Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye & Marion Bishop
THUR, JUL 13, 2023 | 7:30-9:00 pm MDT
Explore the scriptural injunction to “prepare every needful thing” in the context of current challenges and while navigating a patriarchal church.
Home of Jana and Rob Spangler
2013 E Lincoln Cir,
Holladay, UT 84124
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Thanks to Jana and Rob for hosting this gathering in their home. And 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.
I’m delighted that those who can’t attend in person can join us via zoom. I’m sorry I can’t give you the same care and attention given to those in person. But if you ever can join us physically in the same space, then I hope you will. Research shows that being with people who are seen, felt, and heard in person reaps many benefits. We would be blessed by your presence.
What is every needful thing? How can the pursuit of every needful thing help us, those we love, and the rest of the world flourish and become a more Zion like people? We will explore how a group of remarkable Latter-Day Saints from all over the world wrestle with this question in their professional, personal, cultural, and religious lives. Scholars Kate Holbrook and Melissa Inouye sought, collected, and edited accounts of exceptional women pursuing this scriptural injunction found in D&C 88:118.
An introduction to their book, Every Needful Thing: Essays on the Life of the Mind and the Heart, states: “Instead of pushing us to choose between faith and reason, love and law, truth within the restored gospel and truth in the wider world of God’s children, (the) writers urge us to seek “anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report” and learn to live in a world of complexity and abundance.”
If there has ever been a need to learn to live well in a world of complexity and abundance, it is now. How do we discern with our minds and hearts what is worth our attention and energy and what isn’t? Come and dive deep into this subject and share your thoughts with Melissa and Marian and our group of seekers.
Melissa received AB and PhD degrees from Harvard University. She is a senior lecturer in Asian studies at the University of Auckland and a historian at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An accomplished and appreciated writer in her own right, Melissa has written two other important books: Crossings: A Bald Asian American Latter-day Saint Woman Scholar’s Ventures Through Life, Death, Cancer, and Motherhood and China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church.
Marion Bishop is an ER doctor and writer who practices in the Intermountain West. Before going to medical school, she earned a PhD in English and taught college English for eleven years. She writes and speaks regularly about intersection of medicine and the Humanities and has been interviewed frequently about the pandemic. She has published op-eds, written academic articles, and had essays included in medical journals and book collections. She is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, as well as a speaker to student and other groups.
Melissa Inouye Photo by Ellie Alder/BYU
EXPLORE BEFORE WE MEET:
- D&C 88:118
- Every Needful Thing: Essays on the Life of the Mind and the Heart
- Faith Matters interview about Every Needful Thing
- The Call To Be in the World — A Conversation with Astrid Tuminez (one of the essayists in Every Needful Thing.)
- Exponent II podcast: Coping with Contradiction with Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye
- About Kate Holbrook
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