Come, Come, Ye Saints: Processing and Perspective of Current Events

An evening offering hope and healing with Maxine Hanks, Ronda Callister, Natasha Helfer Parker, Chelsea Shields Strayer, and Dan Wotherspoon as moderator

 

It’s been a rough few weeks with Kate Kelly of Ordain Women being excommunicated and John Dehlin’s status up in the air. Many of us have been pained and dismayed. What will the future hold for us and our church that we yearn to become more transparent, inclusive, and equal in its treatment of all? Despite current events, we have hope. Come join us for some perspective and processing in the company of good faithful souls and sound minds.
Brinn Bagley of Matteo will set our spirits in a good place with music. A prayer will be offered and then we’ll take about a half an hour for those who wish to share BRIEFLY how they’ve felt about these recent events. Then each panelist will take 10 minutes or so to express their thoughts with Dan Wotherspoon facilitating. This will be followed with a Q&A from the audience. Paper and pens will be passed around for questions to be submitted as well as an open forum for questions from the audience.

 

Time:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
We encourage you to come a 15 minutes early. The evening will be more productive and helpful with minimal interruptions.

Location: 

(NOTICE DIFFERENT ADDRESS)
Home of Ed and Kristen Iversen
3582 Oak Rim Way Salt Lake City, UT 84109

We encourage all who can walk a block to leave their cars in the “park & ride” lot nearby. See Google map pict below. And car pool if you can. It’s good for God’s green earth. 

BYOW&C: Bring your own water and chair. Since this gathering has been thrown together quickly we want to keep it simple. We’ll have some chairs but we expect a boatload of people so we want to be prepared. No Lazy-Boy’s though, the smaller the chair the more that can fit in. 

 

1624274_1522653481292243_1954226496_nMaxine Hanks

One of the “September Six” who were excommunicated in 1993, she returned to LDS Church membership in 2012. In those years of “non-membership” Maxine studied Christian liturgy and clergy formation, also serving in interfaith ministry and chaplaincy.

Maxine lectures and writes on Mormon studies and women’s studies in religion. Her work focuses on gender in Mormonism and in Christianity, and explores other themes in Mormon studies and religious studies. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard Divinity School, and a research fellow with the Utah Humanities Council. She has lectured at the University of Utah, and guest lectured at Utah Valley U., Salt Lake Community College, Weber State U., Harvard Divinity School, and Claremont Grad. U. Her first book, Women and Authority, excavated Mormon feminist history, theology, discourse, and women’s authority. Subsequent books include Mormon Faith in America, and Getting Together With Yesterday. Her essays appear in anthologies such as Religion in America (2005), Secrets of Mary Magdalene (2006), and Latter-day Dissent (2011), among others.

In 2012 she shared her journey at Sunstone

 

Ronda_CallisterRonda Callister

Ronda Callister studies and publishes in top academic journals on conflict and anger expressions in organizations, dispute resolution in other cultures, and the impact of gender on careers. Ronda led a major campus change effort as the Principal Investigator on a $3 million NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. She leads workshops and teaches courses on negotiation and third party dispute resolution.

Professor Callister is the recipient of multiple awards for her research and teaching. She has held the Vernon Maughan Buehler and Maree C. Buehler Endowed Professorship since 2006. In 2009 she was selected as the Utah State University Women and Gender Research Institute’s Distinguished Professor in 2009. She was selected as the College of Business Researcher of the Year in 2007 and the College of Business Teacher of the Year in 2001. In 2012 Ronda presented a TED talk about reducing the barriers to the contributions of women.

Ronda is active in several professional organizations and has held administrative positions within the Academy of Management in the Conflict Management Division and in the International Association of Conflict Management. She previously served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior and a number of others.

Ronda has a Ph. D., in Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996 Emphasis: Social Psychology and Research Methods, MBA, University of Utah, 1980. BS, Business Management, Brigham Young University, 1977

 

NatashaNatasha Helfer Parker

Natasha has been married for 16 years and has four children. She received her undergraduate at BYU in psychology and her masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she currently has a private practice working with couples, individuals and families. Natasha specializes in sex therapy and faith transitions within a systems framework.

