We are honored to have Bob Rees joining us on February 25th at 7:00pm. Bob will delve more deeply into faith crisis among the Latter-day Saints to show that it is more multi-dimensional than most people realize. Often in the past, individuals have left the faith because of transgression or doctrinal differences, but some are leaving now because of ideology, culture and policy. How do we address this challenge, as individuals, families and congregations?
Bob has served in many capacities in the Church including Missionary, Bishop, High Council, as well as counselor in a Mission Presidency. He is a passionate advocate for the Mormon LGBTQ community. Bob is the author of many works and and a Visiting Professor and Director of Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Bob is a well-respected and knowledgeable voice in the Mormon and Religious Studies Community. We look forward to hearing from him!
Robert A. (“Bob”) Rees is the author of a collection of Poems, Waiting for Morning (2017); Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children (2012); and No More Strangers and Foreigners: A Mormon Christian Response to Homosexuality (Family Fellowship, 1998). He has three books scheduled for publication—the second volume of Why I Stay: The challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons, a collection of essays on the Book of Mormon and a collection of writings on LGBT issues and Mormonism.
Rees is Visiting Professor and Director of Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He taught at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies in the Baltics. He has published widely on Mormon and Religious Studies as well as on politics, culture, Literature, Education, the Arts and LGBT Studies. He is the editor or co-editor of Proving Contraries: A Collection of Writings in Honor of Eugene England (2005), A Readers’ Book of Mormon (2008), and Why I Stay: The Challenge of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons (2011).