Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2008

Christian Interfaith Conversation Series

Christian Interfaith Conversation Series The Christian Interfaith Conversation (CIC) Series is a grass-roots initiative that facilitates theological conversations among Mormons and members of other Christian faiths. The purpose of these encounters is to achieve understanding, reduce religious apartheid in Utah, and ultimately come to a unity of faith. The mission of the CIC series is: …

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Sexuality in Joseph Smith’s Plurality

Sexuality in Joseph Smith’s Plurality In an 1844 publication, Joseph H. Jackson, a non-LDS visitor to Nauvoo, wrote: ‘Joe Smith boasted to me that he … from the commencement of his career had seduced 400 women.’ If this is true, that would mean there would be 400 victims of Smith’s debauchery. Ironically, the historical record …

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‘The Divine Light: Understanding the Spirit of God

‘The Divine Light: Understanding the Spirit of God In 1832, Joseph Smith revealed a concept that bridges scientific and spiritual sensibilities about the universe. Called the Light of Christ (or spirit of God), this primal energy source is not only defined as the life force, the source of enlightenment, and the intelligence from which we …

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Selections from Sermons on the Stewardship of the Earth

Selections from Sermons on the Stewardship of the Earth Utah Interfaith Power and Light, a local unit of a national ecumenical, environmentally oriented group of ministers and lay church folk, recently held an Earth Day sermon contest on the theme: ‘This Spring, Change the World by Reaching Out to Your Faith Community and Beyond!’ This …

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Did Joseph Smith Know Himself? Do We Know Ourselves?

Did Joseph Smith Know Himself? Do We Know Ourselves? Yale Professor Harold Bloom, celebrated author of the book The American Religion and ardent advocate of Joseph Smith’s primary place in American history, asks a critical question at the end of his provocative Sunstone essay, ‘Perspectivism and Joseph Smith’ (Sunstone, March 2007). In echoing Fawn Brodie’s …

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The Gospel According to the Blues: Twelve Gates to the (Inner) City

The Gospel According to the Blues: Twelve Gates to the (Inner) City Traipsing through this curious 1960’s odyssey are such strange bedfellows as Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh B. Brown, Delbert Stapley, Ben Banks, John Florez, Leonard Arrington, Eugene England, Utah Phillips, Polly Stewart, Ammon Hennacy, Rosalie Sorrels, Steve Holbrook, Steve Hale, Darius Gray, Lester …

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What Women Know

What Women Know LDS General Relief Society President Julie Beck’s October 2007 general conference address focused on the topic of women’s roles and sphere of influence, highlighting the phrase ‘Mothers Who Know.’ Even as President Beck was speaking, the Bloggernacle began to light up with discussion on her emphasis on mothers as nurturers and the …

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