Currently an active member of the church, Natasha considers herself comfortable in both traditional and nontraditional settings within LDS practice and membership.

Natasha podcasts through Mormon Mental Health, part of the Open Stories Foundation that John Dehlin founded. She has been a regular guest on Dan Wotherspoon’s Mormon Matters podcasts and often posts on Patheos. Natasha’s hope is to help members of the LDS church develop healthy relationships with their spirituality, their religious culture, their interpersonal relationships and their individual selves. As in most religious communities, there can be extreme pain and anxiety when things don’t go as traditionally planned – specifically when members find themselves outside of orthodox belief or practice.

On June 16 she posted this statement on The Mormon Therapist within Patheos: Room For All In This Church

 

closeChelsea Shields Strayer

Chelsea is a biological and cultural anthropologist who specializes in research on the health effects of social belonging, specifically the beneficial and adverse consequences of religion and ritual. She just completed her dissertation on The Social Life of Placebos based on over a decade of fieldwork in the Asante region of Ghana, West Africa

Chelsea is the mother of an adorable 4 year old daughter and currently working as an adjunct professor, freelance consultant and TED fellow. Her research and personal religious beliefs recently collided in a feature on the TED blog about “Why Belonging Matters.”

The impact of religious social belonging is not a foreign concept to Chelsea. She comes from a long line of pioneer ancestors and religious educators and was raised in a very traditional LDS home where her father was a CES Institute Director and her mother a SAHM of 8 children.

Chelsea has been grappling with intellectual, historical and gender issues in the church for about fifteen years and she chronicled some of those experiences as the blogger Whoa-man at Exponent, in podcasts on ritual and temples, motherhood, LDS salvation theology, the problem of evil, effecting change, and spiritual adventures at Mormon Matters, Why I Stay at Mormon Stories, and monthly discussions at The Mormon Women’s Round table at Patheos and in interviews at Feminist Mormon Housewives and The Mormon Women Project. Chelsea is a prominent feminist activist for religious gender equality. She is president of Mormons for ERA, and on the executive board for Ordain Women and LDS WAVE: Women Advocating for Voice and Equality, executive producer of an upcoming film on Mormon feminism and global religious inequality and contributes regularly to blogs, conferences, articles and podcasts. Her biggest contribution to Mormon feminism so far might be explicating some of the very distinct and clear gender inequalities that currently exist in the church in her two widely shared articles and lists: “I Feel Unequal When” from Ask a Feminist on LDS WAVE and “Mormon Male Privilege and How to Make Apparent Gender Disparity in the Church” from the Exponent blog.

 

Dan_Sig Book portraitDan Wotherspoon

Dan Wotherspoon is a free-lance writer, editor, and podcaster—now in his fourth year of hosting the popular MormonMatters podcast. From 2001 to 2008, he served as editor of Sunstone magazine and director of the Sunstone Education Foundation. Since its inception, he has also been an active participant in the work and development of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, currently serving as a secretary on its executive committee. In 2013, Dan edited and wrote the introduction to The Challenge of Honesty: Essays for Latter-Day Saints by Frances Lee Menlove. He is currently at work with co-author Boyd Jay Petersen on a biography of prominent Mormon teacher, writer, and organizer Eugene England.

He 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.

He has been married to Lorri Hubbard Wotherspoon for 28 years, and they have two grown children. They live in Bountiful, Utah.

 

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June 6: What would the optimal church look like? A thought experiment

Carlisle HunsakerDialogue Lead: Carlisle Hunsaker

Time:
Friday, June 6, 2014, 7:30 pm

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

Carlisle enjoyed 25 years as an instructor at the U of U Institute of Religion. The past 25 years have been devoted to providing mindfulness training at a local hospital. He currently sees patients at the hospital on a part-time basis, as well as working with clients in a private-office setting. Carlisle is also writing a book to explain his approach to mindfulness training, with the tentative title: The Eupraxic Mind.

