

316. FILM: WATERS OF MORMON PROGRAM

LOUNGE IS AVAILBLE TO FAMILIES AFTER DEVOTIONAL

CRIMSON VIEW

PANORAMA EAST

UNION THEATRE

301. DEVOTIONAL: STUDENT JOSEPH AND LOUNGE THE FACE OF GOD

WEST BALLROOM

PARLOR A

322. 332. LGBTQ AND A CIRCLE OF THE MORMON EMPATHY CHURCH

312. MARRIAGE AFTER A CHANGE IN BELIEFS

SALTAIR

ROOM: SALTAIR

341. LUNCHTIME COMEDY

LUNCH BREAK

12:30–2 pm

356. FILM: THE FAITH OF AN OBSERVER WITH Q&A

354. BE HAPPY, BE MORMON

355. SHADES OF FAITH: WHAT IS “TRUTH” IN MORMONISM?

353. SHALL THE YOUTH OF ZION CARRY? GUNS AND MORMONS

351. CUTTING DOWN THE TREE OF LIFE

352. SUN TALKS: BRIDGING OLD AND NEW BELIEFS

2–3:30 pm

372. SHOW US OUR MONEY: LDS FINANCES

INCLUDING LGBTI IN PLAN OF SALVATION

374.

373. FAITH TRANSITION AND SEXUALITY

375. ORDAIN WOMEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

371. DEBATE: IS RELIGION VALUABLE?

5–6:30 pm

366. FILM: CALLED TO SERVE WITH Q&A

364. NONMORMONS AT THE LORD’S UNIVERSITY

363. JOSEPH SMITH’S COMPASSIONATE THEODICY

365. CHIASTIC SEXUAL PATTERNS

361. THE BOOK OF MORMON AND THE FRONTIER

362. CHURCH DISCIPLINE: ECUMENICAL OVERVIEW

3:45–4:45 pm

SORRY, THERE IS NO “LECTURE ONLY” ADMISSION TO THE BANQUET.

COST $34 ONSITE

ROOM: CENTER BALLROOM

DINNER, THEN PRESENTATION AND PERFORMANCES

WITH ERIC SAMUELSEN, SCOTT BRONSON, SUSAN DAVIS MILNE, AND TRAVIS HYER

381. BANQUET: PERFORMING THE DIVIDE, ENACTING ATONEMENT: THE AESTHETICS OF BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

7:15 pm

SATURDAY 2 AUGUST

335. FILM: TWO BROTHERS

331. MODERATING MORMONS IN CYBERSPACE

336. #YESALLWOMEN, #ORDAINWOMEN

324. LIFE AFTER CHURCH DISCIPLINE

311. HOOK-UP CULTURE AND THE COLLAPSE OF RELIGION

11–12:30 pm

9:45–10:45 am

8–8:25 am

8:30–9:30 am

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2 0 1 4 S U N S T O N E F I L M F E S T I VA L Sunstone has screened films at its summer Symposium before, but 2014 is the first time that motion pictures have been shown back to back in a dedicated space (the Union Theatre). Doing so, under the aegis of an official Sunstone Film Festival, grants Symposium attendees access to an amazing collection of Mormon films that can’t be seen together anywhere else—plus Q&A sessions and/or panel discussions for all but a handful of the screenings. The films cover a range of styles—including abstract, documentary, animation, and narrative—and release dates: our oldest film, The Mouths of Babes, dates from 1980, with the newest, Bundy’s Volunteer Army, screening a portion of a rough cut of a film still being shot. Each film represents some of the best work coming from Mormon filmmakers (or, frequently, non-Mormon filmmakers focusing on Mormon subjects), and films like Transmormon, Kites, Reserved to Fight, and Families Are Forever represent strong directions for the future of Mormon film. Each of this year’s films also reflects the theme of bridges and byways in some way. Some, like the indie drama Hawaiian Punch directed by Nandan Rao and the period piece Redemption: For Robbing the Dead by Tom Russell, illustrate connections between Mormons of differing degrees of belief. More films show bridges between Mormons and people in other traditions. The opening film, Annie Poon’s animated The Book of Visions, illustrates this perfectly in its juxtaposition of the visionary experiences of the youths Joseph Smith, Joan of Arc, and the future Sioux chief Black Elk. And the closing film, Called to Serve, the pilot for a potential television or web series, depicts four missionaries as they struggle to connect with each other and the people they teach. Its frank depiction of young male doubt, ribaldry, and sexuality is reminiscent of States of Grace, another of the festival’s films, which proved itself a seminal work in the depiction of a respectful understanding of those of other faiths. The films Bushed: Teaching Life in Alaska, Closure, and even Bundy’s Volunteer Army work in a similar vein (with Mormons interacting with Inupiaq children, a Scientologist ex-girlfriend, and a makeshift regiment of armed American conservatives), while three short films—Blessing, Transmormon, and Families Are Forever—all depict bridges being built between gay or transsexual Latter-day Saints and their straight family members. The remainder of the films lean toward the concept of byways in Mormonism. They depict individuals, fictional or real, who are struggling to carve out their own unique path along the sometimes rocky soil of Mormon life, and these types of cinematic portraits are among the best films Mormon culture has to offer. The range is broad. The Mouths of Babes depicts a group of Mormon children humorously attempting to explain the gospel; The Book of Lone Peak shows a group of teenage LDS basketball players living their faith; and My Ground portrays a female rancher starting to deal with her old age. The Potter’s Meal and Painting Horses show the artistry of husband and wife Joseph and Lee Udall Bennion, a potter and painter respectively, in documentaries filmed two decades apart. James Arrington’s legendary Farley family, which he retired from the stage earlier this year, shows a unique aspect of down-home Mormon folk culture in the 1990 filmed performance of The Farley Family Reunion. And particularly poignant are the feature-length

documentaries Two Brothers, Reserved to Fight, and The Faith of an Observer: Conversations with Hugh Nibley, which show, respectively, how two siblings deal with jealousy, depression, and mutual love and admiration over the course of several years; how several National Guard Reservists deal with PTSD and other problems after returning home from the Iraq War; and how one of Mormonism’s best-known scholars deals with the diverse components of his life, from the invasion of Normandy to the ruins of ancient Egypt. Ultimately, each film is about a Mormon building a bridge while forging his or her own byway through life. The films show in moving pictures, in stark and poignant portraits, what other Symposium sessions will analyze through scholarship and discussion. These films are a testament to the belief that every human being is worthy of having their story told. We hope you’ll come watch some films and listen to the filmmakers discuss their work and how it relates to the Mormon experience. ­ —RANDY ASTLE, Sunstone Film Festival Director

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BY D AT E / T I M E T H U R S DAY 8:30 am The Book of Visions (dir. Annie Poon) Closure (dir. Brian Petersen)

Bundy’s Volunteer Army (dir. Jennilyn Merten)

Families Are Forever (dir. Vivian Kleiman)

9:45 am By Water, and Blood, and the Spirit (dir. Randy Astle)

ALL FILMS WILL BE SHOWN IN THE UNION THEATRE A L P H A B E T I C A L LY

The Mouths of Babes (dir. T.C. Christensen)

The Book of Lone Peak (dir. Zack Samberg & Ben Altarescu)

Blessing (dir. Stephen Williams) 11:00 am Reserved to Fight (dir. Chantelle Squires Olsen) with Q&A

Blessing (dir. Stephen Williams) THUR 9:45 am The Book of Lone Peak (dir. Zack Samberg & Ben Altarescu) THUR 9:45 am

2:00 pm Hawaiian Punch (dir. Nandan Rao) with panel

The Book of Visions (dir. Annie Poon) THUR 8:30 am

4:30 pm The Farley Family Reunion (dir. J. Scott Iverson) with Q&A

Bundy’s Volunteer Army (dir. Jennilyn Merten) THUR 8:30 am Bushed: Teaching Life in Alaska (dir. Stephen Carter) FRI 2:00 pm By Water, and Blood, and the Spirit (dir. Randy Astle) THUR 9:45 am Called To Serve (dir. Michael Van Orden) SAT 3:45 pm Closure (dir. Brian Petersen) THUR 8:30 am Drawing Horses (dir. Steve Olpin) SAT 8:30 am The Faith of An Observer: Conversations With Hugh Nibley (dir. Brian Capener) SAT 2:00 pm (Free) Families Are Forever (dir. Vivian Kleiman) THUR 8:30 am The Farley Family Reunion (dir. J. Scott Iverson) THUR 4:30 pm Hawaiian Punch (dir. Nandan Rao) THUR 2:00 pm Kites (dir. Jed Henry) SAT 8:30 am The Mouths of Babes (dir. T.C. Christensen) THUR 9:45 am My Ground (dir. Doug Fabrizio & David Casteton) SAT 8:30 am The Potter’s Meal (dir. Steve Olpin) SAT 8:30 am Redemption: For Robbing the Dead (dir. Thomas Russell) FRI 8:30 am Reserved to Fight (dir. Chantelle Squires Olsen) THUR 11:00 am States of Grace (dir. Richard Dutcher) FRI 4:00 pm Transmormon (dir. Torben Bernhard) SAT 9:45 am Two Brothers (dir. Rick Stevenson) SAT 11:00 am Winsome (dir. Rebecca Thomas) SAT 8:30 am

F R I DAY 8:30 am Redemption: For Robbing the Dead (dir. Thomas Russell) 2:00 pm Bushed: Teaching Life in Alaska (dir. Stephen Carter) with Q&A 4:00 pm States of Grace (dir. Richard Dutcher) with Q&A S AT U R DAY 8:30 am Winsome (dir. Rebecca Thomas) Kites (dir. Jed Henry)

My Ground (dir. Doug Fabrizio & David Casteton)

The Potter’s Meal (dir. Steve Olpin)

Drawing Horses (dir. Steve Olpin)

9:45 am Transmormon (dir. Torben Bernhard) with panel Q&A 11:00 am Two Brothers (dir. Rick Stevenson) 2:00 pm The Faith of An Observer: Conversations With Hugh Nibley (dir. Brian Capener) with panel Q&A (Free) 3:45 pm Called To Serve (dir. Michael Van Orden) with panel Q&A

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WEDNESDAY 30 JULY

MICHAEL J. STEVENS is a management professor and department chair at Weber State University, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of organizational behavior and leadership.

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W O R K S H O P R E G I S T R AT I O N , 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Workshop registration requires a separate fee and is available primarily via online preregistration. Advance registration allows the instructors to anticipate the number of students and prepare handouts and other materials for the class. Workshop registration costs are $25 for one morning or one afternoon workshop, or $40 for one full-day workshop or two half-day workshops. If you preregister for workshops, you will be able to pick up your preprinted name badge at the Symposium registration desk starting at 9:00 am Wednesday 30 July 2014. Typically, workshops can accommodate additional people who register onsite. However, we strongly recommend signing up in advance to secure a place in the workshop(s) of your choice.

