MON, JUNE 6, 2022 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
Explore how viewing the Proclamation through the lens of yin and yang offer us new perspectives.
IN-PERSON GATHERING AND VIA ZOOM:
Home of Ed and Kristen Iversen
3582 Oak Rim Way Salt Lake City, UT 84109
It may be advisable to bring a light folding chair. Thank you.
If there is no parking to be found near the home you can also park in the “park & ride” lot on the NW corner of 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. Oak Rim Way is just east of the intersection on the north side.
Or your home via Zoom.
Thanks to Kristen and Ed Iversen for sharing their home again with us. And thanks to Jana Spangler for continuing to host us via Zoom. Below is some helpful info for being part of a Zoom convo. I will also note below the Zoom address so that you can connect. If you are not on my email list then either join at the bottom of this site’s home page or text or call me at 801-695-5036.
We will talk about the Proclamation from the perspective of a Taoist model of ji (extremes) and wuji (no extremes). I’ll be arguing that it can shed light on the Latter-day Saint teaching of “opposition in all things.” Both propose a similar interaction of extremes that leads to their resolution. Why are both extremes and a state of no extremes necessary?
These days, many of us struggle with issues of gender identity, sexuality, marriage, and family life. How can the Taoist dialectic help us gain a better understanding of the following issues?
- Why do we sanction romance, if we do?
- Who are our models of gender identity?
- Latter-day Saints are peculiar. But are we also queer? Is gender fluidity a good or bad thing?
- Why didn’t our Mother in Heaven appear in this proclamation about the eternal family, of all places?
Read over the materials and listen to Johnny Matthis’ two songs. Think things through, then come prepared to have an honest, substantive yet kind, once-in-a-lifetime group discussion with friends and strangers about gender identity, sexuality, marriage, and about how being a Latter-day Saint helps you be your best self (or why you’re glad you aren’t a Latter-day Saint.)
Charles Shirō Inouye is the author of several books, including zion earth zen sky (Maxwell Institute). His first volume of short stories, Hymns of Silence, will appear in 2023 from By Common Consent. He is married to Rei Okamoto and has three children—Mie, Leif, Kan—and one dog, Rudee. A professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture at Tufts University, he won the Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for his translations of Izumi Kyōka, and is also a recipient of Tufts’ Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. He is a Compassionate Service Leader in the Arlington Ward, Cambridge Massachusetts Stake.
- Read the attached document (Essay, Proclamation, Questions). The Family Proclamation yin and yang
- Look over 2 Nephi 2 and Mosiah 3
- Listen to Johnny Mathis “Wonderful, Wonderful” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”
- Tell someone how much you love them
- Click on the Zoom link above.
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- If you are having difficulty with the technology, don’t hold up the meeting by distracting other participants for solutions. Try Googling your problem. I do that with most of life’s problems.
- Speaking of distractions—just as when we used to meet in person in the good old days, let’s be cautious about using the chat for side conversations that may distract others. You can always ask for people’s contact info and continue your conversation—I’d love that to happen. Or, let me know, and I’ll do my darndest to give you a chance to share to the group.
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