Tag: Sunstone Talk

The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History

The recently released book, “The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History”, by Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, is the first book to tell the story of “the largest massacre of Native Americans by federal troops in the history of the United States” from the perspective of the Shoshone Nation. In this …

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Mormonism and Community

The Mormon Church can be a very comfortable community for many people. Some people stay in the church because of the community. Many who leave struggle to find a new community. This panel explores the topic of community in the broader spectrum of Mormonism, whether in or out of the Church.

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Walking One Another Home: Why I Continue to Stay

In the introduction to the first volume of Why I Stay: The Challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons, editor Bob Rees states, “Deciding whether to stay in or leave one’s faith tradition is among the most difficult and soul-wrenching decisions a person can face.” It is a decision that is at the heart of what …

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Viewing the Bible through Restoration Scripture

The academic disciplines of history and literary criticism were in their infancy in the early 19th century. Although Christians were becoming aware that some Biblical passages, read literally, were in error (cf. Joshua commanding the sun to stand still), Joseph Smith’s own work at Bible revision (the “Inspired Version” or “Joseph Smith Translation”) illustrate the …

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The First Vision in Poetry

Two hundred years ago Joseph Smith walked into the woods near his family farm and experienced the founding vision of the Restoration. While theologians and scholars have debated the veracity and contours of Joseph’s theophany, painters and poets have attempted to capture its essence in pigment and verse. This session presents examples of both visual …

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Pastoral Hope for Spiritual Abuse

The name of God should never be invoked to coerce, shame, or frighten people into compliance—yet in a culture of “worthiness interviews” and high-demand religious expectations, this is an experience that is far too frequent. In this session, Gina Colvin and Katie Langston, seminarians and ministers, will explore how spiritual abuse damages a person’s relationship …

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