Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2018

Art Therapy and Faith Transitions: A Research Presentation and Art-making Experience

This original research study asked former Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Fundamentalist protestants, and members of other high-demand religious groups to share their stories through writing and artmaking. Using the Bridge Drawing, an established art therapy assessment tool for life transitions, this study elicited beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant, and salient insights into the faith transition experience. The participants’ …

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Stormy Weather: Chaos Theory and The Book of Mormon

The Romantic movement, contemporary with Joseph Smith, was fascinated by storms and chaos—their spontaneous self-organization, complexity, destruction, and unpredictability. Similarly, the Book of Mormon makes much use of chaos, with its many instances of catastrophe, the reappearance of robbers and outlaws, its apparition of Jesus, and the twisted fates of its Nephites and Lamanites. Using …

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Own Your Religion

As PBS producer Helen Whitney was finishing her monumental, 2007 documentary, “The Mormons,” she said to me, “I have interviewed hundreds of Mormons for this documentary. You have a good religion, but you need to own it. Most of its members are borrowing it.” Many—perhaps most—church members treat membership as if it were a stamp …

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Incorporating Progressive Polygamy into Mormon Cosmology

Have you ever considered the connections between the polygamous and polyamorous communities? What kind of connection can be made between the queer and non-monogamous communities? This panel explores these questions and more to discover ways non-monogamy intersects with the queer community through a Mormon lens. Blaire Ostler, Joseph West, Brady Williams

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What Mormons Can Learn from . . .

As a New-World, restorationist religious movement, Mormonism has much to teach the world, but it also has much to learn from teachers, prophets, visionaries, artists, scientists, movers, and shakers from other traditions. This session includes seminal lessons for Latter-day Saints from the world’s great teachers, texts, traditions, and creative expressions. Bob Rees, Clifton Jolley, Phil …

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The Gifts of a Faith Crisis

As individuals grow and develop, it is common for their spirituality and beliefs to be challenged and subsequently change. This experience, often called a “faith crisis,” can feel disorienting, traumatic, and isolating. This session honors those challenges but also highlights the unexpected gifts a faith crisis can offer. Sara Hughes-Zabawa, Anthony D. Miller, Jana Spangler

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