This Saturday night, I will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Sunstone Symposium. This is a tremendous honor, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.
So, what’s Sunstone? Here’s a link to their website.
Well, let’s see, it’s a magazine, a really interesting one, with lots of articles that will really resonate with you and other articles that don’t resonate at all, but that’s okay. They publish short stories (they run an annual contest, and publish the winners), plus personal essays, doctrinal essays, historical essays; all sorts of stuff. They also publish plays, and have published a number of mine–8, I think, but I could be wrong. Once a year they sponsor the Sunstone Symposium, and there are all these awesome sessions where all sorts of fascinating topics get raised and discussed.
Sunstone is a home for people who don’t feel at home with mainstream Mormonism. Except a lot of the people who congregate there are pretty mainstream Mormons.
Try it this way. If you’re a Mormon, and you’re lonely and full of doubt and scared and you feel totally alone, totally out on a limb by yourself, and no one in your ward seems to even get why you feel that way, and you try to tell your home or visiting teachers and they are really super nice, but give you that look, like what on earth is wrong with this person, Sunstone is for you. Sunstone is where you’ll find a community.
That’s not to say that Sunstone is for disaffected Mormons, though there are disaffected Mormons who come.
When I was first hired at BYU, Sunstone asked if they could publish one of my plays, Accommodations. I was thrilled, and they did a dandy job with it; it looked great in the magazine, with illustrations that I loved as well. I’ve been published there many times since.
I have also spoken there many times in the past, though never as keynote speaker. I’m only able to go to my session this year, sadly, due to health concerns. But I love the place. Just love it.
If you have a chance to catch any part of Sunstone, please, do, you’ll be glad. I’m speaking at the University of Utah Student Union. There’s a banquet, and then I’ll speak, around 7:00. I look forward to seeing some of you there.