Speaker: Holly Welker

MORMONS AND MORMONISM AS POLITICAL FARCE

“Mormon humor” is a concept that would startle many non-Mormons, but despite the warning in D&C 59:15 that “much laughter . . . is sin,” Mormons have long appreciated a good laugh. Simultaneously willing to laugh at themselves and sensitive to criticism, Mormons must answer the question: If you can’t laugh at a man claiming …

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THE VAGINA TESTIMONIES

In 1996, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues explored the role of female genitalia in female empowerment, individuality, and sense of self. Her later work evolved to address women’s body images and violence against women. A 2001 SUNSTONE session entitled “Sacred Spaces: Mormon Women’s Faith and Sexuality” and nicknamed “the Mormon Vagina Monologues” featured LDS …

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POETRY READING/PANEL

Contributing poets read and discuss their work published in Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Centruy Mormon Poets. Tyler Chadwick, Neil Aitken, Karen Kelsay, Elisa Pulido’s Laura Stotts, Holly Welker

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IMAGES OF THE DIVINE FEMININE

This session will begin with Margaret Toscano’s slide lecture of images of goddesses and women represented in pre-historic statues, contemporary paintings, and sculptures. Taken primarily from Western art, they show how our reality is shaped by the images we make and how our limited discourse about the Female God has also limited our access to …

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HEAVENLY MOTHER AND THE LETTER OF THE LAW

President Hinckley has told us that Jesus Christ forbids our praying to Heavenly Mother. But heavenly parents who refuse communication with their children seem unworthy of their status as gods, and a mother who will not hear or acknowledge her children is not a helpful role model for Latterday Saints. Therefore, there must be some …

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