Call for Applications – 2019 Mormon Theology Seminar

The Sixth Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology
“Given Thee by My Spirit: Reading D&C 25”
Union Theological Seminary, New York City
June 16–June 29, 2019

Sponsored by the Mormon Theology Seminar
in partnership with
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
& the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University

In the summer of 2019, the Mormon Theology Seminar, in partnership with Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute and Wheatley Institution, will sponsor a summer seminar for graduate students and faculty devoted to reading Doctrine and Covenants 25. The seminar will be hosted at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, from June 16 through June 29, 2019. Travel arrangements, housing, and a $1000 stipend will be provided for admitted participants. The seminar will be led by Joseph M. Spencer and Rosalynde Welch.

This sixth annual summer seminar will again adapt the Mormon Theology Seminar’s practice of facilitating intense, exploratory, interdisciplinary, and collaborative readings of Mormon scripture for a live two-week format. During the first week, the seminar will meet daily to work word by word through the text of Doctrine and Covenants 25 from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (philosophical, historical, literary, anthropological, rhetorical, political, archeological, sociological, etc.) in order to promote theologically rich readings of the text. During the second week, seminar members will workshop conference papers and a joint report based on the previous week’s collaboration. The Seminar will culminate in a one-day conference, open to the public, on June 29, 2019. The conference proceedings will then be gathered and edited for publication.

The seminar welcomes applications from a wide variety of academic disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and geographic locations. Graduate students, junior faculty, and scholars based outside the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply, though applications from senior and independent scholars are also welcome.

Applications should be submitted by January 1, 2019. Notifications will be sent by February 1, 2019. Application materials should include (1) a full curriculum vitae, (2) a 200-word statement regarding the applicant’s interest in the seminar, and (3) an essay of 500-750 words that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to offer a close, creative, and theologically substantial reading of D&C 25:15.

Questions and application materials should be directed to

For more information about the Mormon Theology Seminar, visit:

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  1. Mike Hunt says:

    Are members from splinter groups such as The Community of Christ, The Apostolic United Brethren, The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fellowships of the Remnants, or The Church of Christ (Temple Lot) invited to this seminar?
    Or is that too much diversity of opinion?

  2. Rosalynde Welch says:

    Yes, we have had past participants from outside the LDS community, who had significant interest in and expertise on Mormon scriptural texts. All qualified applicants are welcome!

  3. You should invite David the prophet. Also known as “Mormon Kabbalah” on Twitter.
    He has some very interesting views on Mormon Theology.

  4. Sounds like fun.

  5. These seminars are where important theological work is going on. My daughter bought all of the previous sessions pubs and I’ve read most of them. Some of the best scriptural insights and readings I’ve ever encountered come out of these seminars. I’m so happy to see these continuing and Rosalynde Welch is going to be fantastic leader next year!

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