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MORNING WORKSHOPS, 9:30 AM–1:00 PM

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SEX EDUCATION IN MORMON FAMILIES: TOUGH CONVERSATIONS, TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL

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Mormon families often struggle to teach children about sexual processes and desires, which can result in children who are ashamed of their bodies, teenagers who feel guilty about normal urges, and adults who fear sexual expression even within marriage. This workshop focuses on solutions: how Mormon parents can overcome discomfort with these topics and teach their children about sex in a loving way, utilizing both general principles and specific tips for unlocking the tremendous potential for sex positivity within Mormon doctrine.

Admission to all other Symposium sessions is by purchased name badge or ticket only. This policy will be strictly enforced. Registration forms, badges, and tickets are available at the registration table by the ballrooms on the second floor of the Olpin Student Union Building. A L L - D AY W O R K S H O P , 9 : 3 0 A M – 6 : 0 0 P M

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COUNTERING PASSIVE AGGRESSION WITH HEALTHY CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS

When resolving conflict, many people view their options as being either directly confrontational and imposing, or being indirectly passive and submissive while hoping for the best. The objective of this full-day seminar is to introduce participants to a conceptual framework and a set of specific and actionable skills for influencing others in an assertive yet mutually respectful and collaborative manner consistent with gospel precepts. We will also explore the intricacies and challenges of mastering and applying the framework and skill sets from a position of upward relationships (e.g., subordinates influencing leaders), downward relationships (e.g., leaders influencing subordinates, or parents influencing children), or horizontal relationships (e.g., peers or siblings influencing peers or siblings). Please note that this is an ALL DAY workshop with a lunch break from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

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SARA K.S. HANKS writes regularly for Feminist Mormon Housewives. Her long-standing interest in how Mormons handle sex education has led to years of independent research and an upcoming book on the subject. 323

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MOVING PAST “I’M RIGHT; YOU’RE WRONG”: RESOLVING CONFLICTS ABOUT FAITH

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Basic human motivators put us in conflict with others on many topics—especially matters of faith and religious belief. One person’s understanding of faith will inevitably conflict with someone else’s. The “I’m right; you’re wrong” approach breaks down quickly; so what are the options to resolve conflicts over faith?

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During the workshop, attendees will complete a MyMotivators™ questionnaire, which provides insight into the motivations that drive our everyday behaviors. The MyMotivators™ profile identifies eight distinct Motivators behaviors and describes our internal “wiring” and the way we react to the world—and especially to the people around us. The questionnaire results indicate our preferences and provide a vocabulary we can use to facilitate discussion— even about heated topics—and ways to address all the underlying emotions in a safe, nonthreatening way.

After completing the MyMotivators™ questionnaire, attendees will develop a personalized tool kit for managing questions of faith with more focus and understanding. While we may not be able to completely avoid conflicts over faith or religion, this workshop will equip you with practical tools and a vocabulary that will help move you toward resolution.

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RACHEL HELLER serves on the board of trustees for OUTreach Resource Centers and facilitates two different bi-weekly support groups, one for trans* youth and one for parents and allies of trans* youth.

ALEX FLORENCE is a data tech analyst who helps guide other trans* individuals in their journeys toward authenticity.

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THE SILENT STORM: ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE LDS COMMUNITY

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Inspired by the book The Silent Storm, this workshop brings together mental health experts, ecclesiastical leaders, and members of the LDS community to discuss living with bipolar disorder. Topics include the onset of bipolar disorder, finding the right medical and psychiatric support, dealing with mental illness in a church setting, and its impact on church activity and participation. There will be an extensive Q&A period with workshop attendees.

RUSSELL OSMOND is a management consultant and motivational speaker focusing on change strategies. His academic work includes the study of political science, human behavior, communication, religion, and leadership.

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JEFFREY MOULTON

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LUNCH BREAK, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM See page 5 for dining options.

AF TERNOON WORKSHOPS, 2 : 3 0 P M – 6 : 0 0 P M

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TRANS*101: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND ACCEPTANCE

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The trans* population is arguably the least understood among the LGBT population, and certainly least understood in Mormonism. The presenters of this workshop will educate, share experiences from their personal journeys, and provide ways in which attendees might come to better understand, accept, and embrace our trans* brothers and sisters.

HOLLIE HANCOCK has an EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy University.

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JOHN HOMER is the author of The Silent Storm, a firsthand account of his experiences with bipolar disorder.

SARA HOMER is John Homer’s daughter. She has dealt with bipolar disorder in her own life.

CONAN GRAMES is a former bishop, stake presidency member, mission president, and area public affairs director.

MARYBETH RAYNES is a Salt Lake City-based therapist.

DR. GEORGE NIKOPOULOS has served as inhouse doctor of psychiatry for the LDS Hospital. He has written many white papers on bipolar disorder.

CARLENE GEORGE was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 28 years ago. She will share her longterm experience managing it.

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SUPER SATURDAYS LONG FORGOTTEN

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For many generations, “Super Saturdays” brought LDS women of various ages and backgrounds together to share time and stories while producing crafts to “brighten the home and hearth.” The women at Feminist Mormon Housewives will celebrate these crafts and traditions though a “Super Wednesday” workshop.

Participants will choose one of the following crafts to work on: The wildly popular RESIN GRAPES from the 1970s; HAIR WREATHS, a popular 19th-century craft that weaves together hair from various family members with flowers (synthetic hair will be used); and Mormon feminist BUSY BOOKS, common in the 1980s and packed with flannel board stories, games, and puzzles to entertain children during church services.

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TRESA EDMUNDS is a writer, activist, and craft designer whose work has been featured everywhere from Bitch to Better Homes and Gardens.

ALICE FISHER ROBERTS married an Idaho boy; together they have four boys, a dog, and ten chickens. She is starting an MSW program this fall.

LINDSAY HANSEN PARK is the director of marketing and communications for Sunstone and host of the Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast.

LISA BUTTERWORTH is the founder of Feminist Mormon Housewives.

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SPIRITUAL BRIDGES AND INTELLECTUAL BYWAYS: REFLECTING ON MORMON/CATHOLIC CONNECTIONS

The Smith-Pettit lecture is FREE and open to the public. chair

MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON

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KIM MCCALL

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ALAN EASTMAN

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AMAZING GRACE (on handout)

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TO BE ANNOUNCED

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MATHEW N. SCHMALZ is an associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. His teaching and scholarship focus on Roman Catholicism and modern religious movements.

JERILYN HASSELL POOL is a graphic designer and enjoys serving candlestick salad to the missionaries.

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R E G I S T R AT I O N , 6 : 0 0 P M – 8 : 0 0 P M Admission to sessions is by Symposium name badge or ticket only. This policy will be strictly enforced. Badges and singlesession tickets are available at the registration table by the ballrooms on the second floor of the Olpin Student Union. DINNER BREAK, 6:30PM–8:00PM See page 5 for dining options.

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W E D N E S D AY 3 0 J U LY His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including: The History of Religions; Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; The Religious Studies Review; and America’s Best Spiritual Writing. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY Press, 2010), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Christian Higher Education and the Catholic theological journal Asian Horizons.

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Schmalz also blogs for On Faith, an online forum devoted to covering religion and spirituality. He has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, the Huffington Post, and has provided expert commentary to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC’s Good Morning America, the Boston Globe, NPR, CNBC, MSNBC, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. As religious traditions and institutions, Catholicism and Mormonism would initially seem to share very little except for each

claiming to be the true church established by Jesus Christ. As a result, spiritual and intellectual engagements between Catholics and Mormons are usually limited to the earnest efforts of individual Catholics and Mormons to understand each other. This Smith-Pettit lecture attempts to outline spiritual questions and intellectual themes where Catholicism and the LDS Church can join in a broader dialogue that looks to possible connection and collaboration while still respecting distinctiveness and difference. closing song benediction room

FOR ALL THE SAINTS (#82) TO BE ANNOUNCED SALTAIR

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. This lecture has been made possible by the generous support of the Smith-Pettit Foundation.

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THURSDAY 31 JULY R E G I S T R AT I O N , 8 : 0 0 A M – 7 : 3 0 P M Admission to sessions is by Symposium name badge or ticket only. This policy will be strictly enforced. Badges and singlesession tickets are available at the registration table by the ballrooms on the second floor of the Olpin Student Union.

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CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE RLDS CHURCH IN THE 1960S: A PERSONAL MEMOIR

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The RLDS Church struggled with social justice issues during the years William Russell served as an editor at the RLDS Publishing House (1960–1966). He will reflect on the many letters he received complaining about his editorials in The Saints’ Herald on the civil rights movement.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 8:30AM–9:30AM

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TIKKUN  K’NESSIAH: REPAIRING THE CHURCH

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ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

Based on the Jewish term “Tikkun olam,” which means “repairing the world,” this session encourages all Latter-day Saints, including those who are disillusioned and disaffected, to help “repair the Church” rather than abandon it. It includes specific recommendations and strategies from the local to the general level.

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BRIAN KISSELL

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SALTAIR

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LAURA COMPTON

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CRIMSON VIEW

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THE TWO JESUSES IN THE BOOK OF MORMON AND OTHER ANOMALIES

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WARD FAMILY: THE PRACTICE OF KINSHIP IN LDS CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

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KRISTEEN BLACK has a PhD in religion and society from Drew University.

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LDS wards have special types of kinship networks based on the ideal of recognizing all humankind as a family. This paper examines situations where these networks are effective and when they break down.

WENDY WILLIAMS MONTGOMERY

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PANORAMA EAST

EARL M. WUNDERLI is the author of An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us About Itself (Signature Books). This presentation will look at anomalies and anachronisms in the Book of Mormon, including proper names, prophesies, personalities, and preachings—some obvious and some not so obvious.

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WEST BALLROOM

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: SHORT FILMS: THE VALLEY OF ALMA PROGRAM

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DAVID KNOWLTON is professor of anthropology at UVU.

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SETH ANDERSON

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WILLIAM D. RUSSELL is past president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

A collection of short films. The Book of Visions (2005, dir. Annie Poon), an animation depicting the visions of Joan of Arc, Joseph Smith, and the Sioux chief Black Elk; Closure (2000, dir. Brian Petersen), a narrative film about a single Mormon man’s struggle to accept choosing his faith over his Scientologist ex-girlfriend; Bundy’s Volunteer Army (2014, dir. Jennilyn Merten), a documentary about the varied Americans who rallied to support Mormon rancher Cliven Bundy; Families Are Forever (2013, dir. Vivian Kleiman), a documentary on one Mormon family’s journey to accept their son’s homosexuality.

RANDY ASTLE

UNION THEATRE

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AMANDA HENDRIX-KOMOTO is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation explores Mormon missionary work in the Pacific.

BRIAN WHITNEY is studying history and sociology at Weber State University with an emphasis in American religious history.

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THE ATONEMENT ACCORDING TO JESUS

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JANICE ALLRED is the author of God the Mother and Other Theological Essays (Signature Books). The scriptures do not provide a precise formulation of the doctrine of the atonement. The major atonement theories are incomplete and there are serious objections to some of them. By focusing on the words of Jesus, this paper attempts to shed new light on the nature and scope of the atonement.

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CHELSI ARCHIBALD

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WHAT IS A TEMPLE? A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL PERCEPTIONS

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WHITNEY MOLLENHAUER

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BRANDON RO is an award-winning designer focusing on sacred architecture. This paper reports the results of a 2011 survey, assessing which architectural qualities both Mormons and non-Mormons value when it comes to temples and what those values imply for designers.

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TRESA EDMUNDS

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PANORAMA EAST

The forms Church discipline has taken and the reasons it has been imposed have varied considerably over the years. What kinds of behaviors or offenses gave rise to Church discipline and excommunication during the Church’s first few decades? What changed in the twentieth century? How can observations about past Church discipline help us understand Church discipline today?

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D. MICHAEL QUINN, a prominent historian, was excommunicated in 1993. His next book will be The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Business (1830–2010).

Drawing on Orson Pratt, John A. Widtsoe, James E. Talmage, B.H. Roberts, Catholic theologian Stephen Webb, and others, this discussion focuses on why Mormonism is uniquely positioned to bridge the perceived gap between science and religion.

LAURA KOHLER

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: SHORT FILMS: THE WATERS OF SEBUS PROGRAM

CHURCH DISCIPLINE: AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

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CHRISTOPHER BRADFORD is vice president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

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OVERLAPPING MAGISTERIA: MORMONISM’S UNIQUE POSITION IN RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION

RANDY ASTLE

UNION THEATRE

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A collection of short films. By Water, and Blood, and the Spirit (2004, dir. Randy Astle), an abstract depiction of an LDS baptism in a shot-by-shot chiasmus; The Mouths of Babes (1980, dir. T.C. Christensen), a classic and comic documentary in which Primary children explain it all; The Book of Lone Peak (2013, dir. Zack Samberg & Ben Altarescu), a documentary on the national champion basketball team from Lone Peak High School in Utah; and Blessing (2009, dir. Stephen Williams), a narrative film about an ailing father who asks his adult gay son to give him a priesthood blessing.

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LEARNING TO READ DREAMS AS PERSONAL REVELATION

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MICHAEL VINSON is an enthusiast of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. He has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

In the Bible and Book of Mormon, dreams are sometimes messages from God. This session will start with explanations of Jungian strategies for “reading” dreams. Then we’ll use these methods to interpret some dreams from audience members.

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CRYSTAL SCOTT

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STEPHEN CARTER has a PhD in narrative studies and is editor of SUNSTONE magazine.

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JACOB BENDER is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa.

JERILYN HASSELL POOL is a graphic designer and Feminist Mormon Housewives permablogger.

ETHAN SPROAT has a PhD in composition and rhetoric and is an assistant professor at UVU.

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WHY I CHANGED DENOMINATIONS

Why does a person leave one faith for another? Panelists will describe their journeys: one from RLDS to LDS, another from LDS to Unitarian Universalist, and another from LDS to Community of Christ.

C O N C U R R E N T S E S S I O N S , 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM moderator

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WILLIAM SMITH AND THE NOTORIOUS HODGES BROTHERS’ CRIMINAL GANG AT NAUVOO Based on the new book Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of Twelve, this presentation will focus on early apostle William Smith’s life and his interactions with a violent criminal gang.

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H. MICHAEL MARQUARDT is an independent historian with many book and article publications.

WILLIAM SHEPARD is a past president of the John Whitmer Historical Association.

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LINDA KING NEWELL, an independent writer, editor, and researcher, is the co-author of Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith.

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SETH ANDERSON

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CRIMSON VIEW

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BRIDGING MORMONISM AND POPULAR CULTURE

Why did so many prophets lose their beards between versions of the Book of Mormon Stories comic book? How does Mormonism manifest itself in Internet memes and the music of the slow-core band Low? Why are Mormons such dang good fantasy writers?

WILLIAM D. RUSSELL is an emeritus professor at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. MARK DEXHEIMER TRUJILLO converted to the LDS Church during high school and then to the Community of Christ later in life.

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PAGE KIMBALL is a shock trauma ICU nurse. She is on the worship committee at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.

ROBERT D. HUTCHINS was raised RLDS in Wisconsin and later converted to the LDS Church. His paper will be read by William D. Russell.

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“A DIVERSITY OF FAITH”: PANEL ON HEAVEN AND HELL

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This interfaith panel features speakers from different religious backgrounds presenting their faith’s view on what happens to the soul after mortal death.

MARGARET TOSCANO is an associate professor of classics and comparative studies at the UofU.

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JULIE HARTLEY MOORE has a PhD in anthropology and is the director of the USU Tooele Campus.

JOHN HAMER is the former executive director of the John Whitmer Historical Association.

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T H U R S D AY 3 1 J U LY MURIEL SCHMID has a PhD in Protestant theology and is ordained in the Swiss Reformed Church.

FR. MARTIN DIAZ is the rector and pastor of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City.

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In May 2003, Fox Company of Marine Reserve Unit 2/23 returned to Utah from frontline combat in Iraq. This documentary follows four Marines of Fox Company through their postwar minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life (2008, dir. Chantelle Squires Olsen). A Q&A will be held with the director after the film. Please note this session runs until 12:40 p.m.

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UNION THEATRE

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BOOK SIGNINGS AT 1:00 PM FRANCES LEE MENLOVE The Challenge of Honesty: Essays for Latter-day Saints (ed. Dan Wotherspoon)

WILLIAM SHEPARD and H. MICHAEL MARQUARDT The Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of Twelve

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LUNCHTIME COMEDY

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CHANTELLE SQUIRES OLSEN is a film producer, director, and editor. RANDY ASTLE

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: RESERVED TO FIGHT

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LUNCH BREAK, 12:30PM–2:00PM

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 2:00PM–3:30PM

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An orthodox Mormon, a progressive Mormon, and an atheist share their thoughts on LDS perception of Jesus. How does it affect Mormonism’s culture, doctrine, and cosmology— for good or ill?

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AMANDA KAY KLEIN is a graduate student in forensic anthropology at North Carolina State University.

SARA BURLINGAME was raised a Baha’i, identified publicly as an atheist in her teens, and has been a Unitarian Universalist for the last five years.

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LINDSAY HANSEN PARK

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PARLOR A

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“SHADES OF FAITH”: DESPERATELY SEEKING JESUS

RUSSELL STEVENSON is the author of Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables. He begins a PhD program in history at Michigan State University this fall.

Video clips of coverage of Mormons, Mormonism, and Utah-related topics from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Clips assembled by Michael J. Stevens.

AUTHOR MEETS CRITICS: A FRONTIER LIFE: JACOB HAMBLIN, EXPLORER AND INDIAN MISSIONARY

This panel discussion brings together scholars and thinkers familiar with A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary by Todd Compton. Please join the book’s author and a panel of careful readers in a vigorous exchange about this book.

panelists

WILL BAGLEY has won Best Book awards from the Western History Association, the Denver Public Library, and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

LINDSAY HANSEN PARK is the marketing and communications director for the Sunstone Education Foundation.

ELISE BOXER is Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota. She is an associate instructor in ethnic studies at the UofU.

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TODD COMPTON is the author of A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary which won the Best Biography award from the Mormon History Association.

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BRIAN WHITNEY

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EARTH STEWARDSHIP: THE ULTIMATE MORAL CHALLENGE FOR MORMONS

This panel explores the dimensions of climate change in light of Latter-day Saint teachings about earth stewardship and the “restoration of all things.” Mormons have a choice: be passive observers of catastrophic events, or be leaders in averting or at least diminishing the potential devastation to the earth and its people.

MORMON FOOD: FROM THE JELL-O BELT TO THE PYREX PANHANDLE

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From the stunning, jiggly jewel tones of Jell-O, to the artery-clogging deliciousness of funeral potatoes, to the furniture made from #10 cans, we explore the ingredients and processes that nourish our religion. The session will include demonstrations, recipes, taste tests, and wisecracks.

JERILYN HASSELL POOL is a graphic artist and mother of five creatively fed children.

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PAULA GOODFELLOW

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CRIMSON VIEW

moderator

ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

panelists

TY MARKHAM has served as co-chair of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance since 2013.

HANS EHRBAR has taught economics at the UofU since 1985 and served on an energy advisory panel for Governor Jon Huntsman.

ALICIA CONNELL is a leader in the opposition to Stericycle, a medical waste incinerating company that has been cited for air quality violations.

RACHEL MABEY WHIPPLE is an eco-Mormon housewife, artist, and head of LDS Earth Stewardship.

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TWO-PAPER SESSION: BRIDGES BURNED, BRIDGES BUILT: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON FAITH JOURNEYS MORMONS BURNING BRIDGES

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HILARY BROWN is a student at the UofU. BRIDGES BURNED, BRIDGES BUILT: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON A FAITH JOURNEY

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This paper describes how members of the LDS Church burn bridges back to the Church for those who have left by denouncing certain groups (liberals, feminists, LGBT, etc.) and how hostility continues to alienate former and inactive Mormons from both the Church itself and the Mormon community.

In 1981, I made the decision to become a member of Community of Christ. Recently, I’ve learned that I can be fully Community of Christ

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T H U R S D AY 3 1 J U LY years and counting). She fills her time with music, teaching elementary students, and singing in a chamber choir.

while still embracing my LDS pioneer heritage. This presentation focuses on how I have built this new bridge. presenter

respondent

STEVEN L. SHIELDS serves at the Community of Christ’s International Headquarters in Independence, Missouri. JAN MARSHALL will be reading his paper. D. JEFF BURTON is the author of SUNSTONE’s “Braving the Borderlands” column.

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BRIAN KISSELL

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WEST BALLROOM

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RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

C O N C U R R E N T S E S S I O N S , 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

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INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE IN THE LDS HYMNAL

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SALTAIR

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CLAIMING OUR HEROINES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LOT’S WIFE

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Hymns that are patriarchal, male-centric, and U.S.-Eurocentric should be revised to become more inclusive. Participants will sing several hymns revised to be more gender-inclusive. ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. VICKIE EASTMAN is a retired freelance executive recruiter. She has a BA in English from Stanford University.

