Posts Tagged ‘ Sunstone ’

Bonus: The Story of D. Michael Quinn — In His Own Words

January 4, 2008
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No I was not able to get an interview with D. Michael Quinn — but my buddy Clay turned me on to this 1994 Sunstone “Pillars of My Faith” presentation by Michael Quinn — and it does a wonderful job telling Michael Quinn’s story, in his own words. Love him, hate him, or indifferent — D. Michael Quinn will go down as one of the most important Mormons of the 20th century. This is his story, in his own words.

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110: Lessons on the Costs and Benefits of Big Church Changes: From the RLDS Church to the LDS Church, With Love

January 1, 2008
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This is a presentation given at the 2000 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium entitled: “The Decade of the Sixties: The Early Struggles in the RLDS Shift from Sect to Denomination”. It is a discussion of how, during the 1960s the RLDS Church made very decisive steps toward shedding its sectarian past. It began the decade clearly rooted in the sectarian world view. But by the end of the decade, many of the church’s leaders and a reasonable number of its members had adopted liberal views, down-playing traditional unique Latter Day Saint doctrines. Today, the RLDS Church (or Community of Christ as…

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109: How to Stay in the LDS Church after Losing Your Faith

January 1, 2008
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In this seminar (recorded live at the 2007 Northwest Sunstone Symposium in Seattle), I discuss techniques for staying in the LDS church after a major trial of faith. Additional links include: The essay from which I based this presentation. The PowerPoint deck from this presentation. The music used in this presentation (please purchase from the authors if you like) The videos from this presentation

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107: Elbert Peck and Sunstone Magazine Pt. 4 – The September Six and the Decline of Sunstone

December 19, 2007
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In part 4 of this 4 part series, Elbert Eugene Peck (editor of Sunstone Magazine from 1986 to 2001) discusses the 1993 September Six excommunications, the decline of Sunstone, and his thoughts on Sunstone’s future.

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Sunstone Magazine Quoted Today on NBC’s Meet the Press

December 16, 2007
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Kinda fun. Sunstone magazine (or San-stone) was quoted today on NBC’s Meet the Press interview with Mitt Romney. You can access the entire interview here, and the question/quote begins around time code 4:37. Go Sunstone!!!

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106: Elbert Peck and Sunstone Magazine Pt. 3 – “Alternative Voices”

December 16, 2007
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In part 3 of this 4 part series, Elbert Eugene Peck (editor of Sunstone Magazine from 1986 to 2001) discusses the events leading up to the 1993 September Six excommunications, including the “Alternative Voices” speech by Dallin H. Oaks in 1989, and the First Presidency’s “Statement on Symposia” in 1991 — all of which contributed heavily to the decline of Sunstone from 1993 to present. *** Warning: This episode contains some profanity ***

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105: Elbert Peck and Sunstone Magazine Pt. 2 – The People of Sunstone

December 13, 2007
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In part 2 of this 4 part series, Elbert Peck (Editor of Sunstone Magazine from 1986 to 2001) discusses many of the central people of Sunstone, including Leonard Arrington, Bonner Ritchie, Eugene England, Lavina Fielding Anderson, Ed Kimball, Orson Scott Card, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Scott Kinney, and many others.

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104: Elbert Peck and Sunstone Magazine Pt. 1 – The Early Years

December 10, 2007
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Elbert Eugene Peck was editor of Sunstone Magazine from 1986 to 2001. In part 1 of a 4 part interview, Elbert discusses his early years as a member of the LDS church in Washington D.C., his mission, his time at BYU with the Seventh East Press, and the events leading to him taking over Sunstone Magazine.

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Eugene England on David O. McKay

December 6, 2007
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We’ve been working hard on renovating the Sunstone web site — and making it really easy to find back magazine articles (PDFs) and symposia audio presentations (MP3s). Anyway, while goofing around, I stumbled on to this article. It’s a great read — Eugene England’s reflections on President David O. McKay entitled: The Place of David O. McKay in Mormon Culture. Check it out if you have a moment, and please let us know if you like the direction of our new search. We don’t have all the content up yet — but it should be there by 12/31/07.

