Speaker: Joshua Madson

Foundational Murder The Slaying Of Laban

The Book of Mormon shows that real peace can only come if the roots of a conflict are identified and the foundational stories and beliefs that gave rise to the conflict are rejected. These foundational narratives were at the heart of Nephite and Lamanite hatred, trapping both communities in a cycle of violence. By looking …

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OCCUPY ZARAHEMLA

The Occupy movements began at Wall Street and have spread throughout the world. This panel will discuss the theory behind Occupy movements and the strong parallels between Mormon scripture and Occupy movements in terms of critiques/ solutions. We argue that as Samuel occupied the center of political and economic power in Zarahemla to decry the …

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CONFRONTING ROMNEY IN THE STREETS: GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE TO CAPITALISM AND THE MORMON 1%

As US progressives, anarchists, pacifists, queers, feminists, immigrants, and other agitators challenge US empire alongside a revitalized global justice movement, radical Mormons face the challenges and opportunities of pioneering a distinctively Mormon resistance. In this session, we’ll discuss the many kinds of direct action that challenge empire: artwork, riots, dance, strikes, fasting, sabotage, and prayer. …

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Rejecting the Stone. Why Christ Must Be the Prism through Which All War Scripture and Theology is Interpreted

Rejecting the Stone. Why Christ Must Be the Prism through Which All War Scripture and Theology is Interpreted The two presenters are currently working on a book discussing a Christ-centric approach towards issues of war and peace in scripture and LDS theology. Throughout our tradition’s existence, Latter-day Saints have selectively drawn upon war narratives from …

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What Makes an Issue ‘Moral’?

What Makes an Issue ‘Moral’? One of the primary roles of religion is to address moral issues and ameliorate social problems. But in a politically and economically globalized world, religion must revisit what counts as moral and expand the scope of its obligations to address contemporary problems. In many ways, Mormonism has restricted its moral …

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