Over the past twenty years, both fear of and likelihood of being ostracized from the church community have sunk appreciably for LGBT members. More people than ever are coming out, and so more people than ever are facing a question: how does one live as a queer Mormon?
Some people find a workable answer in the church’s limited direction, and stay; many more find Mormonism untenable, and leave. Come explore how we as individuals might contribute to an answer that’s not just workable, but sustaining for ourselves and our loved ones.
Why would an openly gay graduate student in theology choose to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one month after the policy change? Come to The Hearth this Sunday, October 16, at 7:00 and hear Derek Knox's story of conversion and choosing to be baptized as an openly and proudly gay man.
Josh and Lolly are in a mixed orientation marriage that received a lot of attention when Josh came out as gay on his blog back in 2012. The story of their marriage has created a lot of controversy both inside and outside of the church. In their presentation, they hope to be candidly honest about the nature of their relationship and the genuine love they have for all members of the LGBT community.
This month we will be honored to hear from Carol Lynn Pearson, a long-time advocate for the LGBT community in the LDS Church. Speaking from extensive experience as an ally and friend to LGBT Mormons, she will share a vision for approaching the challenges and opportunities we meet in the Church and in the world.
Cynthia Bailey Lee, a Hearth community member and ally, will share stories of pioneers in her life and the lessons they can teach us about seizing the spiritual blessings available to us. She will also speak about how we can all be pioneers in creating a more inclusive and loving atmosphere for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
Recent policy changes in the Church have breathed new life into age-old questions—What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? Who has a place in the kingdom of God? How do we respond to change and diversity? What is my role in building Zion? Jon Arnell will share what he is learning as a gay Mormon, and what our questions and differences can teach us about moving forward as latter-day saints in a dynamic world.
The church has produced amazing examples of love and inclusion. This month, Don Fletcher will share with us some his experiences reaching out to LGBT members, both in his tenure as bishop of the Bay Ward, and beyond. Join us in thinking about what we can do in our own wards and stakes to make the church look more like God's inclusive family.
Questions about God's plan for LGBT people can shake and even topple our faith. Yet, these same questions can be a powerful impetus for growth as we engage with them and develop the ability to believe in the midst of challenges (D&C 46:14). Join us for an evening with Terryl and Fiona Givens as we explore some of the best reasons to believe.
Terryl Givens is professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the Jabez A. Bostwick Chair in English. He has participated in the Joseph Smith Papers project, and has authored several books in Mormon Studies, including, By the Hand of Mormon, People of Paradox, and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought.
Fiona Givens (MA European History, University of Richmond) has published articles on LDS history and culture, and is a popular speaker at conferences and workshops. She has co-authored two works with her husband: The God Who Weeps, and The Crucible of Doubt.
Since 2015, the Hearth has sponsored, organized, and hosted events that build and strengthen an LGBT- / SSA-inclusive LDS community.
The Hearth is not sponsored by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.