UVU Conference on Peacebuilding: Perspectives In and Around Mormonism

By October 20, 2016

[We are pleased to promote this forthcoming conference, which includes a number of JI’s good friends. Looks like fun!]

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As the academic study of Mormonism continues to develop, scholars, students and practitioners of this tradition are increasingly interested in how Mormonism speaks to broader theological and philosophical questions. At this unique conference, scholars will present research on ethical dimensions of war, peacebuilding, and the application of violence.  Presenters will engage these topics from a variety of angles that consider LDS scripture, theology, philosophy, and the historical development of the Christian tradition.


Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Classroom Building, Room 510

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Comparative Engagement: 

War and  Peace in Mormonism, Augustine, and the  Bible

“Just War’s Sliding Scale Conundrum, and Three Narratives”
Jana Bennett, University of Dayton

“Between Life and Law: Pauline Exceptionalism and the Pursuit of Peace”
Adam Miller, Collin College 

“An Ethics of  Difference: Religious Affiliation and Gender in the LDS  Zion”
Miranda Wilcox, Brigham Young University 

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Discussion for War & Peace in Mormonism 

Discussant:
Thom Wayment, Brigham Young University 

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Peacebuilding in a Global  Church

“Hands Outstretched, Stretching Out: LDS Innovations in Response to the Refugee Crisis in Hong Kong in the 1950s”
Melissa Inouye, University of Auckland

“The Growing Global Church and Building  Zion Internationally”
Christian Euvrard, Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (CNRS, Paris, France)

Discussant:
Benjamin Huff, Randolph-Macon University 

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Discussion for Peacebuilding in a Global Church

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. |  Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
LDS Culture & History: Towards an Ethic of   Peacebuilding

“An Ethic to Match Our Ethic:
Setting Boundaries Around Violence Like We Have Around Sex”
David Pulsipher, Brigham Young University Idaho

”Disturbing the Peace of the  Devil: Peacebuilding as a Mormon Faith Vocation”
Chad Ford & Sophia Hutchison, Brigham Young University Hawaii

“Just Ward Theory”
Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Discussion for LDS Culture & History

Discussant:
Sharon Harris, Fordham University

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Towards a Book of Mormon Ethic of War & Peace

“Captain Moroni & the Lure of Invulnerability”
Grant Hardy, University of North Carolina – Asheville

“Mormon and an LDS Ethic of War”
Frederick Axelgard, Brigham Young University

Discussant:
Joseph Spencer, Brigham Young University


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Discussion for Towards a Book of Mormon Ethic  

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

Classroom Building, Room 510

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Conflict and Peace in LDS Scripture:
Interpretations & Implications

“Renounce War and Proclaim Peace: Justification, Sanctification, and the Building of Zion”
Medlir Mema, Institute for European Studies, VUB-Brussels

“To Hearken or Not: Divine Commands and Ethical Dissonance”
Brian Birch, Utah Valley University

“Choosing Peace: The Case for Mormon Pacifism”
Robert Rees, Graduate Theological Union

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Discussion for Conflict and Peace in LDS Scripture 

Discussant:
Deidre Green, Brigham Young University & Utah Valley University  

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Reflections on an LDS Vocation of Peacebuilding

“Toward an LDS Ethic of Peacebuilding: Catholic Reflections”
Gerald Powers, University of Notre Dame

Discussant:
Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University

Conference Wrap-up:
Brian Birch, Utah Valley University
Frederick Axelgard, Brigham Young University
for more information, contact Courtney Burns at courtney.burns@uvu.edu

Co-Sponsors:
Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University &
Center for the Study of Ethics, Utah Valley University

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