Speaker: Jody England Hansen

Break Open The Vessel, Pour The Oil, Cut The Cords

I sense that many women are following an inner call to claim direct connection to divine presence and power. This paper looks at the ebb and flow of this movement through the author’s life, and the often overlooked examples of women in our history and scriptures that offer a great pattern for claiming authority that …

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Thoughts and Prayers: A Panel on Speculative Theology

Last year, I gave a prayer at Affirmation’s international conference, framing it as a possible future theology. I find myself speculating on ways that different views of a radically inclusive God could be expressed in prayers and discussion. This presentation will share possible future theologies, especially as part of our tradition of a living church, …

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Listen to Your Mother! Love IS All You Need

Sometimes, when I am reading scriptures, or history, or thinking about what is happening, I hear Her. Sometimes it is a conversation, sometimes it is just Her. She needs no protection. I do not need permission to listen to my Mother, my Sister, my God. This is sharing time. I will speak of some of …

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

At a recent Mormon Women’s Retreat, I was asked what I felt to be the greatest problem or challenge facing the Church today. My thoughts on this go beyond policy, doctrine, and politics. In this presentation, I approach this challenge with a single question: “Is changing the way we live in the world more frightening …

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They, Them, Their: Seeing God on the Spectrum

Much of the world has created God to fit into a binary concept of gender—either male or female. This session explores how God could present across the gender spectrum, displaying traits such as being nurturing, life-giving, strong, compassionate, weeping, and the qualities of the priesthood described in Section 121. Could focusing on the qualities we …

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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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Enjoying the Temple with Fresh Eyes

For many, the Mormon temple experience is first jarring, then inspiring, and eventually repetitive, dull, and monotonous. How might we enliven temple worship and service? Are there ways of approaching it that can add life, personal and communal empowerment, and richer views and experiences? Meet three people for whom this answer is a resounding yes. …

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