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By Sunstone News Release

Call for Papers - 2002 Sunstone West Symposium

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA -- The 2002 Sunstone West Symposium will be held April 19th and 20th in Pasadena, California. Organizers are now looking for papers, proposals, volunteers and support.

SYMPOSIUM PURPOSE. The Sunstone Symposium is dedicated to the idea that the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ are better understood and, as a consequence, better lived when they are freely and frankly explored within the society of the Saints.

We recognize that the search for things that are, have been, and are to be is a sifting process in which much chaff will have to be inspected and threshed before wheat can be harvested.

We welcome the honest ponderings of Latter-day Saints and their friends and expect that everyone will approach all issues, no matter how difficult, with intelligence and good will.

FAITH. Hear the words that inspire Christian living by exploring gospel truths, sharing spiritual journeys, and untying knotty challenges.

COMMUNITY. Meet new friends whose thoughts and experiences parallel yours (or, better yet, if they don't). Sunstone symposiums provide a forum for meeting scholars, sharing with others of similar interests, and joining in hallway conversations.

KNOWLEDGE. Learn new strategies to be an intelligent Christian disciple in the (post)modern age, and gain insights in understanding your own journey.

FUN. Wrestle with new, stimulating, and lively viewpoints. Savor well-crafted sermons. Match famous scholars' names with faces. Laugh in the humor sessions. Indulge in late-night discussions you never have time for elsewhere. Buy the latest books. Wonder at the blooming diversity among God's people.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS. Sunstone seeks to celebrate and explore Mormon experience, issues, and art through diverse approaches and from many perspectives. From scholarly paper to artistic expression, we strive for excellence in thought and quality in presentation.

FORMATS. Sessions may be scholarly papers, panel discussions, interviews, personal essays, sermons, dramatic performances, literary readings, debates, comic routines, art displays, or musical presentations. Given Sunstone West's proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment industry, we are especially interested this year in having several sessions explore religion in film, the perspectives of Mormons involved in the entertainment industry, and the portrayal of faith on the small or big screen.

PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE. Session title; a seventy- five word abstract; presenters' names, vitas, backgrounds, and contact information; a detailed summary of the topic's relevance and importance to Mormon studies; description of any audio or visual equipment needs. If possible, include a complete preliminary draft.

DEADLINE. Submit proposals by 6 February 2002. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered on a time/space-available basis.

SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO: Kirstin Wald 7877 Airport Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 or, (310) 568-0088 (h) (310) 645-1364 (fax)

LOCATION: Pasadena Hilton 168 South Los Robles Pasadena, CA 91101 The hotel is a fifteen-minute drive from the Burbank Airport and a forty-five-minute drive from LAX or Ontario Airport.

RESERVATIONS. Call 1-800-HILTONS, 626- 577-1000, or visit . A block of rooms has been reserved for Sunstone participants; ask for the Sunstone room rates when you make your reservations.

WEB PAGE. Sunstone West 2002 has a web site that will be updated as more information becomes available. Check it out: .

EMAIL. If you have questions or comments, please direct them to

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. We welcome all who would like to assist in putting Sunstone West together. Please contact co-chairs Lee Poulsen or Mary Ellen Robertson if you can volunteer.


Call for Papers - 2002 Sunstone West Symposium
Sunstone News Release 12Dec01 N4


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