MICHELLE STONE is a homeschooling mother of nine young children, and a writer and presenter on educational and religious topics.

respondent

LAURA COMPTON

Directed by Nandan Rao (2013), this feature film follows two young Mormons, Nick and Tor, as they navigate their lives, courtships, and loss of faith in Hawaii. A panel discussion will follow.

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abstract

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VILIAMI PAUNI is a permablogger at Rational Faiths.

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: HAWAIIAN PUNCH

EVA TUKUAFU received her MSW from the UofU this year and works full-time at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center as a psychiatric social worker.

ALAN EASTMAN will be the accompanist.

This paper retells the story of Lot’s wife and makes a case for reclaiming her as one of the great women of scripture.

KATIE LANGSTON is pursuing dual master’s degrees, one in marriage and family therapy and one in theology.

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TRESA EDMUNDS

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WEST BALLROOM

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CREATING A NEW PATH THROUGH LEHI’S DREAM

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MERRILL LONG is a PhD candidate in philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Merrill Long re-envisions Lehi’s dream, turning it on its head and using it as a gateway from the traditional understanding of spirituality as a path leading to a single endpoint to one that holds space for multiple truths.

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MICHAEL VINSON has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

chair

WENDY WILLIAMS MONTGOMERY

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CRIMSON VIEW

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FLAT CHURCH SEEKS ENGAGEMENT OF ITS PEOPLE

JANEANNE PETERSON is on an extended maternity leave from the practice of law (14

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GLEN SOREN LARSON JR. has produced papers on the Missouri establishment of Zion, the Law of Stewardship and Consecration, Deseret Telegraph, and Canadian colonization.


T H U R S D AY 3 1 J U LY abstract

This presentation will explore how engagement and consensus can be fostered on a ward level to meet the unique needs of members rather than relying on the hierarchical leadership style.

respondent

LORI LEVAR PIERCE has an MBA from BYU and teaches French, German, and Latin to gifted high schoolers in Mississippi.

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CRYSTAL SCOTT

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PANORAMA EAST

172. abstract

panelists

SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: THE FARLEY FAMILY REUNION

abstract

presenter

A film adaptation (1990) of Arrington’s legendary one-man show The Farley Family Reunion, wherein he plays a host of hilarious characters. Arrington will appear after the show to discuss the Farleys’ place in the Mormon theatrical canon and their influence on his own life—and perhaps dip back into character(s) one last time.

JAMES ARRINGTON has led a long and storied career in Mormon theatre. He is the chair of the department of theatrical arts for stage and screen at UVU.

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RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

This panel will explore the unexpected and unique benefits men could receive from women’s ordination to the LDS priesthood.

panelists

MICHAEL J. STEVENS is a management professor and department chair at Weber State University.

TRESA EDMUNDS is a writer, activist, and craft designer whose work has been featured everywhere from Bitch to Better Homes and Gardens. JULIA JARRETT is a lawyer and mother to an 18-month-old daughter. EMMA TUELLER-STONE is a participant in Young Mormon Feminists and will start her senior year of high school this fall.

JESSA BATES-PYNE is a senior at BYU in American studies and works on the Mormon Women’s Studies Resource.

MARINA TIJERINO-ABE is a JapaneseVenezuelan Mormon feminist living in Utah.

TINESHA ZANDAMELA is a senior at BYU studying sociology and French.

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CRIMSON VIEW

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PROJECT ZION: PULLING FORWARD KEY THREADS OF THE RESTORATION FOR A POST-MODERN WORLD

abstract

At the heart of the Restoration is a deep hunger to be like the first century church and to be directly connected to Jesus’ authentic teachings. This panel will explore key Restorationist threads in the LDS Church and the Community of Christ and how they affect our post-modern world.

panelists

KATIE LANGSTON is pursuing dual master’s degrees, one in marriage and family therapy and one in theology.

WHY ORDAINING LDS WOMEN COULD BE GOOD FOR MEN

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C O N C U R R E N T S E S S I O N S , 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

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Presented by members of the Young Mormon Feminists blog, this panel will explore what the LDS Church can offer the rising generation.

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F I L M S E S S I O N , 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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WHAT THE CHURCH CAN OFFER YOUTH

ROBIN LINKHART is president of the Sixth Quorum of Seventy of the Community of Christ assigned to the Western USA Mission Field.

S. MARK BARNES leads the male ally committee for Ordain Women.

STEPHEN CARTER is the editor of SUNSTONE magazine and a stay-at-home dad.

JOHN HAMER is former executive director of the John Whitmer Historical Association.

JIM KELLY is a former bishop and the father of Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly.

SARA K.S. HANKS is a blogger at Feminist Mormon Housewives.

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PAULA GOODFELLOW

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SALTAIR

chair

MARK DEXHEIMER TRUJILLO

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WEST BALLROOM

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LEAVING OR STAYING IN THE LDS CHURCH

PLENARY SESSION, 8:00 PM–10:00 PM

moderator

MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON is the director of symposia for the Sunstone Education Foundation.

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WHY AN EXCOMMUNICATED MORMON HISTORIAN URGES YOU TO STAY WITH THE LDS CHURCH

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Though my conflicts with the LDS Church’s leadership are well known, I have deeply held views about why people should stay with the LDS Church even if they are deeply hurt, disaffected, disbelieving, totally inactive, have already resigned their membership, or have been disfellowshipped/excommunicated.

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HELP THOU MY UNBELIEF

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presenter

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D. MICHAEL QUINN, a prominent historian, was excommunicated in 1993. His next book will be The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Business (1830–2010). Paul Toscano will read a short excerpt of his recently published memoir Road to Exile and explain why, despite historical and theological problems and the mistreatment of questioning Latter-day Saints by current LDS Church leaders, he continues to accept in his fashion the truth claims of the Restoration.

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ALL WHO WANDER ARE NOT LOST: 40 YEARS OF SUNSTONE MANNA IN THE CORRELATED WILDERNESS JIM MURPHY

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TO BE ANNOUNCED

Our celebration of the Sunstone Education Foundation’s 40 years will start with a pictorial tour of Sunstone’s storied history through its artifacts, from its offices to its calendars, from its cartoon books to its software, and from its attic to its basement.

Then many of Sunstone’s leaders and supporters from the past four decades will share stories that capture the essence of their experience at Sunstone, from the hilarious to the sublime.

We will end with thoughts on why independent voices are essential to the health of an institution.

moderator

MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON has been Sunstone’s director of symposia and outreach since 2008.

panelists

PAUL TOSCANO was excommunicated in 1993. His recent books include The Sabbath of Death (essays) and The Serpent and the Dove, an interpretation of the endowment ceremony.

ALLEN ROBERTS was co-editor of SUNSTONE magazine from 1978–1980.

DAN WOTHERSPOON was editor of SUNSTONE magazine from 2001–2008.

JOHN HATCH was associate editor of SUNSTONE magazine from 2001­–2003.

STEPHEN CARTER has been the editor of SUNSTONE magazine since 2008.

SUSAN STAKER was associate editor of SUNSTONE magazine from 1979–1982.

GARY SHEPHERD is a professor of sociology at Oakland University.

PANORAMA EAST

DINNER BREAK, 6:30PM–8:00PM See page 5 for dining options.

benediction room

Scan For Sunstone Shenanigans in the Summer of #Funstone

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TO BE ANNOUNCED SALTAIR


The best nine minutes you’ll ever spend.

mymotivators.com group name: Sunstone2014

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FRIDAY 1 AUGUST

212.

MORMONISM AND OTHER RELIGIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA: BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH COMPARISON

R E G I S T R AT I O N , 8 : 0 0 A M – 7 : 3 0 P M Admission to sessions is by Symposium name badge or ticket only. This policy will be strictly enforced. Badges and single-session tickets are available at the registration table by the ballrooms on the second floor of the Olpin Student Union Building.

presenter

abstract

BOOKER T. ALSTON is a PhD candidate in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.

South Africa and the LDS Church have some things in common, for both good and ill, such as a history of polygamy and institutionalized racism. This study will highlight places where the LDS Church could build constructive bridges between its culture and that of South Africa.

DEVOTIONAL, 8:00 AM–8:25 AM

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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

presenter

CARLENE GEORGE has a master’s degree from Chapman College. The mother of three daughters, she is a longtime SUNSTONE connoisseur.

abstract

My father worked with the National Reconnaissance Office, a classified project that built satellites to spy on the USSR during the Cold War. Thus, my home was always full of intrigue and wit. I learned much from my father about how to be a Christian.

chair

KATIE LANGSTON

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STUDENT LOUNGE

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 8:30AM–9:30AM

respondent

BRIAN BENINGTON was born and raised Mormon in South Africa. He is an adjunct dance instructor at Salt Lake Community College.

chair

KATIE DAVIS-HENDERSON

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CRIMSON VIEW

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CHURCH DISCIPLINE: A PROCEDURAL OVERVIEW

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How is Church discipline instigated? How is it investigated? What happens during a disciplinary hearing? Join a panel that has gained first-hand knowledge of the process from both the ecclesiastical and member perspectives.

NADINE HANSEN is an attorney who submitted a brief in support of Kate Kelly during her disciplinary council.

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THE DEPICTION OF WOMEN IN MORMON POPULAR CULTURE

abstract

This panel will explore the portrayal of women, especially Mormon women, in the media of Mormon popular culture including film, literature, and advertising.

RUSSELL OSMOND is a management consultant and motivational speaker focusing on change strategies.

ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

panelists

AUDREY DUTCHER has been a media journalist for over a decade.

RICHARD DUTCHER directed God’s Army, Brigham City, and States of Grace, among other films.

MICAH NICKOLAISEN is an avid blogger and podcaster interested in helping individuals navigate faith transitions.

LORI BURKMAN has worked professionally as a web designer, technical writer, and editor. She blogs at Rational Faiths.

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PAULA GOODFELLOW

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PANORAMA EAST

CHELSI ARCHIBALD

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SALTAIR

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abstract

OFF-LABEL USES FOR CONSECRATED OIL AND HOLY WATER

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HILARY JOHNSON

MICHAEL G. REED is working on his doctorate in the history/Christianity program at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

room

SALTAIR

Early Latter-day Saints had a practice of injecting the sick and afflicted with consecrated oil enemas. This paper compares this practice with similar ways some Catholics used holy water.

chair

ROY SCHMIDT

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PARLOR A

BOYD JAY PETERSEN is the coordinator for Mormon Studies at UVU.

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MORMONISM AND THE PROBLEM OF HETERODOXY

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abstract

DENNIS POTTER is associate director of religious studies at UVU.

How could an outsider discover if Joseph Smith truly restored Christianity, given the wildly different interpretations of his teachings? The Restoration was Smith’s answer to his own quandary; would a similar approach work for this hypothetical outsider?

