November 19th, 2017 at 7:00pm. Location: 400 Selby Lane, Atherton, CA.
Laura will share what it was like for her as an adult coming to terms with being both a lesbian and an active member of the LDS faith. She will also talk about what her experience has been like since, as she has continued her activity in the church, but now does so while being openly gay and married to another woman. Laura’s testimony of the gospel has deepened as she has followed her own spiritual journey. Her wife Lynette will also be joining us and will share her perspective of being married to a Latter-day Saint who remains active in the faith.
October 15, 2017 at 7:00pm. Location: 400 Selby Lane, Atherton, CA
At our upcoming Hearth Fireside we are honored to welcome Joanna Brooks, co-author of the moving book “Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began.” This book is a story of courage and resilience as Alex fights to survive and escape the conversion therapy program she was forced into by her parents in a misguided attempt to “fix her.”
Joanna has long been a voice and ally for the LGBTQ community and will share what she learned from Alex’ story as well as where the road can lead next for LDS LGBTQ+ and allies. We are thrilled to have her joining us.
Joanna Brooks is an award-winning Mormon feminist writer and scholar, a community organizer with 25 years of experience in labor, feminist, anti-racist and LGBTQ+ ally community organizing, and mother of a tween and a teen daughter who think she is okay most of the time. She is the author or editor of ten books on faith, gender, race, and politics, including The Book of Mormon Girl (Simon & Schuster, 2012), Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (Oxford, 2015), and Saving Alex (2016). She lives in San Diego, California
We are excited to announce that Richard Ostler, known to many as "Papa" Ostler, will be joining us at the Hearth on September 17th, 2017 at 7pm! (Location: 400 Selby Ln, Atherton, CA.) Richard previously served as a YSA Bishop and will share his experience of being ‘called by God’ to begin his journey of outreach to the LGBTQ community as an Ally, his feelings about his LGBTQ brothers and sisters, as well as his thoughts on the future of the Church’s relationship with its LGBTQ members.
Join us Sun. July 9th at 7pm. Location: 3865 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA.
We are delighted to announce that this Hearth Fireside will be filmed by a documentary film crew! They are being sent here by Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, to capture some of the great outreach being done here in our Hearth Community! Click on the above title for more exciting and important details about the filming!
Carol Lynn Wright Pearson is an American poet, author, screenwriter, and playwright. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Pearson is best known for the book Goodbye, I Love You, a memoir of her marriage to a gay man who died of AIDS in 1984. She frequently addresses the topics of LGBT acceptance and the role of Mormon women. Carol Lynn lives in Walnut Creek, California and is an active member of her ward and stake.
On March 26, we will be blessed to welcome Alyson Paul and George Deussen as our Hearth speakers. Their remarks will be themed, “I Choose Love: Learning to Love Without Boundaries and Living with Loss.”
We are honored to welcome John Gustav-Wrathall, President of Affirmation, as our February Hearth speaker. The theme of the evening will be "The Gift of Faith," a reflection on Matthew 15 and the LGBT Mormon journey of faith.
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.
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.