“Examining the Origins of Scripture” will be the theme of the 2nd Annual Restoration Studies / Sunstone Midwest Symposium, to be held April 17-18, 2009, in Independence, Missouri.
Co-sponsored by the Community of Christ Seminary, the John Whitmer Historical Association, and Sunstone, the symposium will be held in the Independence Campus of Graceland University — just a few blocks west of the Temple Lot. Many of the presentations will be published in the Restoration Studies journal, which has been published irregularly by the Community of Christ Temple School since 1980 and will be published annually by JWHA beginning in 2009.
I’ve been to a lot of Mormon studies conferences, but I think there was more energy at first one of these (April of this year) than any I’ve been to. Of the 151 attendees, a majority were Community of Christ, about a quarter were LDS, and the rest were “other.” We’re hoping this year to increase the number of LDS attendees so that the numbers are closer to parity.
We’re also planning this year to do a post-conference tour of the Missouri Mormon history sites on Sunday April 19. If you haven’t been to Missouri, this would be a great opportunity to see the sites of Zion and Eden. Meanwhile, put your thinking caps on, organize your thoughts on scripture, and send your proposals to Proposals@RestorationStudies.org.
The 2009 Program Co-Chairs:
Margie Miller and Ron Dawbarn, JWHA
Don Compier, Community of Christ Seminary
Mary Ellen Robertson, Sunstone
Side note: the scripture references are to the Community of Christ versification. RLDS Alma 17:31 = LDS Alma 37:1-2; RLDS D&C 17:4a = LDS D&C 20:17-18; RLDS D&C 163 = LDS D&C doesn’t go up that high.