FILM SESSION, 8:30AM–10:30AM respondent

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: REDEMPTION: FOR ROBBING THE DEAD

JOHN HAMER is church historian for Community of Christ in Canada.

chair

LAURA COMPTON

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CRIMSON VIEW

Based on historical events, this film tells the story of Utah lawman Henry Heath as he pursues and then defends French immigrant grave robber Jean Baptiste (2011, dir. Thomas Russell).

chair

RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 9:45AM–10:45AM

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SESSION CANCELLED

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GOD(S) AS CHARACTER(S) IN JOSEPH’S BIBLE STORIES

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SUSAN STAKER was a PhD student in narrative theory at the UofU and an associate editor for SUNSTONE magazine and Signature Books. Contemporary Mormonism’s gods are anthropomorphic characters with pasts—a significant departure from Christian understandings of God. This paper examines how Joseph used the Bible to launch this audacious theology.

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THE LATTER-DAY APOSTASY: A SCRIPTURAL PERSPECTIVE

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abstract

JOE JENSEN maintains two Mormon-themed blogs: justandtrue.com and fulness.com.

Apostates are people who speak against the accepted norms of a religious organization. Notable apostates include Alma the elder, Lehi, and, of course, Jesus Christ. When discord arises, how does one discern whether the individual or the organization is in error?

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CARSON CALDERWOOD

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PANORAMA EAST

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abstract

sponsored by Signature Books

MICHAEL J. STEVENS is a professor of management and organizational behavior at Weber State University.

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THE THIEVES OF SUMMER BBQ LUNCHEON Olpin Student Union Center Ballroom Friday, August 1, 12:30 pm –2:45 pm

A JOURNEY THROUGH MORMON FOLK SONGS FROM THE TERRITORY OF DESERET

Signature Books would like to invite all Sunstone attendees to our elephant-sized barbecue in honor of Linda Sillitoe’s last novel, The Thieves of Summer.

MARY & PETER DANZIG, comprising the band Otter Creek, play 10 instruments between them.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

The Danzigs have spent years collecting and arranging folk songs of the Mormon pioneers. Join them for a concert featuring a number of these tunes as well as stories and descriptions of their historical background.

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PAULA GOODFELLOW

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WEST BALLROOM

Kofford Books, 2013) and Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (Greg Kofford Books, 2002). He is married with four children.

WENDY WILLIAMS MONTGOMERY is a wife and mother of five children, including a gay son who came out in 2012. Once a canvasser of Bakersfield, California neighborhoods in support of Proposition 8, Wendy is now a strong, vocal advocate for inclusion and equality for Mormons who live on the periphery.

RUSSELL OSMOND, a former Air Force chaplain, is a management consultant and motivational speaker focusing on change strategies. His academic fields of interest include political science, human behavior, communication, religion, and leadership.

JENNIFER FINLAYSON-FIFE works in private practice primarily with couples (many LDS) on marital and sexual issues. She is a frequent guest on LDS-themed podcasts and a soughtafter speaker and seminar leader. She is married with three children.

PLENARY SESSION, 11:00AM–12:30PM

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WHY WE STAY

moderator

panelists

This perennially well-received session features the stories of those who have chosen to remain active, dedicated Latter-day Saints even in the face of challenges to traditional faith. DAN WOTHERSPOON is the former editor of SUNSTONE magazine and host of the Mormon Matters podcast. BOYD JAY PETERSEN is the coordinator for Mormon Studies at UVU. He is the author of Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Culture, and Family (Greg

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F R I D AY 1 A U G U S T MITCH MAYNE is an openly gay, active Latterday Saint who recently served as the executive secretary in a San Francisco bishopric. He is a national voice on Mormon LGBT issues, focusing especially on improving the health, mental health, and well-being of Mormon LGBT youth in the context of their faith.

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SALTAIR

LUNCH BREAK, 12:30PM–2:00PM See page 5 for dining options.

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presenters

moderator

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THIEVES OF SUMMER RECEPTION

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Signature Books cordially invites Sunstone Symposium attendees to a FREE luncheon and reception in honor of Linda Sillitoe’s last book, Thieves of Summer. Come congratulate her family members John Sillito and Cynthia Sillitoe on its publication. Enjoy a BBQ feast with hamburgers, hot dogs, gardenburgers, punch, and brownies for dessert. CENTER BALLROOM

CHERYL L. BRUNO is an independent historian focusing on the intersection of Mormonism and Freemasonry, and nineteenth-century Mormon polygamy. BRIAN C. HALES is the author of the threevolume Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology (Greg Kofford Books).

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SEALING AND SALVATION IN EARLY MORMONISM: PERSPECTIVES ON THE LAW OF ADOPTION

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GARY SHEPHERD is a professor emeritus of sociology at Oakland University. From the mid-1840s to the end of the century, the Law of Adoption was a key element in Mormon understanding of priesthood, family, sealing, and salvation. The radical shift in modern understanding of this principle has caused confusion and differing perspectives. In a lively point/counterpoint exchange, Brian Hales and Cheryl Bruno will provide their insights on this fascinating doctrine and shed light on the dynamic nature of Mormon theology and its relationship to an expanding world. PANORAMA EAST

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abstract

Excommunication doesn’t affect just one person. This panel will explore the many repercussions, personal and interpersonal, that can arise from church discipline and excommunication.

panelists

KRISTEEN BLACK has a PhD from Drew University in religion and society.

abstract

ORDAIN WOMEN: WHERE WE ARE NOW

moderator/ panelist

This panel will cover topics such as responses to Ordain Women, the challenges of communicating with the Church PR department, planning and executing direct actions, changes and shifts in official Church discourse on priesthood, and changes and shifts in the Mormon feminist community.

NANCY ROSS chairs Ordain Women’s social media committee.

panelists

DEBRA JENSON chairs Ordain Women’s communications committee.

CHELSEA SHIELDS STRAYER co-chairs Ordain Women’s volunteer and recruiting committee.

AMY CARTWRIGHT serves on the leadership committee for Ordain Women.

LORIE WINDER is a co-founder of Ordain Women.

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CHURCH DISCIPLINE: IMPACT ON FAMILY, WARD, AND THE LARGER LDS COMMUNITY

MICAH NICKOLAISEN is an avid blogger and podcaster interested in helping individuals navigate faith transitions.

WHITNEY F. MOLLENHAUER has an MA in sociology from University of California Davis, specializing in gender and social stratification.

LORI BURKMAN is a permablogger at Rational Faiths.

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CARSON CALDERWOOD

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CRIMSON VIEW

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NATURAL LAW IN LDS THEOLOGY: PROSPECTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY T. HEATH OGDEN is an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at UVU.

DUANE E. JEFFERY is a professor emeritus of biology at BYU.

abstract

Recent research at UVU indicates that evidence-based science education on controversial topics such as evolution not only increases students’ factual knowledge, but also reduces their conflict with religion. This paper explores the implications of these findings.

respondent

PAUL BARKER

room

WEST BALLROOM

abstract

SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: BUSHED: TEACHING LIFE IN ALASKA

This documentary follows a newly married Mormon couple just out of college during their first year of teaching in a remote Alaska Native village (2009, dir. Stephen Carter).

The film will be followed by Q&A with the director.

presenter

chair

CRYSTAL SCOTT

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PANORAMA EAST

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AUTHORS MEET CRITICS: THE LOST APOSTLES: FORGOTTEN MEMBERS OF MORMONISM’S ORIGINAL QUORUM OF TWELVE

abstract

This panel discussion brings together scholars and thinkers familiar with The Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of the Twelve by William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt. Please join the book’s authors and a panel of careful readers in a vigorous exchange about this book.

panelists

ANDREW HAMILTON recently finished a master’s degree in counseling and is an avid book reviewer.

WILLIAM S. BRADSHAW is retired from the department of molecular biology at BYU.

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and Church policy led to the abandonment of Mormon brass bands, they helped establish the Church’s cultural bridge with America.

STEPHEN CARTER became a documentary filmmaker while researching his dissertation in Shishmaref, Alaska.

chair

RANDY ASTLE

room

UNION THEATRE

REED RUSSELL is a retired illustrator for Hallmark Cards who lives in Jackson County, Missouri.

respondents

WILLIAM SHEPARD is a past president of the John Whitmer Historical Association.

H. MICHAEL MARQUARDT is an independent historian with many book and article publications.

chair

BRIAN WHITNEY

room

SALTAIR

263.

TINKELMAN AND JONES: USING GENEALOGY TO BRIDGE MY JEWISHMORMON ANGST

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 3:45PM–4:45PM presenter

261.

BRASS BANDS: A CULTURAL BRIDGE BETWEEN MORMON UTAH AND THE EASTERN UNITED STATES

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abstract

abstract

BRYANT SMITH is an assistant professor of music at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington. Nineteenth-century Mormons used brass bands as a cultural bridge during the westward expansion. While changes in musical preference

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LINDA JONES GIBBS has a PhD in art history and is an independent scholar and art consultant working in the NYC area. As the granddaughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants and the great-granddaughter of Mormon pioneers, Linda Jones Gibbs felt as if the strands of her DNA were in the process of co-strangulation. Armed with first-hand accounts from both sides of her family, she will explore the effect her disparate ancestry has had on her.


F R I D AY 1 A U G U S T respondent

NANCY ROSS is an assistant professor of art history at Dixie State College.

chair

MICAH NICKOLAISEN

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PARLOR A

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BONES HEAL FASTER: EMOTIONAL ABUSE IN LDS FAMILIES

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abstract

TERENCE L. DAY served on the Washington State University faculty for 32 years where he was a science writer in agricultural and family sciences. About 25% of LDS women have been abused, are being abused, or will be abused at some time during their marriages—very similar to the abuse rates for the average American woman. This presentation will focus on abuse in LDS culture, its consequences, and ways of addressing, preventing, and healing from abuse. Please note: A follow up panel discussion to this presentation is offered in session 274.

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KATRINE JUDD

room

WEST BALLROOM

265. abstract

SUNSTONE TOWN HALL MEETING

The Sunstone Education Foundation has gone through a lot of changes over the past year. This panel will get everyone up to speed on the state of the organization and talk about its future. Suggestions and commentary from the audience are welcome.

moderator

JIM MURPHY is the executive director of the Sunstone Education Foundation.

panelists

STEPHEN CARTER is the editor of SUNSTONE magazine.

LINDSAY HANSEN PARK is Sunstone’s marketing and communications director.

BILL MCGEE is chair of Sunstone’s board of directors.

MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON is Sunstone’s director of symposia and outreach.

MICHAEL J. STEVENS is head of Sunstone’s education committee.

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F R I D AY 1 A U G U S T FILM SESSION, 4:00PM–6:30PM

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: STATES OF GRACE

The lives of a street preacher, an aspiring actress, a Mormon missionary, and a young gang banger intersect in this ensemble drama set in present-day Santa Monica, California (2005, dir. Richard Dutcher).

