Event: Southwest Symposium 2007

SW07005: THE TETON DAM DISASTER AND THE LDS RESPONSE

Thirty years have passed since the collapse of eastern Idaho’s Teton Dam. Its failure released 80 billion gallons of water on the largely LDS population of the Upper Snake River Valley. The event, often referred to as “that day in June,” placed a spotlight on local Mormon leadership as it responded to the death and …

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SW07006: Faith Development in Mormonism

Faith Development in Mormonism The model of faith development presented by James W. Fowler in his classic study, The Stages of Faith, has helped many people from a wide variety of religious traditions better understand their own faith journey. It has been embraced especially by many who feel they have DAN WOTHERSPOON and TOM KIMBALL

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SW07007: Divided Loyalties? Mitt Romney: The First Mormon President?

Divided Loyalties? Mitt Romney: The First Mormon President? In many ways, Mitt Romney is a dream candidate for Mormons: he is handsome, bright, charismatic, and articulate. He has been a successful businessman and politician as well as Church leader. He has a quintessential Mormon pedigree, polygamous ancestors; distinguished genealogy; son of a prominent political, business, …

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SW07008: Secrets of Mary Magdalene

Secrets of Mary Magdalene A new book, Secrets of Mary Magdalene, will be discussed by contributing author Maxine Hanks and audience members following a screening (45 minutes) of a filmed panel discussion by seven of the book’s contributors: Elaine Pagels, Jane Schaberg, Susan Haskins, Dierdre Good, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Katherine Kurs, and Lisa Bellevie. The book …

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SW07013: Is Green True-Blue? What Kind of Mormon Are You?

Is Green True-Blue? What Kind of Mormon Are You? Should we as Mormons, with our unique claims to modern revelation and an enhanced understanding of scripture, be more environmentally conscious? What can we do as stewards of the earth to show our respect and gratitude for all of creation and preserve our natural resources for …

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SW07014: The Mormons: A Conversation with Helen Whitney

The Mormons: A Conversation with Helen Whitney In its write-up about the forthcoming documentary film series, The Mormons, the PBS website suggests that “Mormons have always had a peculiar hold on the American imagination, but few know who the Mormons actually are, or who they claim to be, and their story is one of the …

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SW07001: OBEDIENCE CULTURE: HOW CHURCH-STATE PROXIMITY HAS COMPROMISED AMERICA’S MORAL LEADERSHIP

“Obedience culture,” in distilled, simplified form, values conformity over competence, unflinching faith over critical thinking, and institutional loyalty over human dignity. Using principles from the field of complexity science, this paper argues that obedience culture fosters approaches increasingly prone to failure in complex, challenging, dynamic situations. It examines the ascendancy of obedience culture among certain …

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