The Sunstone Symposium that begins next week (3 – 6 August) provides an excellent springboard into a discussion of the history and focuses of two of the longest-running and most important entities in independent Mormon thought: Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and Sunstone (magazine and host of multiple conferences each year).
In today’s Internet world with ever-increasing numbers of Mormon-themed websites, blogs, and podcasts, it is sometimes easy to forget that many of the most frequent topics under discussion in today’s forums have been debated and discussed in uncorrelated publications and gatherings for more than four decades, and that we who enjoy (or crave) these conversations today have an amazing treasure trove of wonderfully written, meticulously researched, and pioneering articles and essays that are definitely worth discovering, as well as thousands of highly thoughtful, dynamic, and many times funny discussions available in audio for free (or close-to-free) downloading.
Please join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon along with Joanna Brooks, Dialogue editor Kristine Haglund, and Sunstone editor Stephen Carter for a fun and informative tour of the history and contributions of these stalwart organizations and their offerings, along with some very thoughtful (not kidding here: listen!) comments about the way the blogging/podcasting and print worlds each have important and separate functions and roles to play but also how they can (and already do) benefit from each other. In the first half hour, Joanna also pushes Kristine into sharing some of her own experiences growing up in a faithful but very “thinky” home in which Dialogue was always around and difficult questions in Mormonism were regularly discussed, with no topics off limits.
After listening, please join in the fun by sharing your thoughts and ideas in the comments below! What do you see as the ideal continuing role for these stalwart independent Mormon institutions? What are your favorite classic articles, essays, humor pieces, and/or Sunstone symposium sessions?