Claremont Mormon Studies

War & Peace in our times: Mormon perspectives

War and Peace in Our Times: Mormon Perspectives Conference

Claremont Graduate University
March 18–19, 2011

Under the sponsorship of The LDS Council on Mormon Studies and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame

The program will address the critical issues of war and peace from a variety of Mormon perspectives. Elder Lance Wickman, former member of the First Quorum of Seventy and a Vietnam veteran, will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening, March 18.

Complimentary dinners and lunches will be provided for those who register by March 11. Register by emailing information to: . Please include your name, email address, institution or place of residence, and whether you want dinner, lunch, or both.

Program Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Friday, March 18

Albrecht Auditorium, Claremont Graduate University, 945 Dartmouth Ave, Claremont Calif.

1:00–1:15 Welcome
  • CGU representative
  • Richard Bushman
1:15–2:00 Session 1 — The Book of Mormon, I
  • F. R. Rick Duran, "Pax Sanctorum: From the Plates, a Pacifist Manifesto"
  • Joshua Madson, "A Nonviolent Reading of the Book of Mormon"
  • Robert Rees, "Children of Light: How the Nephites Sustained Two Centuries of Peace"
2:45–4:00 Session 2 — The Book of Mormon, II
  • Morgan Deane, "The Narrow Strip of Wilderness in the Modern Age: Strategic Lessons from the Book of Mormon"
  • Graham St. John Stott, "Reading Gaza in the Book of Mormon"
  • J. David Pulsipher, "The Ammonite Conundrum"
4:00–4:30 Plenary Discussions of Sessions 1 & 2
4:45–6:00 Session 3 — Doctrine & Covenants 98
  • Ron Madson, "Section 98: The Immutable 'Rejected' Covenant"
  • Gordon Thomasson, "'Renounce War and Proclaim Peace': Reflections on Mormon Attempts at Peacemaking"
  • Kerry Kartchner, "The Lord's Promise to Fight Our Battles: A Commentary on D&C 98:33–37"

Friday Evening

Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, Calif.

6:30–7:30 Dinner
8:00–9:00 Keynote Speaker — Elder Lance B. Wickman
Emeritus General Authority and decorated Army veteran

    Saturday, March 19

    Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, Calif.

    9:00–10:15 Session 4 — Historical Perspectives
    • Jennifer Lindell, "Fall from Grace: Mormon Millennialism, Native Americans, and Violence"
    • Mark Ashurst–McGee, "Zion as a Refuge from the Wars of Nations: Cultural Resource or Impediment?"
    • Robert Hellebrand, "General Conference Addresses During Times of War"
    10:30–11:15 Session 5 — In Defense of Peace
    A panel discussion led by Eric Jensen and Kerry Kartchner
    11:30–12:45 Session 6 — Prominent Voices
    • D. Michael Quinn, "Pacifist Counselor in the First Presidency: J. Reuben Clark, 1933–61"
    • Boyd Petersen, "'The Work of Death': Hugh Nibley and War"
    • Loyd Ericson, "Eugene England's Theology of Peace"
    1:00–2:45 Lunch
    View and discuss film Trouble in Zion
    3:00–4:15 Session 7 — News from the Front
    • Chaplain Kathryn Stucki, “The Physical, Mental and Spiritual Impact of Serving in the Military and in War on Modern Day Mormons”
    • Eric Eliason, “Latter-day Saint Views on Current Conflicts:  An LDS Chaplain’s Perspective”
    • Major Jonathan Petty
    4:30–5:45 Session 8 — International Perspectives
    • Jesse Fulcher, “Nonviolent Responses and Mormon Attitudes:  Reasons and Realities”
    • Ethan Yorgason, “Negotiating War and Peace in Korea:  A Comparison of U.S. Military and Korean Latter-day Saints”
    • Chad Ford, “From This Place:  International Worldviews of War and Peace at BYU Hawaii”
    5:45–6:30 Closing Plenary Session
    with introductory comments by Kerry Kartchner, Richard Bushman, and Patrick Mason