2009 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium
12-15 August 2009
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, 150 West 500 South
This year's event features five pre-symposium WORKSHOPS on Wednesday, 12 August.
There is one full-day workshop (9am to 5:30pm, with lunch break):
W1. Under the Influence: Getting What You Want Without Exercising Unrighteous Dominion, with Michael J. Stevens and Richard Delewski
The morning workshop session (9am - 12:30pm) has two offerings:This year's Plenary sessions:
W2. Enough Is Enough! Making the Decision to Live Debt-Free, with Cheryl CarsonThe afternoon session (2pm - 5:30pm) also has two offerings:
W3. Spiritual Transformation: Principles and Processes, with N. Lee Smith, MD
W4. The Feminine Healer, with Ana Lisa Hale
W5. Family Life and Gay Youth: The Impact of Acceptance and Rejection on their Health & Well-Being, with Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW
Wednesday, 12 August—The 2009 Smith-Pettit Lecture will be given by Professor Mary Farrell Bednarowski on "The Achievements and Ironies of Women's Religious Creativity."
Thursday, 13 August—Panelists from various vantage points explore the interplay of power and authority in the LDS Church and the impact on individuals and the larger organization. Panelists include Jana Riess, Darius Gray, Dale Luffman, and Michael J. Stevens.Friday, 14 August—"Pillars of My Faith." This year's speakers will be long-time Sunstone supporters, William S. Bradshaw and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen.
Saturday, 16 August—Banquet. Following a delicious meal, we will enjoy a panel discussion about MORMON ENIGMA: EMMA HALE SMITH—ASSESSING THE IMPACT 25 YEARS LATER, featuring co-author Linda King Newell, with comments from William Russell and Lorie Winder.
Session topics this year include:
- Young scholars in Mormon Studies
- Sunstone's upcoming "Mapping Mormon Issues" article about the Book of Mormon Witnesses
- Blogging about motherhood
- The 25th anniversary of the Community of Christ's revelation on priesthood
- Exploring LDS author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series
- The transformation of Mormon publishing
- The Gay Mormon Literature Project
- Why We Stay and This I Believe sessions