War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives

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February 27, 2011 by J. Madson

Open Invent for everyone who wants to come. A couple of us will be presenting. Look forward to seeing you there.

“War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives”

Claremont Graduate University

March 18-19, 2011

Under the sponsorship of

The LDS Council on Mormon Studies

and the

Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

at the University of Notre Dame

The program will address the critical issues of war and peace from a variety of Mormon perspectives. Elder Lance Wickman, former member of the First Quorum of Seventy and a Vietnam veteran, will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening, March 18.

Complimentary dinners and lunches will be provided for those who register by March 11.

Register by emailing information to:  ldswarpeace@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, institution or place of residence, and whether you want dinner, lunch, or both.

For directions and updated information go to http://claremontmormonstudies.org/war-and-peace

Program Schedule

(Subject to change)

Friday, March 18

Albrecht Auditorium, Claremont Graduate University, 945 Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA

1:00 – 1:15       Welcome

  • CGU representative
  • Richard Bushman

1:15 – 2:30       Session 1 – The Book of Mormon, I

  • F. R. Rick Duran, “Pax Sanctorum:  From the Plates, a Pacifist Manifesto”
  • Joshua Madson, “A Nonviolent Reading of the Book of Mormon”
  • Robert Rees, “Children of Light:  How the Nephites Sustained Two Centuries of Peace”

2:45 – 4:00       Session 2 – The Book of Mormon, II

  • Morgan Deane, “The Narrow Strip of Wilderness in the Modern Age:  Strategic Lessons from the Book of Mormon”
  • Graham St. John Stott, “Reading Gaza in the Book of Mormon”
  • J. David Pulsipher, “The Ammonite Conundrum”

4:00 – 4:30       Plenary discussion of Sessions 1 & 2

4:45 – 6:00       Session 3 – Doctrine & Covenants 98

  • Ron Madson, “Section 98:  The Immutable ‘Rejected’ Covenant”
  • Gordon Thomasson, “‘Renounce War and Proclaim Peace’:  Reflections on Mormon Attempts at Peacemaking”
  • Kerry Kartchner, “The Lord’s Promise to Fight Our Battles:  A Commentary on D&C 98:33-37”

Friday Evening

Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA

6:30 – 7:30       Dinner

8:00 – 9:00       Keynote speaker – Elder Lance B. Wickman, Emeritus General Authority and decorated Army veteran

Saturday, March 19

Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA

9:00 – 10:15     Session 4 – Historical Perspectives

  • Jennifer Lindell, “Fall from Grace:  Mormon Millennialism, Native Americans, and Violence”
  • Mark Ashurst-McGee, “Zion as a Refuge from the Wars of Nations:  Cultural Resource or Impediment?”
  • Robert Hellebrand, “General Conference Addresses during Times of War”

10:30 – 11:15   Session 5 – In Defense of Peace

A panel discussion led by Eric Jensen and Kerry Kartchner

11:30 – 12:45   Session 6 – Prominent Voices

  • D. Michael Quinn, “Pacifist Counselor in the First Presidency:  J. Reuben Clark, 1933-61”
  • Boyd Petersen, “‘The Work of Death’:  Hugh Nibley and War”
  • Loyd Ericson, “Eugene England’s Theology of Peace”

1:00 – 2:45       Lunch

View and discuss film Trouble in Zion

3:00 – 4:15       Session 7 – News from the Front

  • Chaplain Kathryn Stucki, “The Physical, Mental and Spiritual Impact of Serving in the Military and in War on Modern Day Mormons”
  • Eric Eliason, “Latter-day Saint Views on Current Conflicts:  An LDS Chaplain’s Perspective”
  • Major Jonathan Petty

4:30 – 5:45       Session 8 – International Perspectives

  • Jesse Fulcher, “Nonviolent Responses and Mormon Attitudes:  Reasons and Realities”
  • Ethan Yorgason, “Negotiating War and Peace in Korea:  A Comparison of U.S. Military and Korean Latter-day Saints”
  • Chad Ford, “From This Place:  International Worldviews of War and Peace at BYU Hawaii”

5:45 – 6:30       Closing plenary discussion, with introductory comments by Kerry Kartchner, Richard Bushman, and Patrick Mason


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