I don’t know whether it was by coincidence or intentional, but Affirmation and Evergreen both held their annual conferences in SLC yesterday, thus resulting in an opportunity to compare and contrast their two divergent approaches to the issues surrounding homosexuality in the Church.
The biggest development from the weekend was a lengthy address by Elder Bruce Hafen at the Evergreen conference, providing a semi-official articulation of Church policy with respect to gay issues in the Church.
So what do you think? Which organization has the superior philosophical approach to the issues? Or is it a mixed bag, with one being better on some issues and the other being better on others? Is the Church better off for having two divergent organizations available for gay Mormons and their family members?
[Disclaimer: I have not studied these divergent organizations closely, so I don’t have a strong sense of what the answer to these questions should be. That is why I am asking for your input on the question. From what little I’ve seen I tend to agree with Affirmation philosophically, but I emphasize that as I am not gay I have not made this a matter of close study. I am willing to be taught by your responsible commentary here. And I emphasize the word responsible.]