Sunstone Kirtland

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Sunstone Kirtland

October 17-18, 2015

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Ocotober 16th
6:30 pm Optional Dinner hangout at Kirtland Tavern
8:00 pm LGBTQIA Human Rights Devotional at the Kirtland Temple (Free and open to the public)
October 17th at the Kirtland Temple Visitor Center and Museum
10:00 am Kirtland Temple tour
11:00 am Lunch meet-up at Biga Pizzeria (on your own)
12:30 pm Panel Discussion: Mormons and Mystical Practices- D. Michael Quinn, Maxine Hanks
2:00 pm Conflicts in Kirtland:  Mica McGriggs
Joseph Smith and the First Temple Tradition: Kevin Christensen
3:00 pm Navigating the Landscape of Online Mormonism: Brian Dillman, Thomas Hatton, Benjamin Knoll
Faith, Evolution, and Intelligent Design: Joe Jensen
4:30 pm A Teacher for the Temple: The Infectious Exuberance of Joshua Seixas: Rick Grunder
The Female Hero in Kirtland and Beyond: Cheryl McGuire
5:30 pm Dinner served in Visitor’s Center Theater.
6:30 pm The History of the Kirtland Temple: John Hamer
7:30pm Seer stones, absorptive conscious states, and contemporary Mormon practice: Michael Ferguson
October 18th
9:00 am Temple Sanctuary Devotional: Jana Riess
10:30 am – 11:30 am A history of Women’s Healings: Fara Anderson Sneddon


Conference $50
Dinner $10


Registration prices increased  $10 at the door for a total of $60.


Saturday’s event will be at the Kirtland Temple Visitor Center and Museum located at 7809 Joseph St, Kirtland, OH 44094

Sunday’s event will be at the Historic Kirtland Temple located at 7809 Joseph St, Kirtland, OH 44094

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  1. Donna Tennant says:

    Where are the majority of people staying. There are hotels outside of Kirtland but I don’t know which is closest. Can someone clue me in. I want to register and plan my trip.

  2. Corinne says:

    Hello, I have some questions about the Kirtland temple tour, such as arrangements with places to stay or transportation perhaps a bus or car pooling, etc.?

  3. MH says:

    The Red Roof at I-90 and #306 ph. 440.946.9872 is the best of the cheaper places to stay. $90 / night.
    There are no buses along that road 306 so you need a car or call a cab service 440-749-0468.
    People might carpool after the events, since a few people will have cars.

  4. Cheryl McGuire says:

    Hi all –
    Just a note regarding my presentation on The Female Hero: I referred to a practice called gaslighting, which is a psychological manipulation technique. Only I misspoke and called it greenlighting 🙂

    Just wanted to set the record straight.

    Thanks to everyone who came!


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