Titled, "Coming together: Listening to Gain Understanding and Find Common Ground," the conference will be held Saturday at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East. It's open to the public; for more information visit circlingthewagons.org.
The Circling the Wagons Coalition is made up of mental health professionals and community leaders and is designed to build understanding between LGBT Mormons and members of the LDS Church, according to a conference brochure. Past speakers have ranged from Josh Weed, a gay Mormon blogger whose post about his happy marriage to a woman went viral in 2012, to Jim Dabakis, the state senator and chairman of the Utah Democratic Party who married his longtime partner during the two weeks that gay marriage was legal in Utah.
The church's doctrinal position is that sex should happen only between a married man and a woman, and members have worked against legalization of same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere. But in an official statement on the issue, the church also stresses "kindness, compassion and understanding," and in recent years groups such as Mormons Building Bridges worked to bridge the at-times contentious divide.
More than two dozen people from a variety of religious backgrounds will speak at the conference, which includes a workshop for "families in conflict," on Friday evening and officially starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Circling the Wagons
The coalition, which focuses on building understanding between members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, will hold a conference starting 11 a.m Saturday at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East. It will continue through Sunday and is open to the public. Visit http://bit.ly/MGgYB4 for more info.