FRI, NOV 4, 2022 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
A Q&A with Fiona Givens exploring how we can find fulfilling worship within the ecclesiastical church.
Home of Ed and Kristen Iversen
3582 Oak Rim Way Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Or your home via Zoom.
I’m delighted that those who can’t come can join us via zoom. But if you can attend in person, please do. Research shows that being with people who are seen, felt, and heard in person reaps many benefits.
If convenient, please bring a light folding chair. We expect a larger crowd. 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.
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.
Please come with questions and reflections related to how we can worship in a church that often frustrates us. Is it certain members or leaders that are making it difficult? Is it doctrinal teachings or actions of the church? Is it the history of the church? Or is just not feeding you? If you continue to worship within your faith community—these questions are common and pertinent for all churches—what keeps you worshiping with them? What is working for you in your worship?
Rather than Fiona giving a presentation on this topic I’ve asked her to simply tend to questions, comments, and hearts. Some come and share yours!
Fiona Givens graduated with degrees in German and French from the University of Richmond followed by a graduate degree in European History. Fiona taught French and German at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia. She has worked in translation services, as a lobbyist, and as communications director for a non-profit. Her work has been published with Routledge University Press, Exponent II, LDS Living, Journal of Mormon History and Dialogue. She has an article forthcoming with Illinois University Press on the subject of atonement theology and retributive justice. Fiona is also a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences. A longtime collaborator in the books of her husband, Terryl Givens, she is the co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life; Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith; The Christ who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Save us and All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation and Everything in Between. Fiona and Terryl are the parents of six children and a growing number of delightful grandchildren.
EXPLORE BEFORE WE MEET:
- All Things New: A Conversation with Fiona and Terryl Givens
- Imagining a Four-Stage Church — A Conversation with Patrick Mason
- The Science of Spirituality — A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Miller
- Do I Stay Christian? — A Conversation with Brian McLaren
- Suggestion from Fiona: “A Saint Through the Atonement of Christ the Lord”
Apologies that the quality is not great. Had some connection issues.
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