A Q&A will be held with the director after the film.

Complimentary DVDs of States of Grace are available through Richard Dutcher’s generosity at the registration desk. Richard will sign and personalize the DVDs at his display table in the Ballroom corridor.

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POLLY is a member of plural culture as well as the Centennial Park Action Committee, devoted to the decriminalization of polygamy.

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THE GENDER OF GOD AND THE DIVERSITY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

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If a divine heterosexual couple is viewed as the ideal of godhood, are those who identify as gay, transgendered, androgynous, or intersexed barred from fitting the heavenly ideal? How might Mormon theology offer creative possibilities for including diverse sexual and gender identities within the celestial family?

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MARGARET TOSCANO is an associate professor of classics and comparative studies at the UofU.

RICHARD DUTCHER has directed a number of feature films including God’s Army, Brigham City, and Girl Crazy.

JANICE ALLRED is the author of God the Mother and Other Theological Essays.

ALISA BOLANDER has a master’s degree in literature and blogs at The Exponent.

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RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 5:00PM–6:30PM

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EDWARD JONES III

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PANORAMA EAST

This session is sponsored by the Mormon Women’s Forum.

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THEOCRACY UNFOUNDED: WHAT THE POLYGAMY RULING MEANS FOR PLURAL FAMILIES IN UTAH

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When Utah’s law prohibiting “religious cohabitation” was struck down last December, it opened the door to plural marriage without the threat of prosecution. Comprised of both scholars and practicing polygamists, this panel will discuss how this ruling affects Utah’s polygamous and religious landscape.

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Counterpoint Conference November 1, 2014 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Olpin Student Union University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah

NADINE HANSEN is an attorney working with FLDS and formerly FLDS people. JENNIFER HUSS BASQUIAT is a professor of anthropology at the College of Southern Nevada and has conducted fieldwork in plural communities for the last four years.

JOE DARGER is a practicing polygamist and co-author of Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage.

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Theme: Connecting with the Divine: Women’s Spirituality And Practices

STAN SHEPP is a practicing polygamist and a member of the Centennial Park community.

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BRITISH LDS FICTION: CONFLICTS AND CONTEXTS

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Led by two award-winning British writers with LDS backgrounds, this presentation will include short readings of their creative work and an examination of the opportunities inherent in giving openhearted literary explorations of postcorrelation British Mormonism to a local popular culture who has only heard of it via Big Love.

JENN ASHWORTH is an award-winning novelist, blogger, and short story writer. Her latest novel, The Friday Gospels, is being developed for a television series. CARYS BRAY is a prize-winning short story writer. Her first novel, A Song of Issy Bradley, will be published in summer 2014.

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BROCK CHENEY is an educator and historian, primarily focused on Utah and Mormon themes in the nineteenth century.

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STEPHEN CARTER

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ABUSE IN LDS CULTURE

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This panel discussion follows session 264, Terence Day’s presentation on emotional abuse in LDS families. It brings together mental health workers, crisis workers, and church leaders to discuss the frequency and repercussions of spouse abuse in LDS culture.

TERENCE L. DAY served on the Washington State University faculty for 32 years where he was a science writer in agricultural and family sciences.

MEGHAN RAYNES worked as the director of domestic violence services and case manager for Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter in Mesa, Arizona.

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JENNY MORROW is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has provided therapy services for ARCH and Family Services in Logan, Utah.

LISA TENSMEYER HANSEN is an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and doctoral candidate in the same field at BYU.

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TRESA EDMUNDS

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“A DIVERSITY OF FAITH”: PANEL ON GRACE AND WORKS

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A religiously diverse panel reflects on how the paradoxical concepts of grace and works inform their lives and beliefs.

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MICHAEL MINCH is a professor of philosophy at UVU.

KATIE LANGSTON is pursuing dual master’s degrees, one in marriage and family therapy and one in theology.

ROBIN LINKHART is president of the Sixth Quorum of Seventy of the Community of Christ assigned to the Western USA Mission Field.

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LINDSAY HANSEN PARK

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DINNER BREAK, 6:30PM–8:00PM See page 5 for dining options.

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F R I D AY 1 A U G U S T PLENARY SESSION, 8:00 PM sunstone presents

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PILLARS OF MY FAITH LAURA COMPTON

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This is perennially the Symposium’s bestattended session. Hear speakers share the events and concepts that animate their religious lives: a little soul baring, a little spiritual journey, a little intellectual testimony bearing. This reflective night is about the things that matter most, plus spirited congregational hymn singing.

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KATHRYN SHIRTS has a BA from Stanford in history and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School with an emphasis in American church history. She co-authored A Trial Furnace: Southern Utah’s Iron Mission with her fatherin-law, Morris Shirts. She has served on the Dialogue editorial board, and her articles have appeared in anthologies from the BYU Women’s Conferences and LDS Women’s Treasury.

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She is married to Randall Shirts and is the mother of a chemist, a geneticist, a violinist, a music librarian, a fashion designer, and a puppeteer.

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THERE’S A WIDENESS IN GOD’S MERCY (on handout) JOHN GUSTAV-WRATHALL resigned his membership from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1986 after almost committing suicide due to internal conflicts related to being gay and Mormon. In 1992 he met his life partner, Göran, with whom he currently owns a home in south Minneapolis. In 2005, responding to promptings of the Spirit, he began attending his local LDS ward, where he remains active today. In 2007 John and Göran became foster parents, and in 2008 were legally married in Riverside, California.

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the YMCA (University of Chicago Press, 1998). He is the author of the Young Stranger blog, and his writing on homosexuality and faith has been featured on other blogs and in the pages of SUNSTONE magazine and Dialogue. He is currently senior vice president of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends. closing song benediction room

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SATURDAY 2 AUGUST

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MARRIAGE AFTER A CHANGE IN BELIEFS: WHO IS HAPPY, WHO IS MISERABLE, AND WHY?

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ADAM FISHER is a PhD candidate in counseling psychology at Indiana University and is starting an internship at BYU.

R E G I S T R AT I O N , 8 : 0 0 A M – 7 : 3 0 P M Admission to sessions is by Symposium name badge or ticket only. This policy will be strictly enforced. Badges and singlesession tickets are available at the registration table by the ballrooms on the second floor of the Olpin Student Union.

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This session will discuss findings from a study of over 750 current and former Mormons who have experienced conflict around their own or their partner’s change in religious beliefs. Insights will include why some couples are happy despite the changes, why others are not, and possibilities for improving these relationships.

DEVOTIONAL, 8:00 AM–8:25 AM

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JOSEPH SMITH AND THE FACE OF GOD

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ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

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What was the impact of Joseph Smith’s theophany—the startling realization that God had a face like his, a face that looked on him with perfect love and that he could look into with perfect trust?

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KATIE LANGSTON

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STUDENT LOUNGE

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KATIE DAVIS-HENDERSON

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CRIMSON VIEW

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INVENTING TRADITION, THE LEAD PLATES OF SACROMONTE AND THE GOLD PLATES OF THE NEW WORLD: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

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MICHAEL G. REED is working on his doctorate in the history/Christianity program at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

This paper presents a comparative study between the golden plates of the New World and the lead plates of Sacromonte, Granada, Spain, and an exploration of how both set of plates founded traditions for two distinct groups of people who shared similar needs.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 8:30AM–9:30AM

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HOOK-UP CULTURE, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, AND THE COLLAPSE OF RELIGION IN THE WEST

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CARRIE MILES, PhD, is the executive director of Empower International Ministries. This session will explain the reasons for the emergent “sex gap” and discuss the serious problems it causes for individuals, especially the young. It will also show how this gap has caused the last half-century’s massive decline in religious practices, credibility, and identity in the United States and Europe.

RICHARD BUSHMAN is Gouverneur Morris professor of history emeritus at Columbia University and the Bancroft Award-winning author of numerous books.

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MICAH NICKOLAISEN

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APOLOGETIC ETHICS: DEFENDING THE FAITH WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL

WHITNEY MOLLENHAUER SALTAIR

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SETH PAYNE graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with an MA in religion. Effective apologetics must be done within the context of a well-defined ethical framework. Such a structure can help us become more

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S AT U R D AY 2 A U G U S T effective in providing perspectives on difficult questions while demonstrating key aspects of Christian discipleship. respondent

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LOYD ERICSON is the managing editor at Greg Kofford Books and an adjunct instructor at UVU.

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VICKIE EASTMAN

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PARLOR A

BRIAN KISSELL

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WEST BALLROOM

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SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG: SINGING NEW HYMNS TOGETHER

ALAN EASTMAN is a chemist, piano player, and part-owner of a startup geothermal energy company.

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This session will consist of the presentation of a number of new hymns: authors and composers will comment, if available, followed by community singing of the hymns. We will be singing hymns about Jesus, Heavenly Mother, even Satan.

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FRED VOROS is a Salt Lake City judge and founder of the Western Hymn Writers Workshop.

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: SHORT FILMS: WATERS OF MORMON PROGRAM A collection of short films. Winsome (2014, dir. Rebecca Thomas), a music video for indie band The Moth and the Flame featuring a visual panoply of mermaids, deserts, and body parts; Kites (2010, dir. Jed Henry), a BYU animation department film about a young boy grieving for his deceased grandfather in a unique way; My Ground (2010, dir. Doug Fabrizio & David Casteton), a documentary about Heidi Redd, an aging rancher in southern Utah; The Potter’s Meal (1992, dir. Steve Olpin), a documentary about southern Utah potter Joseph Bennion; and Drawing Horses (2013, dir. Steve Olpin), a follow-up documentary two decades later about Bennion’s wife, painter Lee Udall Bennion.

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RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 9:45AM–10:45AM

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WALKING IN SOLIDARITY: ORDAIN WOMEN AND COSMOPOLITAN THEOLOGY

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SARAH ZOE PIKE teaches writing at Salt Lake Community College and is a rhetoric and composition PhD student at Texas Christian University.

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This presentation posits that we can better understand Ordain Women, and Mormon feminism at large, through feminist theologian Namsoon Kang’s concept of cosmopolitan theology.

MAXINE HANKS is an independent scholar specializing in feminist theology and Mormon history.

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HILARY JOHNSON

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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: LGBTQ AND THE MORMON CHURCH, 1995 TO THE PRESENT

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KAREN SMYTH is a fourth-year PhD candidate in American studies at Saint Louis University.

D. MICHAEL QUINN is the author of Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example.

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KATRINE JUDD

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FROM DARK ALLEYS TO THE FOLD OF GOD: TWO WORLDS BRIDGED BY THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST

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LAURIN CROSSON is a former victim of human trafficking who joined the LDS Church and founded RockStarr Ministries. Victims of human trafficking are typically taken into this trade against their will through deceit and manipulation, leaving them devoid of selfworth and yearning for justice. I describe how the atoning power of Christ transformed my life and stirred a desire to help other victims of human trafficking find their way out. J. ALLEN helped found Runaway Girl, FPC, an organization providing survivor-led training on human trafficking for police, social services, and community organizations.

