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 canon to include traditional values while dismissing contemporary moral issues as ‘political.’ In this panel, young Mormons will present a case for five moral issues frequently politicized by the contemporary Church-war, torture, environmentalism, capitalism, and dissent-arguing for their inclusion in the moral canon and discussing ways in which leaders can inspire positive change in the membership.

Ashley Sanders, Chris Nielsen, William Van Wagenen, Katy Savage, Joshua Madson