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088-094: Levi Peterson – Mormon Author

November 19, 2007
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Levi Peterson is one of the most important LDS authors of the 20th century. His book entitled “The Backslider” is perhaps the most significant piece of Mormon fiction ever written. This is his story. Part 1: The Early Years Part 2: Mom, Mission and School Part 3: The Fruits of Anxiety Part 4: The Backslider Part 5: Cowboy Jesus and Mormon Literature/Art Part 6: Juanita Brooks, Sunstone and Mormon Liberalism Part 7: The Chicken Story, Eugene England and Final Thoughts  

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085-087: God Loveth His Children — The New LDS Pamphlet on Homosexuality

November 11, 2007
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A new pamphlet about homosexuality appeared on the church’s website in late July, 2007. The pamphlet is entitled God Loveth His Children, and, among other things, says that the Church does not know what causes same-sex attractions but does not believe sexual abuse and sexual experimentation in childhood are responsible. It declares that same-sex attractions are not considered sinful but affirms that acting on those attractions is incompatible with God’s plan for families in the afterlife. It urges same-sex attracted LDS members to remain active in the church and asks other members to treat them with love and respect. This…

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077-083: “Understanding the September Six” — Paul Toscano Parts 1 – 7

October 31, 2007
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When the history of 20th century Mormonism is written, Paul Toscano will likely go down as one of the most controversial and divisive figures of that era. Paul is the husband of Margaret Toscano, and was excommunicated (along with 4 others and 1 disfellowshipment) during the infamous “September Six” incident in September of 1993.  This is Paul’s story — as told in his own words. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 I feel that interviews like this are essential within Mormonism for at least a few reasons: For those interested in Mormon…

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073: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 5 — “Re-evaluation”: An interview with BYU student David Lassetter

October 22, 2007
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In part 5 of our series we interview BYU student David Lassetter. David was raised in a home very well-versed in Mormon Studies (Dialogue and Sunstones abounding), and seems to have benefited tremendously therefrom. In this interview, David discusses some of his views on the atonement, evolution, church doctrine, and membership awareness of history and doctrine.

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Announcing Sunstone 2007 Seattle and Boston Symposiums

September 13, 2007
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We are incredibly excited to announce two upcoming Sunstone Symposiums: Sunstone Seattle on 10/13/2007 (with a workshop on the night of 10/12/2007): Details here. Registration should be available in the next few days. Sunstone Boston on 11/3/2007: Please mark your calendars. We are working on the program and venue now. We are hoping to draw from speakers in the Northeast, so if you have ideas for speakers or topics, please advise. Also, if you think there’s a good chance that you will be coming, please let us know either in email, or on the blog — so that we can…

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2 Recent Sunstone Developments: Free MP3s and City-Based Sunstone Communities

September 3, 2007
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For those interested, there are 2 new Sunstone developments: All pre-2005 Sunstone Symposium MP3s are now free New city-based Sunstone communities are being formed at a city near you (hopefully) To keep up with all of these types of developments, please subscribe to the “Friends of Sunstone” newsletter.

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Reflections on Hugh Nibley by Family and Friends — Part 4

August 18, 2007
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A roast of Dr. Hugh Nibley — LDS scholar — by his closest family and friends.

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Reflections on Hugh Nibley by Family and Friends — Part 3

August 17, 2007
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A roast of Dr. Hugh Nibley — LDS scholar — by his closest family and friends.

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Reflections on Hugh Nibley by Family and Friends — Part 2

August 16, 2007
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Part 2 of a roast of Dr. Hugh Nibley — LDS scholar — by his closest family and friends.

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Reflections on Hugh Nibley by Family and Friends — Part 1

August 16, 2007
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A few years before Dr. Hugh Nibley’s death, a few of his closest friends and family (via Sunstone) organized a “roast” for (or of) him. Unfortunately, the actual day of the planned roast, Dr. Nibley literally passed out and was unable to attend — but his wife, children and friends carried on with it. This is part 1 — but I hope you can stay until the end. There is lots of very good stuff in here.

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Link to the Audio of our Interview on KCPW

August 7, 2007
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Here is the link to the audio of the interview.

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Looking for “Friends of Sunstone”

August 4, 2007
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As we begin a new chapter in Sunstone’s evolution, we are looking to gather together a team of international supporters who not only share our vision (discussed below), but are willing to “put their shoulders to the wheel” (so to speak) to make it a reality. If any of you are interested in joining us at the ground floor, please subscribe to our “Friends of Sunstone” mailing list today. As it currently stands, this email list will serve as a newsletter, where we will: 1) notify subscribers of new events, projects, ideas and initiatives, 2) solicit feedback, and 3) send…

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Bloggernacle Get-Together at Sunstone — Friday, August 10th

July 30, 2007
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Hey folks! For those who didn’t get the memo, Sunstone, Kristine Haglund, Spock With a Beard and Mormon Stories are hosting a get-together at the upcoming Sunstone symposium: Location: Sheraton Hotel in Downtown SLC Date: Friday, August 10 Time: From 9:30 pm until midnight or so I’d love to meet some of our long-time listeners there, so please consider coming! If you can come, please RSVP here or over at the link provided above. See ya’ll soon!!!!