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EDWARD JONES III

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LIFE AFTER CHURCH DISCIPLINE

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This panel will explore the spiritual and life trajectories the panelists have been on since their church disciplinary rulings.

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JANICE RIRIE is a convert to the gospel. She is an active Mormon who lives in Stansbury Park, Utah, with her husband and five children.

This presentation details how the LDS Church has responded to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues from “The Family: A Proclamation” in 1995 to the emergence of MormonsandGays.com in 2012. Official Church literature has both challenged and reaffirmed traditional gender and sexuality during that time.

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FLIP JOHNSON served a mission wherein he lost his faith and then did something stupid which, combined, resulted in his excommunication.

RITCHIE STEADMAN is known around “Zion” as “Richie T,” the producer and Mormon voice of X-96’s popular “Radio From Hell” show; he also “serves” as X-96’s marketing director.

LAVINA FIELDING ANDERSON, excommunicated in September 1993, has continued to attend and participate in her local ward. She is an editor.

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CARLENE GEORGE

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SALTAIR

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TEXAS HAS ITS OWN VIEW OF POLYGAMISTS

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abstract

KEN DRIGGS is a career criminal defense lawyer specializing in the defense of death penalty cases.

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A discussion and analysis of the 2008 Yearning for Zion Ranch raid and how the law was used to expel the FLDS from Texas.

ROGER HOOLE has represented numerous individuals in cases against the FLDS Church and Warren Jeffs since 2004.

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PAULA GOODFELLOW

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WEST BALLROOM

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: TRANSMORMON

A short documentary about Eri Hayward’s journey to recognizing that she is transgender. After the screening, Eri’s father and mother (who appear in the film) and the director will discuss transgender issues in Mormonism.

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A CIRCLE OF EMPATHY: HOW TO BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN PROGRESSIVE AND CONSERVATIVE MORMONS

Members of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee will present effective communication strategies in hopes of empowering both progressive and conservative Mormons. Chairs will be placed in a circle and audience participation will be encouraged.

KEIKO HAYWARD is the mother of Eri Hayward.

ED HAYWARD is the father of Eri Hayward.

TORBEN BERNHARD is the director of Transmormon.

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RANDY ASTLE

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UNION THEATRE

moderator

ERIKA MUNSON is a high school English teacher and a founder of Mormons Building Bridges.

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KENDALL WILCOX is an award-winning film producer and a founder of Mormons Building Bridges.

ANNE MCMULLIN PEFFER is the founder of Circling the Wagons and a member of the Mormons Building Bridges Steering Committee.

SHERRI PARK has served two missions as a senior adult and is a member of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee.

COREY HOWARD is an avid genealogist, amateur photographer, and member of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee.

LINDSAY HANSEN PARK is the marketing and communications director for the Sunstone Education Foundation and the host of the Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast.

DOREE BURT presides over a 15-stake mutual program for special needs adults and is a member of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee.

ANDREW SPRIGGS moderates The Mormon Hub Facebook group.

SUSAN DORTSCH MIKESELL, raised by a single mom, understands the experience of living outside of the culturally normative LDS home.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 11:00AM–12:30PM

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MODERATING MORMONS IN CYBERSPACE

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Because it is a place of diversity and wideranging opinions, the Internet can become very contentious. A group of Facebook group moderators and bloggers will discuss the difficult process of building bridges online.

JERILYN HASSELL POOL moderates the Feminist Mormon Housewives Society Facebook group.

NICOLE FORSGREN VELASQUEZ is a professor of management information systems at USU and moderates two online Mormon groups.

DEREK LEE began avidly consuming all things Mormon online after he discovered three years ago that Church history is actually interesting.

ROCK WATERMAN is the proprietor of the Pure Mormonism blog and author of What to Expect When You’re Excommunicated: The Believing Mormon’s Guide to the Coming Purge.

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CRIMSON VIEW

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MOVIES MOST MORMON: ONE RATED G, ONE RATED R

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Each panelist will talk about two movies that have made an especially profound impact on his or her understanding of Mormonism. One of the movies will be rated G, the other will be rated R. Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lord of the Rings will not be allowed. STEPHEN CARTER is the editor of SUNSTONE magazine, an author, and a documentary filmmaker.


S AT U R D AY 2 A U G U S T panelists

RANDY ASTLE is a New York City-based filmmaker and writer focusing on indie film, children’s media, and transmedia.

LISA BUTTERWORTH is the founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog.

JOHN HATCH is the acquisitions editor for Signature Books and is finishing an article examining early LDS negotiation of mainstream movies.

RACHEL MABEY WHIPPLE is the head of LDS Earth Stewardship and sponsors a weekly outdoor movie night in her neighborhood.

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#YESALLWOMEN, #ORDAINWOMEN, #WELLBEHAVEDWOMEN: MAKING HISTORY AND CHALLENGING PATRIARCHY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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A common way of dismissing discussions of misogyny and gender inequality is by criticizing feminists’ tone, a gendered complaint that relies on stereotypes about what “nice women” sound like. This panel exposes the problems with the claim that the key to overcoming sexism relies on women striking the right tone. HOLLY WELKER has written about Mormonism for such publications as Bitch, Slate, and the New York Times. JANICE ALLRED is the author of God the Mother and Other Theological Essays (Signature Books).

BRIDGING MARITAL DIVIDES CAUSED BY A PORNOGRAPHY CRISIS

This presentation will provide strategies for dealing with the many different feelings and identity issues that often arise in a couple when pornography viewing causes a marital rift.

TRESA EDMUNDS is a writer, activist, and craft designer whose work has been featured everywhere from Bitch to Better Homes and Gardens.

KATE KELLY is an international human rights attorney and one of the founding mothers of Ordain Women.

NATASHA HELFER PARKER is a licensed marriage and family therapist and sex therapist and author of The Mormon Therapist blog. JENNIFER FINLAYSON-FIFE is a licensed psychotherapist who wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality in long-term relationships.

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KATRINE JUDD

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PANORAMA EAST

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: TWO BROTHERS

This documentary follows the lives of Sam and Luke Nelson, two LDS brothers, over the course of a decade, even visiting them on their missions in Chile and Cambodia. The non-Mormon director received unprecedented access to arrange filming during their two-year service. (2011, dir. Rick Stevenson)

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MICAH NICKOLAISEN

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S AT U R D AY 2 A U G U S T NANCY ROSS chairs the social media committee for Ordain Women. She is an assistant professor of art history at Dixie State College.

MARGARET TOSCANO is an associate professor of classics and comparative studies at the UofU.

TROY WILLIAMS, dubbed the “gay mayor of Salt Lake City,” is a Utah based radio and television producer.

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LUNCH BREAK, 12:30PM–2:00PM The Student Union’s food court is CLOSED on Saturday. A list of nearby restaurants is available at the registration desk. Attendees can pre-order a box lunch for Saturday through online registration. The box lunch choices are: 1. Buffalo Chicken 2. Greek Grilled Vegetable 3. Asian Pork 4. Pesto Chicken Club. Lunches include chips, a cookie, and a beverage. We typically order a few extra lunches; ask about availability at the registration desk. Box lunches are $13.50 onsite. Pick up pre-ordered box lunches at the registration desk during the lunch break.

undergone and consider the inevitable changes now required to match legal and cultural trends.

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SUN TALKS: “BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN OLD BELIEF AND NEW”

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A TEDx-esque session featuring four short, visually stimulating presentations on bridging gaps between old belief and new belief.

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LUNCHTIME COMEDY

Video clips of coverage of Mormons, Mormonism, and Utah-related topics from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Clips assembled by Michael J. Stevens. SALTAIR

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CUTTING DOWN THE TREE OF LIFE TO BUILD A WOODEN BRIDGE

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CATHLEEN GILBERT CRIMSON VIEW

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DAN WOTHERSPOON is the former editor of SUNSTONE magazine and host of the Mormon Matters podcast.

DENVER SNUFFER is a practicing attorney in Sandy, Utah, and the author of thirteen volumes on Mormon doctrine and history. From the 1890 manifesto to the present, Mormonism has altered its content to gain approval from the larger United States population. This paper will explore the many “bridge building” changes Mormonism has

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LINDSAY HANSEN PARK is the marketing and communications director for the Sunstone Education Foundation and the host of the Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast.


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KATE KELLY is human rights attorney recently based in Washington DC.

JERILYN HASSELL POOL is a permablogger for the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog.

JOHN LARSEN hosts the Mormon Expression podcast.

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family, Kimball Allen chronicles his upbringing as a fabulous black sheep through colorful storytelling excerpted from his latest bestselling Off-Broadway show, “Be Happy Be Mormon.” chair

MITCH MAYNE

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SHALL THE YOUTH OF ZION CARRY? THE INTERSECTION OF GUNS AND GOSPEL

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In today’s political rhetoric, it seems that guns are a necessary part of being human—and being Mormon. Discussion will include perspectives on guns from Latter-day prophets and scriptures exploring the place of guns in both the LDS Church and the Community of Christ. Please do not bring assault weapons, bazookas, or SAMs to this session! WILLIAM D. RUSSELL is past president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. He has never owned a gun.

RICK SARRE is an Australian professor of criminal justice and a member of the Standing High Council for the Community of Christ.

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What is truth? Does it even exist? If so, how can it be apprehended and communicated? An orthodox Mormon, a progressive Mormon, and a former Mormon will discuss their perspectives on the subject.

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DENNIS POTTER is an associate professor of philosophy at UVU.

SHAWN TABRIZI was raised LDS in a home that had both Muslim and Christian influences.

CHELSEA SHIELDS STRAYER is a dual PhD candidate in cultural and biological anthropology.

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KATRINE JUDD

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SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: THE FAITH OF AN OBSERVER: CONVERSATIONS WITH HUGH NIBLEY

JAMES D. “MITCH” VILOS is a Utah attorney and gun advocate. PANORAMA EAST

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BE HAPPY, BE MORMON: A BESTSELLING OFF-BROADWAY PERFORMANCE

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“SHADES OF FAITH”: WHAT IS “TRUTH” IN MORMONISM?

KIMBALL ALLEN’S first play, Secrets of a Gay Mormon Felon, garnered accolades from performing arts and literary communities.

A voyeuristic look into the childhood of a Bambi-loving, vegetarian, ballet-slipperwearing, Diet-Coke-drinking gay Mormon Boy Scout. Born into a large conservative Idaho

Filmed on location among the ancient temples and pyramids of Egypt, along the beaches of Normandy, and against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, this documentary explores various aspects of Hugh Nibley’s life and teachings (1985, dir. Brian Capener). A panel discussion will be held after the film. This film is free and open to the public.