He and his son, Rob, both had articles in March’s issue of Sunstone Magazine. Below in Carlisle’s words, are his interests and his hopes for this discussion:

“I cannot lay claim to an extensive corpus of published writings. My store of unpublished writing is more substantial and it will continue to expand because writing, more than any other activity, forces me to push against the ever-present force of mental sloth. Writing also provides some respite from our current, noisy cultural forces.

I have not been interested in intellectual specialization. Thank god for those who are, but I’m easily bored with the microscopic effort to mine obscure nuggets related to a specific historical era or issue. Nor do I experience a passionate response to the jargon and technicalities of philosophy and theology. I’m much more interested in those who paint with a broader brush. What is the good life? What are the essential components of human fulfillment? And what are the forces and the toxic beliefs that contribute to human misery? I’ve provided you two of my published “broad-brush” efforts.

Now, with regard to meeting with the Faith Again group, I would like to lead a discussion designed to explore the implications of a thought experiment. Rather than beginning with the current institutional practices and policies, along with the widely accepted and sanctioned theological/doctrinal framework, let us temporarily put all of that to the side and make the effort to articulate a rough-draft version of human life at its highest pitch. What does human fulfillment look like? What are its essential components, and what must one have and/or experience if one is to find the living of one’s life deeply fulfilling?

With our portrait of optimal human experience in hand, let us return to institutional and theological/doctrinal matters. But now our task is two-fold. First, we must conjure an institutional milieu which would provide the spiritual environment conducive to our version of human fulfillment. Second, we must define the theological/doctrinal points of emphasis which would be most supportive of optimal human functioning and experience. For example, with our view of optimal human experience in mind, how should we view and teach:

  • the atonement
  • the fall
  • the process of revelation
  • the best approach to public and private worship
  • the approach to same sex attraction and marriage
  • the attitude toward women and other gender issues
  • the relationship between authority and agency
  • the role of the family
  • the post-mortal realm
  • the process of judgment,
  • the Socratic dilemma—is it good because god commands it, or does god command it because it is good?
  • the extent to which the institution should
  • the gospel stance toward work

This list represents only the tip of the iceberg. The essence of the thought experiment is to reverse the sequence from starting with the established institutional and theological framework and trying to make our lives fit that framework, to starting with our description of human experience in its optimal mode, and then imagining a theological/institutional framework which would be supportive of human fulfillment.

I’m looking forward to a discussion that would tap into the honesty and wisdom of the good people who attend this group.”

Best, Carlisle

Preparation Materials:

Soul making or is there life before death

Mormonism and a Tragic Sense of Life

 

May 2: The Kingdom of God is Within You: Meditation and The Inner Path of Spiritual Rebirth

IMG_2906Dialogue lead: Philip McLemore

Time: Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:30-10:00 pm
(NOTICE DIFFERENT TIME)

Location: (NOTICE DIFFERENT ADDRESS)
Home of Ed and Kristen Iverson
3582 Oak Rim Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Cost: $15.00 Please RSVP via faithagaingroup@gmail.com

Philip McLemore was the Institute of Religion director at the University of Georgia and Auburn University, AL from 1977-1984. He then served for 20 years as an active-duty Air Force Chaplain, retiring in 2004. As a military chaplain, Philip specialized in marriage counseling, stress and crisis management, and care for trauma victims. From 2005-2011, he worked as a hospice chaplain and meditation instructor. Since then he has been exclusively devoted to teaching meditation and spiritual growth processes. Trained by world- renowned meditation masters, Philip is an expert in ancient and modern forms of meditation and contemplative prayer. He is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles on meditation and spiritual awakening and is a popular instructor at meditation retreats and seminars. Philip and his wife Kim have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren and live in West Point, UT, with their family of dogs, chickens, and rabbits.

