Leaning into Dissonance: Why, When, How?

How do we sit with dissonance, fear, and even disgust without running away or imploding under the pressure? What value is there is listening and learning from those with whom we believe we disagree? Can this effort benefit the most vulnerable among those in the LDS/SSA/LGBT community? What is a parent’s responsibility to an LGBT/SSA […]

The 2015 Conference Theme

Courageous Conversations Circling the Wagons conferences seek to be safe spaces where all Mormons and former-Mormons can discuss their authentic thoughts, feelings, beliefs and life experiences. Some of our attendees self-identify as LGBTQ. Others experience same-sex attraction. Some strive for celibacy or choose mixed-orientation marriages, others are in same-sex relationships or marriages. Families, friends, church […]

Circling the Wagons Conferences for LGBTQ/SSA Mormons

The Circling the Wagons public charity has several affiliate projects. Our conferences for LGBTQ and same-sex attracted Mormons and their families and friends are one of our projects. Please click the button below to visit the Conferences website. Audio recordings and transcriptions of past conference talks are available at no cost.

Salt Lake City 2014 Conference

From left to right: Jerry Buie, Jim Struve, Justin McPheters, Marybeth Raynes, David Pruden, David Matheson, Lee Beckstead, Shirley Cox The Salt Lake City 2014 Circling the Wagons Conference was held on February 21st and 22nd and addressed the theme Coming Together: Listening to Gain Understanding and Find Common Ground. Keynote speakers were Randall Thacker, […]

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 […]