The LDS Church traces its origins to western New York state in the USA. The Church’s early history was defined in part by its missionary activities, and England was one of the earliest places to be proselytised, due to the shared language. Some early members were also English, of English origin, living in the USA.

Today, Mormonism is a diverse and international religion. Sunstone will host its first ever conference outside of America in an effort to reflect and recognize the diversity of a global church. Our first international conference will be hosted in Birmingham, England on February 26th, 2016.


Sunstone Europe, Birmingham, England

February 26-28, 2016

**IMPORTANT: Space is very limited. There are only 100 available tickets to this conference.**

6:00 pm Mormon Stories Gathering Cancelled for Friday evening. A gathering will be scheduled for Saturday night following the Sunstone event. Check the UK Mormon Stories group on FB for more updates.
8:30 am Registration
8:45 am

Opening Devotional: 

Hymn #128, Come Ye Thankful People

Opening Prayer: TBA

 9:00 am
Concurrent Sessions

John Hatch – “‘God Once Was’: The Birth, Rise, and Fall of a Mormon Couplet”


Sheldon Kent – “Joseph Smith as an Occultural Bricoleur”

10:15 pm

John Dehlin: The Challenges of Modern Mormonism

11:30 pm  Lunch: TBA


1:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

Unity in Diversity – How Community of Christ See Scripture With: Carla Long, Andrew Fox


Mormon Lit – With: George Smith, John Hatch



2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions


Mark Johnson, Sally Norton – “Young, Free and LDS in the UK – Insight and Stories of the UK Mormon Social Scene”


Devery Anderson – “Called but Not Ordained: The Trials of Willard Richards While an Apostle-to-Be in Britain”

 4:00 pm BREAKOUT GROUPS AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS:  Borders of our Faith: LDS and Community of Christ relationship
  • Apostates or cousins?
  • What are our differences/similarities?
  • How can we partner to move towards common goals?

With: Henning Mueller, Robin Linkhart


5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

Lindsay Hansen Park- “A Polygamous Church: How the Restoration was and is shaped by Plural Marriage”

George Smith- “British Contributions to Mormon Scripture and Marriage Practices”

Michael J. Stevens – “Global Competencies for a Global Church: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”



Sunday, February 28th
10:30 am – Noon Worship Service with Community of Christ TBA



Conference $45 USD
Lunch $15 USD
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Registration prices will increase by $10 at the door.





Find a hotel in Birmingham

Please email Lindsay Hansen Park at with any questions.




Saturday’s event will be at the Community of Christ British Isles located at 769 Yardley Wood Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B13, UK.


  1. Luke says:

    This is unbelievably right on my door step. I am just over a mile from here. I can not wait. I attend the local LDS congregation although a sunstone thinker, and I offer my help in any way to anyone who needs it to attend the event or in any other way. Please get in touch with me.

  2. James F. says:

    This looks great! Just wondering why there are so many American/Utah presenters on the program, with so many Mormon Studies scholars in Europe.

  3. mark says:

    Would be good to hear more promoting of this on the various podcasts??? Can we get a shout out to drum up some numbers??

  4. melinda gardner says:

    If I only wanted to attend a specific session (two speakers to be exact); can I pay per session? How much?

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