Meditation is not just one of many spiritual disciplines but the consummation of all spiritual disciplines. It is the deepest form of prayer that leads one to conscious communion with God and spiritual rebirth. All of the secondary benefits of meditation such as stress reduction, lower blood pressure, strengthened immune system, slowing of the aging process, etc, are also manifest as one pursues this joyful, “inner” path. The scriptures teach that a “still mind” and a “pure heart” are necessary to “see” and “know” God; it is in this “seeing” and “knowing” that we are reborn in the image of Christ. Meditation properly understood and practiced results in the still mind and pure heart.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The philosophical and theological principles that support a fruitful meditation practice
  • The ancient practice of Self-Inquiry and guided meditations, which are designed to help one “glimpse the soul”
  • Mystery teachings of Jesus designed to bring us into a state of Oneness with God
  • Step by step instructions in classic meditation, how to begin or deepen your practice, what to expect, and how to overcome common obstacles
  • The principles and practice of Christian Contemplative Prayer
  • How to eliminate unproductive, conditioned thought and behavior patterns and how to live with greater awareness and joy
  • How to awaken in Christ Consciousness and experience the divinity of your soul https://www.247autolocksmith.com

Why the cost for this dialogue?

That’s because this is less dialogue and more training. The cost is half of what Phil would normally charge per person. For perspective, the TM meditation course costs $1000.00 plus per person. Deepak Chopra’s Primordial Sound Meditation program, which is mostly taught by people with less experience than he has, is about $400 per person. (Phillip trained under Chopra). None of these show how Mormonism/Christianity is harmonious with the wisdom of the meditative traditions. Proceeds go to fund the animal hospice that Phillip and his wife operate as well as cover costs for handouts etc.

Note: Please carpool where possible. Parking is limited. Feel free to bring a pillow and water bottle as well as food to share.

Some important resources to read ahead of time:

A Mormon’s Spiritual Transformation through Meditation & the Hindu Yogic Tradition

The Kingdom of God is Within You—Believing It, Trusting It, Accessing It

MORMON MANTRAS: A JOURNEY OF SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

THE YOGA OF CHRIST

Friday, April 4: Just what is revelation?

Harrell 10Just in time for conference. This is a subject I’ve been chewing on ever since our first Faith Again with Jim McConkie. Charley seems perfect to address it. Thanks to Dan Wotherspoon for recommending him.

Dialogue lead: Charley Harrell

Time: Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

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

Mr. Harrell is an associate professor of engineering and technology at Brigham Young University and founder of ProModel Corporation, a company specializing in simulation and predictive analytics. He has authored or co-authored several books on the use of simulation in manufacturing and service industries. He is also a theological enthusiast who has authored doctrinal articles in BYU Studies, Studies in the Scriptures and the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. His most recent work is titled “This is My Doctrine,” The Development of Mormon Theology and is published by Kofford Books.

Preparation Materials:

Patriarchal Blessings http://mormonmatters.org/2012/01/10/69-patriarchal-blessings/

Grant Underwood, “Relishing the Revisions: Joseph Smith and the Revelatory Process,” http://devotional.byuh.edu/node/327

An Incarnational Model of Scripture http://biologos.org/uploads/projects/enns_scholarly_essay2.pdf

The Evolution of Mormon Doctrine http://mormonstories.org/317-318-byu-professor-charles-harrell-and-the-evolution-of-mormon-doctrine/

Truth in Revelation and Scripture http://mormonmatters.org/2012/08/08/117-118-truth-in-revelation-and-scripture/

The Book of Abraham as Scripture http://mormonmatters.org/2014/02/21/213-214-the-book-of-abraham-as-scripture/

Questions for Discussion

  1. What constitutes revelation?
  2. What makes revelation the rock upon which the LDS Church is built?
  3. Is revelation infallible?
  4. How do we know whether a revelation is correct?
  5. What does revelation (e.g., scripture) tell us about the nature of revelation?
  6. What does the observational evidence tell us about the nature of revelation?
  7. How do we reconcile the self-testimony of revelation with the observational evidence about revelation?
  8. How does revelation occur and what role does the human receptor of revelation play in the revelatory process?
  9. Can individuals outside the Church receive legitimate revelations?
  10. Are they legitimate if they conflict with LDS revelations?
  11. How does prophetic revelation provide a model for personal revelation?
  12. Is revelation received according to our expectations or according to God’s view?

