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. Our objective is to promote the emotional, social, […]

Video Invitation to CTW 2015: Courageous Conversations

Invitation from Jay and Tera to Circling the Wagons  2015: Courageous Conversations.

Our Circling the Wagons Vision

As Circling the Wagons 2015 Conference organizers, our vision is to open and expand a more understanding atmosphere for ourselves, for our loved ones with conflicting viewpoints, and especially for quiet onlookers who desperately need someone in their own life to acknowledge and love them where they are, regardless of their belief system, labels, or […]

Whom are Circling the Wagons Conferences for?

Circling the Wagons Conferences are for anyone who values engaging with diverse opinions, beliefs, feelings, and experiences at the heart of LDS/Mormon LGBT/SSA experience in a constructive environment. We especially invite¬†all who will embrace authenticity, empathy, and vulnerability side by side with people from various sides of deep divides to build understanding and better serve […]

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

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 […]

The Chinese Finger Trap

By Anne McMullin Peffer I am the third of five children. My siblings and I could probably have won the contention award of the 1970s. We were opinionated, smart, and each felt it was our personal obligation to teach each other how to behave. The fighting was incessant. While I won’t deny that I was […]