Speaker: Frances Lee Menlove

Perspectives on Women and Ordination

women’s ordination has been a hot topic among Mormons in 2013. This panel will discuss women’s ordination in early christianity, in other restoration churches, recent activism by the group ordain women, and what the path toward ordination might look like for ldS women. Frances Lee Menlove, Susan D. (Skoor) Oxley, Natalie Kelly, Mary Ellen Robertson

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A MODERN CONCEIT: THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND POLITICS

How should we think about politics and religion? What did the intersection of politics and religion look like in first-century palestine during the time of Jesus and his earliest followers? What about now, in contemporary America? We will contemplate these tricky issues, especially as they relate to president J. Reuben Clark’s searing question, “What has …

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Trusting Smallness In An Infinity Squared Universe

Just within our lifetime, the frontiers of our universe have been pushed outward in ways that take language and comprehension beyond their limits. God’s declaration that the creation was “good” takes on added gravitas, added awe, now that scientists have given us a vastly bigger glimpse of creation. But the small story is just as …

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SL10301: Devotional: Gratitude: A Contagious Choice

Gratitude is deeply rooted in the monotheistic religions as well as in eastern forms of spirituality. Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Through story and a smidgen of contemporary social science research, we will explore the notion that gratitude is not only a choice but …

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SL09301 Devotional: Hope is the Thing With Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.” Emily Dickinson We need hope as our companion as we try to navigate through our rapidly changing and often unstable world. Can we get control of violence before we destroy ourselves? Can we take care of the planet before we destroy it? Can we …

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Living the Questions: Loving the Mysteries

Living the Questions: Loving the Mysteries ‘Be patient with all that is unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves.’ Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926 Are you a ‘without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt’ believer? A 100 percenter for all church teachings? If your answer is ‘Well, not really’ or even ‘Heck, no’, do not despair. Hold your head …

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MORNING REFLECTIONS WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT

MORNING REFLECTIONS WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT “The way we spend our days is, of course, the way we spend our lives.” , ANNIE DILLARD How do we stay in touch, in daily touch, with what is most essential? What basic instruction would you give yourself to reflect on, for perhaps one minute a day? …

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Compassion With Action

Compassion With Action There are a lot of discomforting stories in the Bible. The story of the final great division of the sheep and the goats in the 25th chapter of Matthew is certainly one of these. Perhaps this story has a message for us today. We will explore this story, and I will confess …

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Worship Service. Prejudice: A Clash Between Christ And Culture

This session is a worship service in keeping with the Community of Christ’s emphasis on peace and justice. It features a sermon dealing with racism, sexism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and the inhuman treatment of children born out of wedlock, along with prayers and congregational singing from the Community of Christ peace hymn William D. Russell, …

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Walking The Road To Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 tells the curious and haunting story of two of Jesus’ disciples walking the long dusty road to Emmaus, discouraged and heartbroken after the crucifixion. They meet Jesus on the road, but they don’t recognize him. He walks and talks with them. Still they don’t recognize him. Could the road to Emmaus run through …

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