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    Standards of Ethical Communication and Conflict Resolution

    DRAFT presented to the Coalition on August 14, 2014 and to the public on August 20, 2014. The intent is to use these Standards to facilitate safe, frank, ethical discussions between Mormons who have a history of disagreeing about the issues surrounding LGBTQ and same-sex attracted Mormons. A more general version of the Standards intended […]

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    Salt Lake City 2014 Keynote Session

          Transcripts: Randall Thacker – A Future & A Hope Lee Beckstead – What I’ve Learned from Meeting with my Enemies David Matheson – How do we Handle Ambiguity, Diversity and the Unknown? Back to the Homepage

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    What I’ve Learned From Meeting With My Enemies

    From Left to Right: Jerry Buie, Jim Struve, Justin McPheters, Marybeth Raynes, David Pruden, David Matheson, Lee Beckstead, Shirley Cox     Back to the SLC 2014 Keynote Session

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    A Future & A Hope

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    How Do We Handle Ambiguity, Diversity and the Unknown?

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    Opening Remarks at the Circling the Wagons Coalition

    By Anne McMullin Peffer About the Coalition It’s exciting to be standing here today. The development of Circling the Wagons and the progression of the relationship between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and same-sex attracted Mormons and the overall Mormon community has been a pleasure (and, admittedly a bit of a trial) to be part of […]

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    Empowering Others through Listening and Accepting

    By Anne McMullin Peffer Some members of our community know a lot about what it’s like to live without empowerment. These people understand how difficult it is to continually be on the receiving end of others’ decisions, to not have the ability or freedom to make enough money to provide for themselves, to live without […]

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    Statement of Purpose

    The goal of Circling the Wagons conferences is to create spaces where LGBTQ or SSA Mormons and their families and friends can gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences. No issues strike more deeply than whom we love and how we understand our beliefs about ourselves and god. These issues carry an especially profound […]

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    Next Conference: February 20th-21st, 2015

    The next Salt Lake City Circling the Wagons Conference will be held February 20th and 21st, 2015.

Shared Values

  1. We acknowledge the richness of Mormon heritage, teachings, and community in all of its diversity as well as the pain some experience within Mormon faith communities.
  2. We believe that one can self–identify as Mormon based on one’s genealogy, upbringing, beliefs, relationships, and other life experiences, regardless of one’s adherence or non–adherence to the teachings or doctrines of any religious organization.
  3. We seek spaces where we can live lives of intellectual and spiritual integrity, individual conscience, and personal dignity.
  4. We acknowledge and honor different spiritual paths and modes of religious or non–religious truth–seeking. We respect the convictions of those who subscribe to ideas and beliefs that differ from our own.
  5. We recognize the confusion, distress, emotional trauma, and social ostracism that LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, Mormon feminists, Mormon intellectuals and Mormons on faith journeys often experience. We seek constructive ways of helping and supporting people, regardless of their ultimate decisions regarding sexuality, self-expression, church affiliation or activity.
  6. We affirm the inherent and equal worth of all human beings. We seek spaces where Mormons (and all people) can interact as equals regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Global-Communication1

Standards of Ethical Communication and Conflict Resolution

DRAFT presented to the Coalition on August 14, 2014 and to the public on August 20, 2014. The intent is to use these Standards to facilitate safe, frank, ethical discussions between Mormons who have a history of disagreeing about the issues surrounding LGBTQ and same-sex attracted Mormons. A more general version of the Standards intended […]

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SLC2014Keynote Session

Salt Lake City 2014 Keynote Session

      Transcripts: Randall Thacker – A Future & A Hope Lee Beckstead – What I’ve Learned from Meeting with my Enemies David Matheson – How do we Handle Ambiguity, Diversity and the Unknown? Back to the Homepage

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Group of 8

What I’ve Learned From Meeting With My Enemies

From Left to Right: Jerry Buie, Jim Struve, Justin McPheters, Marybeth Raynes, David Pruden, David Matheson, Lee Beckstead, Shirley Cox     Back to the SLC 2014 Keynote Session

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