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December: Reasons for Our Hope in Christ

IMG_39081 Peter 3:15

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”

For this month we’d like to invite you to come prepared to share your reasons for finding hope in Christ. We will have asked a few of you in advance to get us warmed up, beginning with our hosts, Mark and Elisabeth England.

And in the spirit of the season, we invite you (if you are not over-burdened with charitable giving) to bring items or money to donate to the Road Home. Attached is a list of needed items.

We have reasons to hope that you will join us for a lovely holiday sharing event. And we’ll likely sing a few holiday appropriate songs too.

Time

Friday, December 6, 7:30 pm

Location

Mark and Elizabeth England’s Home
1194 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

November: Joseph Smith and Plural Marriage

Discussion Lead
Brian C. Hales

Brian C. Hales, board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah, graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology and from the University of Utah’s College of Medicine. His seventh and latest book is Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto (Salt Lake City: Kofford Books, 2007) was awarded the “Best Book of 2007” prize from the John Whitmer Historical Association.

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He authored Setting the Record Straight: Mormon Fundamentalism (2008) and The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective (1992). Hales has published articles in Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the Journal of Mormon History. He also contributed a chapter to The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy, edited by Newell Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster (2010). He is also webmaster of www.MormonFundamentalism.com and www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com. In addition to a full-time LDS mission in Venezuela (1976-78), he has served as a music missionary (1999 -). Professionally, Hales has served as president of the Utah Medical Association and as president of the Medical Staff at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. He is the father of four adult children.

Resources

Latest interview with FAIR
Book signing at Benchmark Book
Book Review

John Dehlin interviews:
Brian Hales Pt. 1 – A Refutation of Grant Palmer’s Treatment of Sexual Allegations Against Joseph Smith
Brian Hales Pt. 2 – 12 Myths Regarding Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

Brian’s websites:
www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com
www.MormonFundamentalism.com
Author page at Amazon

Location

Mark and Elizabeth England’s Home
1194 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Time

Friday, November 8 @ 7:30 pm

October: Fowler’s Stages of Faith

Discussion Lead
Dan Wotherspon

Dan WotherspoonDan Wotherspoon is a free-lance writer, editor, and manager whose most recent projects include the creation of the website for the Eugene England Foundation (http://www.eugeneengland.org) and serving as director of communications for the Foundation for InterReligious Diplomacy (http://fidweb.org/) and co-writing with its president, Charles Randall Paul, a book titled Fighting about God: Why We Do It and How to Do It Better. For the eight years prior to that, he served as editor of Sunstone magazine and director of the Sunstone Education Foundation, and he now serves on its board of directors. Since its inception, he has been an active participant in the work and development of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, currently serving on its board, as a secretary for its executive committee, and as an associate editor ofElement, the society’s journal. In September 2010, Wotherspoon will also join long-time friend and associate John Dehlin as a host and producer of the Mormon Stories podcast (http://mormonstories.org).

Wotherspoon has a Ph.D. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, where he wrote his dissertation on theological resources within Mormonism for affirming a robust environmental sensibility. He also has an M.A. in religious studies from Arizona State University, where he focused on world religions and ritual studies, ultimately writing his thesis on theories of ritual empowerment. He also has a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in classical civilizations from Brigham Young University.

Wotherspoon and his wife Lorri are about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. They have two children, Alex (23) and Hope (16), and live in Tooele, Utah. He is currently soliciting additional writing, editing, and project management clients and can be reached by email at dan.wotherspoon@me.com.

Discussion Topic
Fowler’s Stages of Faith

 

Reading

Taking Faith Development Seriously
When I Needed it Most by Dan Wotherspoon
Integral Life – The Stages of Faith

Location

Mark and Elizabeth England’sHome
1194 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Time

Friday, October 11 @ 7:30 pm

First Discussion: Navigating Our Faith — The Truth Will Cut its Own Way

Discussion Lead
James McConkie

James McConkie

Jim will speak about suggestions on how to deal with questions and information (historical or otherwise) that arise in connection with Mormonism that challenge our belief and allegiance to the Church and its leaders.

Reading

Scholarship – Brown, H.B
Letter to a Doubter – Givens, Terryl
Love is not Blind – Hafen, Bruce

Location

Mark and Elizabeth England’sHome
1194 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Time

Friday, September 13 @ 7:30 pm