You may have noticed that we’ve tweaked our color scheme, changed our banner image and made a few other changes. Our site design is admittedly a work-in-progress; your comments (read: rants) are taken very seriously in that respect.
Let me point out for you the most important site change, in case you missed it: the button in our right-hand sidebar, linking to Dialogue. It represents a new collaboration between Dialogue and BCC, one that we’re very excited about, but one that merits some discussion and explanation.
For some time now, we’ve been thinking at BCC about how to expand in the academic fields of mormon studies; at the same time, Dialogue has working to expand readership and reach new, younger audiences. We believe that by working together, BCC and Dialogue can achieve both of these goals.
Here at BCC, you’ll see advance articles and exclusive content from upcoming Dialogue issues, as well as interviews, discussions and behind-the-scenes views from current topics in mormon studies. We’re also excited about delving into past issues in mormon thought; having access to Dialogue‘s 40 years of experience will give BCC posts new depth and new context. Drawing upon past and present Dialogue board members, authors and editors as resources for posts and comments will, we, believe, give new life to discussions here and help us in our goal to explore ideas in a spiritually fulfilling and uplifting way.
In the introductory issue of Dialogue, Eugene England declared:
My faith as a Mormon encourages by specific doctrines my feeling that each man is eternally unique and god-like in potential, that each man deserves a hearing and that we have something important to learn from each man if we can hear him — if he can speak and we can listen well. Dialogue is possible to those who can. Such a dialogue will not solve all of our intellectual and spiritual problems — and it will not save us; but it can bring us joy and new vision and help us toward that dialogue with our deepest selves and with our God which can save us.
We at BCC adopt this vision whole-heartedly, and so we are changing. As part of this change, we’re pleased to announce a new, special guest blogger: Levi Peterson, editor of Dialogue, professor and author. This is Levi’s first real foray into the bloggernacle, and we think he’ll fit in just fine here at BCC — we anxiously await to read from him as he posts in the coming days, weeks and months.
Let me also say that even though BCC is changing and aligning itself with Dialogue, some things around here won’t change. We will still try to explore issues thoughtfully, with our minds and with the Spirit. We will not be ashamed of orthodoxy, but we will also continue to respect opposing views. We will keep our sense of humor. We will remain in every important way as we first set out: "a liberal-minded, yet grossly intolerant Mormon blog: we tolerate dissent, but not stupidity."
Updated: I forgot to mention one of the best parts! BCC readers receive 50% subscription prices for Dialogue. For a limited time only-new subscribers are being offered 50% off the regular subscription rate. Contact the business office by email dialoguejournal.com and mention you saw the BCC