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Executive Director of Sunstone

July 29, 2007
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As some of you may have read, I was recently nominated and approved as “Executive Director of the Sunstone Education Foundation” by its Board of Directors. I hope to write more about Sunstone in the coming weeks and months, but in the mean time, I wanted to let you know, at a super high level, our vision and hopes for Sunstone: Sunstone Motto: Faith Seeking Understanding Our Vision Statement (in draft form): Sunstone is an independent forum for open, thoughtful, and constructive discussion of all things Mormon. Our direction for Sunstone over the next several years will be to help…

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Sunstone Workshop: “Staying in the Church After Becoming Disaffected”

July 16, 2007
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From the workshop…. The essay. The audio recording of my August 2007 Sunstone Workshop entitled, “How to stay…” The PowerPoint file from that presentation The audio and video files from that presentation The PDF from my October 2007 Sunstone Workshop entitled, “How to stay…” ========= For those interested, I’m hosting a 3.5 hour workshop on “Staying in the Church After Becoming Disaffected” at the Sunstone Symposium this August. I don’t pretend to be an authority or anything, but I do know that many people who get hit hard w/ church history or culture come to the unfortunate conclusion that leaving…

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A Chance to Contribute in Print to the Conversation about Women in the LDS Church

July 15, 2007
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Followers of Mormon Women Studies Everywhere, As some of you may be aware, Sunstone magazine published this month an essay written by Margaret Toscano entitled: ARE BOYS MORE IMPORTANT THAN GIRLS? The Continuing Conflict of Gender Difference and Equality in Mormonism. Please check it out if you have not yet had the chance. After brainstorming with Dan Wotherspoon, Sunstone’s editor, we thought it might be valuable to invite LDS women more broadly to submit some articles or personal essays to Sunstone magazine, with the intent of dedicating the entire next issue of Sunstone magazine to the topic of “Women in…

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052: J. Bonner Ritchie—On Organizations, Individuals, and Pillars of Thoughtful Faith

February 16, 2007
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052: J. Bonner Ritchie—On Organizations, Individuals, and Pillars of Thoughtful Faith

To keep this podcast alive, please consider donating to Mormon Stories by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button at the top right of this blog. Also, please show Sunstone your gratitude for the following presentation by either subscribing to the magazine, donating, or purchasing some of the MP3s from their library. ============================ A few weeks ago, a very close friend of mine named Russell mailed me a CD full of his favorite Sunstone Symposium MP3s. While several of struck me as profound, one presentation in particular was groundbreaking, and almost breathtaking to me. It was a presentation delivered in…

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047: Richard Bushman Part 1 — Experiences as a Mormon Historian

January 22, 2007
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047: Richard Bushman Part 1 — Experiences as a Mormon Historian

In part 1 of this multi-part interview, Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and the author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, discusses his years as a Mormon historian–including his struggle with faith as a Harvard undergraduate, his decision to get a PhD in history, and his experiences with Leonard Arrington, Dialogue and Sunstone. He also discusses the role of candid, honest history within the modern LDS Church. To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly. =================== As a side note, I’m simultaneously elated and…

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A MUST Listen: For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect LDS Couple Relationships

September 8, 2006
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This morning, during my daily jog, I was profoundly blessed to listen to a recent panel presentation given at Salt Lake Sunstone 2006 entitled: “For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect Couple Relationships” (session #SL06273). At times I was running with tears in my eyes. At other times I was laughing out loud (as old women gardening in their lawns in confusion watched me run past).

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My Sunstone Presentation on “The Peril and the Promise of the Internet Within Mormonism”

August 15, 2006
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Unfortunately, the audio/screencast of my Sunstone presentation last week failed, so it’s gonna take me a few weeks to recreate that. In the mean time, here is a link to my PowerPoint presentation on “The Peril and the Promise of the Internet Within Mormonism.” Hopefully at least some of it will be valuable to you (sans the audio).

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What Sunstone Can Mean to Folks

August 15, 2006
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I had an amazing time at Sunstone. I hope to write more later. In the mean time, check out my friend Mark’s report on Sunstone. To me, this illustrates the positive role that Sunstone can play in people’s lives–especially those who have become disillusioned.

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