Speaker: Bob Rees

The Book of Mormon Musical: How Funny is it to Mormons?

The Book of Mormon Musical has been one of the most successful musicals in American theater history. Audience have flocked to see Mormons and Mormonism satirized, lampooned, and caricatured. But how funny is it to Mormons? How successful has the Church’s attempt been to turn the musical in its favor? Bob Rees, Clifton Jolley, Ron …

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Waiting for Morning: The Poetry of Robert Rees

This session is devoted to a reading from Bob Rees’s newly-published collection of poems, “Waiting for Morning.” In his foreword to the collection, Clifton Jolley observes, “The miracle of Bob’s optimism is not only that it is, but that it is in spite of the world, in spite of evidence to the contrary, in spite …

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Silenced! Reflections on Proposition 8 a Decade Later

During Proposition 8, an initiative on the 2008 California ballot prohibiting same-sex marriage, some Latter-day Saints who refused to support the Church’s campaign or who openly opposed it were disciplined by local leaders in spite of the Church’s official policy allowing non-support, if not dissent. This is the story of one person who was disciplined …

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Devotional: Amazing Grace

While official LDS doctrine includes an understanding of grace as an unwarranted and unearned gift of God, in practice it tends to emphasis earning salvation. This devotional explores the dimensions of Grace within both Christian and Mormon doctrine and emphasizes the harmonization found in C.S. Lewis’s observation that the dispute Bob Rees

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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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Beauty (A Devotional)

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

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Mormons, Myth, Miracles, & Magic

On any given Sunday, but especially on the first Sunday of the month, it is not uncommon to hear Latter-day Saints speak of miracles in their lives. To an objective viewer, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between some event that might qualify as a miracle and others that seem more within the realm of …

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