Keynote Speakers: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Joanna Brooks and John Dehlin
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mormon Stories, a nonprofit podcast and support community that seeks to honor authentic expression of belief, announces its first Boston regional conference. All who are interested in using personal narratives to create communities that allow for genuine expression of belief are invited. The conference will be held Saturday, April 28th at First Parish Cambridge located at 3 Church Street in Harvard Square between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted at MormonStories.org. Registration fees pay for venue rental and speaker airfare. Free and reduced-cost admissions available; please see website for details.
In 2005, John Dehlin, executive director of Mormon Stories, started a podcast seeking to explore, challenge and celebrate Mormon culture through personal life stories. What was once an individual pursuit has grown into a network of over 50 regional communities of listeners across the Untied States and world. Listeners develop friendships on Facebook, online forums and blogs then meet together in the real world to discuss the podcasts and share their own Mormon Stories.
The Boston Mormon Stories region has invited Dehlin, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Joanna Brooks to keynote at this conference. Ulrich is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in history for her book A Midwife's Tale, and is known for authoring the catchy phrase Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. She is a professor of history at Harvard University. Brooks is a national voice on Mormon life and politics and a scholar of religion. She is the president of Mormon Stories and a professor at San Diego State University.
Dehlin, Ulrich and Brooks will address the topic of Utilizing personal narratives to create spaces where Mormons of all levels of orthodoxy can interact authentically. The topic reflects the community ideal that Mormons should feel comfortable authentically discussing beliefs even when they differ from what is commonly accepted as true Mormon doctrine. "We hope our communities can be safe places where anyone who has ever self-identified as Mormon can talk about their faith journeys without fear of rejection," says Dehlin.
Mormon Stories recently released the results of a non-random online survey exploring the causes and costs of Mormon disbelief. Survey results are available at WhyMormonsQuestion.org.
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SOURCE Mormon Stories