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ALEX NIBLEY is Hugh Nibley’s son, a filmmaker, and author of Sergeant Nibley, PhD. STERLING VAN WAGENEN is the co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and the founding executive director of the Sundance Institute.

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PETER CZERNY was the chief editor and head of postproduction at the LDS Motion Picture Studio for many years.

BOYD JAY PETERSEN is the author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life.

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RANDY ASTLE

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COMPASSIONATE THEODICY AND JOSEPH SMITH’S LIMITED GOD

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 3:45PM–4:45PM

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THE BOOK OF MORMON AND THE MYTH OF THE FRONTIER

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CHRISTOPHER SMITH is a PhD candidate in religions of North America at Claremont Graduate University.

The Book of Mormon was part of a literary tradition that perceived “wildness” as being threatening but also alluring. Using this trope, the Book of Mormon narrative forges an interesting affiliation with Native Americans against the dominant white religious culture.

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ASHLEY RAYMOND

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CHURCH DISCIPLINE: AN ECUMENICAL OVERVIEW

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Clergy from different faiths discuss how their churches/denominations handle church discipline. Under what circumstances does it occur? What are the triggers for official ecclesiastical involvement? What processes are in place to handle disciplinary matters? And what kinds of outcomes usually result?

WILLIAM D. RUSSELL is past president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association. REV. ROBERT TRUJILLO, Vicar General of the Diocese of St. Michael, is married to Mark Dexheimer Trujillo. They have a family of seven with two grandkids.

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KATIE LANGSTON

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Joseph Smith’s theodicy proposed that God must work within certain limits and can’t prevent some evils. But current LDS theodicy seems to describe apparent evils as having a higher purpose or leading to some greater good. How has the first theodicy become eclipsed by the second? KEN DRIGGS is a career criminal defense lawyer with a background in Mormon legal history and an interest in theodicy.

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CHRIS HANNA

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NON-MORMONS AT THE LORD’S UNIVERSITY

A panel of non-Mormon BYU students discusses their successful and unsuccessful attempts to build bridges with LDS students and professors at BYU.

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CURTIS PENFOLD was a BYU student until he was expelled last October for resigning from the LDS Church.

CRISTINA RILEY is a liberal Protestant who participates in Catholic mass, Hindu worship, and other interfaith efforts. She is Caterina’s twin.

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CATERINA RILEY is a liberal Protestant who participates in Catholic mass, Hindu worship, and other interfaith efforts. She is Cristina’s twin.

SINEAD is a devout Catholic from Ireland. She chose to attend BYU because a family member attended. She has taken the missionary discussions a few times.

KIRSTEN is a German native who grew up learning about the Lutheran church but identifies as atheist. She came to BYU on scholarship.

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REV. MONICA HALL serves Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ogden, Utah, as a full-time solo pastor.

MIRIAM ATTIA is a Jewish atheist pursuing an MA in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

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CHIASTIC SEXUAL PATTERNS OF THE STORY OF SODOM & GOMORRAH, AND THE QUESTION OF LITERAL INTERPRETATION

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CLAIR BARRUS has presented papers at Sunstone and MHA. He manages “Today in Mormon History” and blogs at WithoutEnd.org. The Sodom and Gomorrah story contains Hebraic parallels to at least three other biblical stories. Incest, homosexuality, prostitution, impotence, rape, menopause, frigidity, voyeurism, dismemberment, and sex with angels are all part of an elaborate set of contrasting parallels used to denigrate Israel’s enemies while lifting up the nation of Israel. Variety of proposed sexual encounters seems to be one of the goals of the author. Seeing the Sodom and Gomorrah story in the context of these Hebraic devices provides new meaning to the story, and raises questions about literal interpretation and the story’s use as an anti-homosexual text.

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CRYSTAL SCOTT

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS, 5:00PM–6:30PM

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Following an official academic debate format, two participants will discuss whether religion is a net benefit in the world. Does religion build bridges? How can we foster the kind of community building that helps individuals flourish? BLAKE MARSH is an assistant coach for Weber State University’s policy debate team.

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JARED ANDERSON hosts the Mormon Sunday School podcast.

JOHN LARSEN hosts the Mormon Expression podcast.

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LINDSAY HANSEN PARK

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SALTAIR

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SUNSTONE DEBATE: IS RELIGION VALUABLE?

SHOW US OUR MONEY: THE MOVEMENT FOR LDS FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

LDS Church members and leaders are largely in the dark about the Church’s finances, even though they have a direct impact on local congregations and stakes. This panel will discuss the consequences that might arise from more transparency about the Church’s finances, investments, and holdings.

SUNSTONE FILM FESTIVAL: CALLED TO SERVE

A collaboration between the husband/wife team of director Michael Van Orden and producer Ashley Pacini, this television/web series pilot portrays the lives of four male Mormon missionaries as they goof off, preach the gospel, and wander into drug-related and sexual territory that has not been previously broached in a Mormon-produced film. A discussion of the episode and online Mormon film will follow.

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WILL BAGLEY is an historian and author of South Pass: Gateway to a Continent.

MICHAEL VAN ORDEN is the director of Called to Serve.

TIMMY CHOU is a serial entrepreneur and business development consultant.

RON MADSON is an attorney with Madson and Madson, and co-author of The Mahan Report in SUNSTONE magazine.

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JARED CARDON is a screenwriter, producer, interactive designer, and president of Tinder Transmedia.

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ERIN ELTON SCHURTZ is a co-creator and producer of the reality web series The Mormon Bachelor.

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RANDY ASTLE

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MICHAEL J. STEVENS is a professor of management at Weber State University.

LORI LEVAR PIERCE has an MBA from BYU and teaches French, German, and Latin to gifted high schoolers in Mississippi. WEST BALLROOM

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THE BRIDGE BETWEEN FAITH TRANSITION AND REDEFINING SEXUALITY

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Faith transitions often mean redefining one’s relationship with sexuality and sexual values. This presentation provides strategies for building a healthy sexuality during and after a faith transition.

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LAURA LEE LUND

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This panel examines the effectiveness of Ordain Women’s strategies. How much support has the movement garnered from within the LDS Church, particularly among women? What is the potential, long-range impact of Ordain Women on ecclesiastical structures and leaders? What are the prospects for women’s ordination within Mormonism?

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MARIE CORNWALL is former editor in chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. She is professor emerita, department of sociology, BYU. DEBRA JENSON recently earned a PhD from the UofU in public policy and political communication.

ROBIN LINKHART is president of the sixth quorum of Seventy of the Community of Christ assigned to the Western USA mission field.

JULIANA BOERIO-GOATES is professor emerita of chemistry at BYU and a lifelong Roman Catholic.

AIMEE HICKMAN is a graduate of the UofU and the editor-in-chief of Exponent II.

DUANE JENNINGS has held many leadership positions in Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons. He received the Mortenson Award in 1996.

ANDREA RADKE-MOSS is professor of history at BYU-I, where she teaches American history and U.S. women’s history.

SARA JADE WOODHOUSE is an active Mormon transwoman living in Utah and a member of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee.

This session was organized by sociologists Gary and Gordon Shepherd.

This presentation will use tools found in the restored gospel, the scriptures, Joseph Smith’s teachings, and later Church leaders to help us reexamine our beliefs and policies in order to become more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) members of the LDS Church.

ROBERT A. REES teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

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STUMBLING TOWARD ZION: INCLUDING LGBTI MORMONS IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION

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ORDAIN WOMEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY: STRATEGIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CHANGE IN A HIERARCHICAL RELIGIOUS TRADITION

NATASHA HELFER PARKER is a licensed marriage and family therapist, sex therapist, and author of The Mormon Therapist blog. ADAM FISHER is a PhD candidate in counseling psychology at Indiana University and sexuality blogger at KinseyConfidential.org.

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GORDON SHEPHERD

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HILARY BROWN

BANQUE T, 7:15PM

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Join us for the closing banquet and enjoy a delicious feast for both body and mind!

Have some feedback on the Symposium? Take our online survey.

The banquet buffet includes chicken breasts stuffed with sundried tomato, spinach, and feta cheese and served with red pepper cream sauce; poached salmon; Caesar salad tossed with chopped eggs, red onions, capers, crostini; seasonal vegetables; garlic bread sticks; Italian cannolis; cranberry spritzer; ice water; and coffee service.

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S AT/ S U N A U G U S T The banquet session requires a separate registration fee $34 onsite to cover the cost of the meal. If you didn’t purchase a banquet ticket in advance, ask about availability at the Symposium registration desk. Sorry, there is no “lecture only” admission to the banquet session.

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PERFORMING THE DIVIDE, ENACTING ATONEMENT: THE AESTHETICS OF BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

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ERIC SAMUELSEN is one of Mormonism’s foremost playwrights. We find ourselves, as a culture in the time of a great divide, at a point of crisis as acute as that of 1838. Kate Kelly’s excommunication has become a flashpoint rivaling the collapse of the Kirtland Safety Society, starkly illuminating cracks and crevasses we had managed to paper over. Eric will examine this as a cultural performance, as a way in which we enact our shared pain. Performance, as Stephen Greenblatt has shown, both subverts and contains; without retreating into comfortable conformation-bias tropes of us v. them. Eric will share some ways we might move together toward healing. Eric and actors Scott Bronson, Susan Davis Milne, and Travis Hyer will read excerpts from The Plan and other plays as part of this exercise in bridge building.

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JIM MURPHY

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AFTER PARTY Relax, unwind, and deconstruct at the After-Symposium Party Saturday 2 August from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Join Sunstone friends for lively post-symposium discussion at 1444 Yale Avenue (1050 S.) in Salt Lake City. Bring snacks and drinks to share! BANQUE T, 7:15PM

SUNDAY 3 AUGUST

The Community of Christ announces a post-Symposium Sunday service on Sunday 3 August at its Salt Lake City chapel. 10:00 am: Sunday School with instructor John Hamer, “Understanding Restoration Scripture: The Opposite of Literal Interpretation Is Meaningful Interpretation.” 11:00 am: Sacrament service with Mark Trujillo and John Chatburn speaking. 12:00 pm: Community lunch. All are welcome. The Salt Lake City Community of Christ chapel is located at 2747 Craig Drive (2747 East 3640 South) Salt Lake City, UT, 84109. Directions from the U of U Campus: Take Foothill BLVD to I-215 South Take Exit #4, 3900 South Turn Right at 2700 East Turn Right onto Craig Drive The church is on the left.

2015 Sunstone Symposium

The Mormon Mind

Ideas, Ideology, Intelligence, Psychology, Belief, and the Brain

29 July – 1 August 2015 University of Utah Olpin Student Union Building

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