Speaker: Gina Colvin

Pastoral Hope for Spiritual Abuse

The name of God should never be invoked to coerce, shame, or frighten people into compliance—yet in a culture of “worthiness interviews” and high-demand religious expectations, this is an experience that is far too frequent. In this session, Gina Colvin and Katie Langston, seminarians and ministers, will explore how spiritual abuse damages a person’s relationship …

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I Go to Two Churches

It seems strange to go to another church when you already attend the only true and living church on the face of the earth. But the members of this panel have actually found that supplementing their LDS church-going with another religious tradition has enriched their spiritual lives and made them better people. Stephen Carter, Gina …

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Sacred Resistance: Mormon Women Marching

The Women’s March on Washington inspired many Mormon women to gather in sisterhood. Some of us carried the names of those who could not gather physically, sharing a vicarious experience. In Washington D.C., Natasha Helfer Parker and Gina Colvin led a retreat for Mormon feminists who had come to the march. In this panel, we …

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Standing at the Crossroads of Identity and Faith

The LDS Church professes to be a worldwide church, and its teachings proclaim that all are welcome. However, the Church tends to become mired in issues that are primarily of concern of those who live in the “Mormon Corridor” in the United States, taking political positions that are alienating rather than welcoming to those outside …

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Contemplations on a Mormon Intrafaith Marriage

In this session, Nathan McCluskey and Gina Colvin will reflect on 24 years of their Mormon marriage where some of their most persistent conflicts have been over levels of religious observance. Without any guarantees or assurances, they will discuss their past and current conflicts, negotiations, and resolutions as they decide how to manage their intrafaith …

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Extraordinary Ordinary Women

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s well-known aphorism, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” was initially meant not to call attention to the importance of unconventional women’s lives, but to the importance of ordinary women’s lives. This panel will explore the lives of women, both ordinary and extraordinary, that help us better understand our past, give us insights into …

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The American Church Through Other Eyes

The LDS Church exerts considerable cultural influence in its international congregations. The term ‘gospel culture’ has been used by LDS leadership as a directive to replace local cultural understandings of the gospel of Jesus Christ with American LDS interpretations of it. What kinds of risks does this directive cultivate? What kinds of resistance does it …

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