March: “The Neck That Turns the Head:” A Historical and Contemporary Exploration of Mormon Women, Priesthood, and Separationist Ideology

Andrea 2013 1Discussion lead:
Andrea Radke-Moss

Time:
Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

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

Andrea Radke-Moss is a professor of history at BYU-Idaho, where she teaches courses in American history, including American West and Industrial Age. She just got a U.S. Women’s history course approved for the Fall catalog. Andrea’s book, Bright Epoch was published in 2008 with the University of Nebraska Press. It traces the history of women’s experiences at land-grant colleges in the American West. She has researched and published in Mormon women’s history, most recently, Mormon women in the Missouri War of 1838, women in higher education, and women’s experiences at World’s Fairs. She blogs at Juvenile Instructor, and appeared on Rafio West last year discussing Mormon women. She lives in Rexburg with her husband, Stephen, and two children.

Below are resources to pursue in preparation:

Strands-of-Priesthood

Some women are concerned that they don’t hold the priesthood.

Protecting Women

Some Thoughts on the Inevitable Failure of the Ordain Women Movement

Men, Women, and Priesthood Session

Gender and Priesthood

“What has not been assumed has not been healed”: Ordain Women and the “androgyny” of Christ

 

 

February: Navigating the Inner Journey

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Discussion Lead:
Maxine Hanks

Time:
Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

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

Travel with Maxine as she leaves and returns to the the LDS Church working through faith, history, authority, and gender equality issues. Maxine Hanks was one of the Mormon “September Six” in 1993, afterward studying Christian liturgy and clergy formation since 1996, also serving in interfaith ministry and chaplaincy since 1999. She returned to LDS Church membership in 2012.

Maxine lectures and writes on Mormon studies and women’s studies in religion. Her work focuses on gender in Mormonism and in Christianity, and explores other themes in Mormon studies and religious studies. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard Divinity School, and a research fellow with the Utah Humanities Council. She has lectured at the University of Utah, and guest lectured at Utah Valley U., Salt Lake Community College, Weber State U., Harvard Divinity School, and Claremont Grad. U. Her first book, Women and Authority, excavated Mormon feminist history, theology, discourse, and women’s authority. Subsequent books include Mormon Faith in America, and Getting Together With Yesterday. Her essays appear in anthologies such as Religion in America (2005), Secrets of Mary Magdalene (2006), and Latter-day Dissent (2011), among others.

Below are valuable resources to pursue in preparation:

Maxine Hanks

Mormon Stories talk, March 2012:

 

Pillars of My Faith

Maxine Hanks at Feminist Mormon Housewives

Map of the Hero’s Journey

A Simple guide to the Hero’s Journey

Thousand Faces Collected by Joseph-Campbell

January: Post-Manifesto Polygamy

Discussion Lead:
Barbara Jones Brown

Barbara and Lorna

Time:
Friday, January 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

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

We have the very good fortune of having Barbara Jones Brown present and lead a discussion on a topical subject. The church just made history this past month by officially posting on their web site some of the more thorny issues of our history, including post-manifesto polygamy.

Barbara has written and spoken extensively about “post-Manifesto polygamy,” or the Latter-day Saint practice of plural marriage after 1890. She is the biographer of Lorna Call Alder, who was born and raised in northern Mexico’s polygamous Mormon “colonies” in the early twentieth-century. (105 year old Lorna is next to Barbara in the photo above.) Brown won Utah State University’s Leonard J. Arrington Award for her work on this subject. She holds a master’s degree in American History from the University of Utah, where she was a Floyd A. O’Neil Scholar and a U.S. Department of Education fellow. She was the content editor of Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley and Glen M. Leonard’s Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Oxford University Press, 2008) and is now at work on its sequel.

As always, our discussions are more fruitful if we take the time to read ahead. Please become familiar with some of the following:

The Church’s official presentation of the topic in Gospel Topics

Here’s a historical essay Barbara wrote about polygamy, including post-manifesto polygamy, and her personal struggle to understand my ancestors and others who practiced it.

Want to dig deeper? Barbara suggests the following:

D. Michael Quinn, LDS Church Authority and New Plural Marriages, 1890–1904, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 1985, 9–105.

For those who want to really delve into this topic, here’s a few books on the topic:

B. Carmon Hardy, Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage

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Kathleen Flake, The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle (University of North Carolina Press, 2003)

Kathryn Daynes, More Wives Than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910 (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

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