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The conference starts Wednesday this year instead of Thursday, hopefully most of us can get that extra day off.
More info will be following. With the expansion, things aren't as far along as they usually are.
From the Nov 2017 FM Journal:
The Women's Workshop is being put on in partnership with the Church History Department.
Here's a thoughtful commentary on racism and the priesthood ban by Scott Gordon. I think we've discussed each and every point on this forum at some point.
Some of my favorite comments:
It was decided to put Dan's talk on live streaming for yesterday and then continue on. I can't embed the video, doesn't take, so follow the link please:
Transcript will follow when ready.
Have at least another in the wings waiting for final call, so shouldn't be long (transcript though, paid video...helps cover the conference costs)
Patrick Mason recently spoke at FairMormon and gave a very progressive Mormon speech. I thought it would be good to have a dialogue about the actual points he raises. the video and audio is behinds Fairmormon's paywall so you will have to take my word for it. But here is a list of things he says.
1.) He flatly says we have defined Prophets incorrectly.
2.) That there is valid reason to doubt.
3.) That belief is "plausible" (his words)
4.) That We made up much of our theology and have put way more in the truth cart then belongs there.
5.) That we should not blame the doubters and that we would be better looking at ourselves for our problems rather than secularists, feminists, intellectuals, and even Satan
6.) That the CES letter was an inevitable response to the false dominant narrative we have taught. And that said narrative is not his mormonism nor the Mormonism that can flourish in the future.
7.) He expressed that we must do better to support gender equality and our LGBT brothers and sisters. He says we aren't loving or inclusive enough
8.) He says our culture and leadership have sadly adopted a non-apologizing posture towards its mistakes
9.) He says we need to repent as a church and apologize for our serious errors.
10.) He says we need to Incorporate more diversity into our church ( race, gender, economic status. sexual orientation, and other differences)
10.) He concludes that he is scared of a immature faith never growing up and giving space for nuance and complexity and he fears a fundamentalist takeover
All this at Fairmormon and strangely this is the very same stuff I say and get blasted for. I also have it on good account that FairMormon's leadership has said behind the scenes this kind of Mormonism and perspective is where they want to head. Any comments from FairMormon would be appreciated on whether you liked and agreed with Patrick perspective.
Since we are having the discussion about the Oregen refuge takeover, I thought this might contribute and help focus the conversation again on Church doctrine as opposed to arguments about what is or isn't appropriate for the government to do: