Upcoming Symposiums and Events
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Monthly Sunstone Institute Classes with Michael Vinson
6:00 pm on the 4th Sunday of the month at the Sunstone office, 343 N Third West SLC
All are welcome to attend and take part in the discussion, which we will record and post later as a podcast. If you can, bring refreshments to share with the group. Parking is available behind the office (a restored tan brick home) and on 300 West.
Future institute classes are planned for:
Sunday 24 March at 6:00 pm
Sunday 28 April at 6:00 pm — Mormon Q&A Lightning Round!
Sunstone Symposiums for 2013
We are in the process of planning regional Sunstone Symposiums and issuing calls for papers for this year’s events.
2013 Salt Lake Symposium July 31- August 3, 2013
University of Utah Student Union
200 S. Central Campus Drive, SLC UT 84112, 801.581.5888
This year’s Symposium will be held at the University of Utah, not at Weber State as previously announced.
The summer symposium’s dates are up against the large Outdoor Retailer’s convention in Salt Lake City. We recommend you book lodging and rental cars as soon as possible, since OR brings thousands of attendees into the greater Salt Lake area.
We are in the process of setting up a block of rooms for Symposium attendees at the Country Inn & Suites in Bountiful, Utah and will post more information after the contract is finalized.
Sunstone’s opening lecture 31 July 2013 is free and open to the public.
Full Advance Registration
Full Advance Registration for Print Sunstone Subscribers
Full Registration for First Time Attendees
One Day Registration – THURSDAY Aug 1
One Day Registration – FRIDAY Aug 2
One Day Registration – SATURDAY Aug 3
Banquet & Workshop registration will be posted soon!
This year’s Salt Lake Symposium dates are up against the large Outdoor Retailers Convention in Salt Lake City. We encourage Symposium attendees to book lodging ASAP, as there is very limited hotel room availability and significantly higher prices when OR is in town.
A block of rooms has been reserved for Sunstone attendees at the Country Inns & Suites located at 999 North 500 West in Bountiful, UT.
The rooms in the Sunstone block are $119/night (plus 11.85% tax per room per night). The block has Double Queen rooms and King Suites with a sofa bed. Room amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, complimentary wireless internet, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, and ironing board.
The hotel offers complimentary high speed Internet, continental breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, and a free shuttle to and from the Salt Lake Airport.
To book a room in the Sunstone block, call 1-801-292-8100 or 1-800-456-4000 and mention the Sunstone rate. The $119/night + tax rate is available July 31-August 4, 2013. http://www.countryinns.com/bountiful-hotel-ut-84010/utwestb
The cut off date to reserve rooms in the Sunstone block is July 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Reservations made after the cut off date will be based on room availability. Given the hotel’s proximity to Salt Lake, rooms are likely to sell out; please plan ahead regarding lodging!
Located just north of Salt Lake City, the Country Inn & Suites Hotel Bountiful, Utah offers a convenient location, nearby Lagoon Amusement Park, Temple Square, Energy Solutions Arena, Hogle Zoo, Davis County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lakeview Hospital and Modern Health Clinic. Guests at our hotel near Salt Lake City enjoy a wide variety of amenities, including an indoor pool and whirlpool, complimentary Internet access, a Fitness Center and a complimentary deluxe hot breakfast. Ideal for business and leisure travelers, our Bountiful, UT hotel offers an excellent location near several ski resorts and the University of Utah. Reserve your stay online today, and discover the comfort and convenience of one of the best hotels in Bountiful, Utah.
*The Country Inn & Suites Hotel Bountiful, Utah features a complimentary shuttle to and from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. (Must be pre-arranged.)
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Parking at the University of Utah Campus
Sunstone has reserved Lot 24 for Symposium attendees; parking here is FREE to Sunstone attendees on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the symposium. Lot 24 is southeast of the Tanner Humanities Building (CTIHB) and opens onto Wasatch Drive. Take North Campus Drive or Mario Capecchi Drive to Wasatch Drive. Lot 24 has two entrances—one before you get to the McCarthy Track & Field Complex (you’ll drive through Lot 25 to get to Lot 24) and a second entrance at Ballif Road just past the McCarthy Track & Field Complex.
Campus police will be ticketing on weekdays, so please make sure you park in reserved Lot 24. On Saturday ONLY, parking in other campus parking lots is free (except the visitors lot).
Attendees may pay to park in the Visitors Lot directly east of the Union building. This lot charges by the hour with a maximum of $10 per day. It is the closest lot to the Union and has designated handicapped parking spaces (handicapped parking is free with placard).
Theme: MORMON BODIES: LITERAL, METAPHORICAL, DOCTRINAL
Deadline for first-round consideration: Extended to 17 April 2013
We especially encourage proposals that focus on this year’s theme: MORMON BODIES: LITERAL, METAPHORICAL, DOCTRINAL.
One of Mormonism’s most distinctive attributes is the emphasis on embodiment, which is not merely a condition of mortality but a crucial step in the journey to become like god, who “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&c 130:22). Bodies are a primary way we learn about the world, a source of pleasure and temptation, something to be both enjoyed and tamed. How do LDS ideas about sex, sin, illness, food, pleasure, procreation, disability, parenthood, gender, and godhood affect our experiences of our bodies? How do doctrines of embodiment affect the way Latter-day Saints think, feel, and discuss their bodies?
Jesus had a mortal body, but we don’t talk about its suffering, preferring to dwell on his resurrected form. Heavenly Mother has a body, but we are discouraged from talking about hers. The bodiless Holy Ghost is constantly making our bosoms burn, or calling tears to our eyes, or standing us up and walking us to the podium during testimony meeting.
What metaphors are hidden in our obsession with bodies? How does our bodily approach to the world both expand and constrain our view of the divine? What is the relationship between spirit and body (is it only the body that must be tamed)? What paradoxes does our view of bodies force us to live in?
Furthermore, the “body of Christ” is a metaphor for the Church, but Mormons avoid emphasizing the literal body of Christ. Why are some literal bodies more important than others? Which bodies matter most?
Mormonism also encompasses many different collective bodies: various traditions tracing their roots back to Joseph Smith, and various governing bodies overseeing different communities or texts or enterprises. Finally, in its relatively short history, Mormonism has produced a remarkably rich and diverse body of thought and scripture. How do all these Mormon bodies collide against, control, nurture, or support one another?
We also welcome reflections on other topics and their intersection with Mormonism, as well as studies of historical and contemporary events and figures, news in the Mormon world, online communities, theological explorations, and Mormon cultural studies.
For complete details on past symposiums, visit our Past Symposiums page.
Saturday 29 December 2012
9:00 am – 5:15 pm
Salt Lake City Main Library 210 East 400 South
4th floor conference room*
* Seating is limited so we strongly encourage attendees to pre-register by December 27, 2012.
Online pre-registration for the Christ Conference has CLOSED.
You may register on site at the conference starting at 9:00 am Saturday 29 December 2012. Onsite registration is $30 for the full day, $20 for students with current ID, and $10 each for single-session tickets.
We did not receive enough box lunch orders to meet the caterer’s minimum. If you ordered a box lunch, we will issue a refund and direct you to nearby eateries. So sorry for the inconvenience!
Sunstone Christmas Party Friday 7 December 2012 at 6:30 pm
Save the date for our annual Sunstone Christmas party! We continue the tradition of a silent auction and drawings for fabulous goodies. If you’re connected with a local business, service organization, or publication, please consider donating items (gift cards, merchandise, art, books, subscriptions, etc.) to the silent auction.
We’ll provide the red punch and appetizers. If you can, please bring savory or sweet goodies to share–or come early and help us decorate the office before the festivities begin at 6:30 pm.
Sunstone Northwest 2012
We will not have a Sunstone Northwest Symposium this fall, however we hope to return to the Pacific Northwest in future years. Click here to see a letter from Symposium Director Mary Ellen Robertson about this change of plans.
We count on local volunteer help to make regional symposiums happen. If you live near Seattle, WA or Portland, OR and are interested in helping plan a future Sunstone Northwest event, please contact Mary Ellen by April 2013.
2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium
July 25-28, 2012
At the University of Utah’s Olpin Student Union
200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City 84112
Click here to see the final Sunstone Symposium program in booklet form.
Sunstone Kirtland March 10-11, 2012
Click here to see an UPDATED Sunstone Kirtland Symposium schedule as of 3-7-12.
Sunstone West February 3-4, 2012, Claremont, CA
Audio-only version of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture
Click this link for the audio only and video versions (via iTunes) of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture, “Stirring Up LDS History.” Click on the AUDIO tab and scroll down to select and listen to the audio version. Click on the VIDEO tab to watch the video recorded at the lecture December 11, 2011.
Our warmest thanks to our speaker, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and to the folks at the University of Utah, especially Friends of the Library, Special Collections, and Marriott Library Media Services for providing the meeting space and for making this lecture available in several audio and video formats.
Streaming video from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Sunstone lecture
This event was co-sponsored by Sunstone Education Foundation and Friends of the Library.