The goal of Circling the Wagons conferences is to create spaces where LGBTQ or SSA Mormons or former Mormons, and their families and friends, can gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences, seek mutual understanding, and work together toward common goals. 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 weight in Mormon communities and have been the source of a great deal of misunderstanding, judgment and hurt. Consequently, gay Mormons are deeply divided over how to address same-sex attraction and negotiate the choices they face.
In convening this conference, we are inviting LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their families and friends to step beyond historic divisions to establish a shared space where all who have ever self-identified as Mormon can speak truthfully and respectfully. “Circling the Wagons” conferences are hosted as an expression of our longstanding commitment to LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and in the spirit of our Shared Values:
We welcome all who wish to participate in a spirit of fellowship and openness, with condemnation for none and compassion for all, in the hopes that all will experience personal renewal and discover a basis for common ground in our shared heritage.