Mormon Studies Conference

UVU's Religious Studies Program has been sponsoring its annual Mormon Studies conference since March, 2001. These conferences bring together scholars, practitioners, and other presenters to explore a variety of topics and themes in Mormon culture, theology, history, literature, etc. 

April 12-13, 2016

Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance
Negotiating Identities in and Around Mormonism

Among the most important features of religious communities is the way in which they establish and maintain boundaries. Religious beliefs, practices, and identities are shaped by a complex variety of internal and external forces. With its belief in modern revelation, extra-biblical scripture, and an embodied God, Mormonism has challenged the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy. Though its status as a world faith appears to be certain, its status as a legitimate form of Christianity continues to be debated.

Conversely, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has increasingly faced boundary questions within the community. From divisions over polygamy and spiritualism in the nineteenth century to more recent debates over same-sex marriage, women’s ordination, and prophetic authority, the Church continues to wrestle with questions of diversity within its ranks. This conference will explore how Mormonism at once both challenges Christian boundaries and is challenged to enforce its own borders in the effort to maintain unity and integrity as a tradition. 
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Previous Conferences:

  • Mormons & Catholics: From the Margins to the Mainstream (April 13, 2015) - program

  • Mormonism and the Asian Traditions: Buddhism (April 15, 2014) - program

  • The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts (April 4-5, 2013) - program

  • Mormonism and the Internet: Negotiating Religious Community and Identity in the Virtual World (March 29-30, 2012) - program

  • Mormonism and Islam (March 10-11, 2011) - program

  • Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education (November 5-6, 2009) - program

  • Mormonism in the Public Mind: Perspectives on an Emerging World Religion (April 2-3, 2009) - program

  • Restoration Christianity: Commonality and Divergence in Latter-day Saint Movements (April 1, 2008)

  • Mormonism and the Environment (April 4, 2007)

  • Mormonism and the Christian Tradition (March 30 - April 1, 2006)

  • Mormonism and Social Justice (March 2-4, 2005)

  • Mormon Theology Conference (co-sponsored with SMPT), (March 19-20, 2004)

  • Perspectives on Mormon Culture (March 19-20, 2004)

  • Passing the Portals: Mormon Literature in the 21st Century (co-sponsored with AML) (February 21-22, 2003)

  • Mormon Philosophy Conference (March 25, 2002)

  • Conference on the Study of Mormon Culture (March 21, 2001)