• Brainstorming Exercises from the Second Annual Meeting

    During the second annual meeting of the Circling the Wagons Coalition, David Matheson and Jim Struve led us in several brainstorming activities in which the group collectively identified various harms that are faced by LGBTQ/SSA individuals. The group also discussed various ways in which we can create safety for those individuals in our communities. A PDF version of the brainstorming questions and […]

  • Second Annual Meeting Opening Remarks

    By Adam Allred Welcome to the second annual meeting of the Circling the Wagons coalition. It is exciting for me to be part of a group of individuals who see the value in coming together and are committed to identifying ways to improve the lives of those we all care about: our lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

  • Second Annual Coalition Meeting – February 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

    Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: McGillis School Library 668 S 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT

  • Standards of Ethical Communication and Conflict Resolution

    DRAFT presented to the Coalition on August, 14, 2014 Our objective is to promote the emotional, social, physical and sexual safety of Mormons who identify as LGBTQ, same-sex attracted or gender variant, their partners and their loved ones. We hope to promote this safety by engaging in open, constructive dialogues that directly address areas of […]

Shared Values

  1. We acknowledge the richness of Mormon heritage, teachings, and community in all of its diversity as well as the pain some experience within Mormon faith communities.
  2. We believe that one can self–identify as Mormon based on one’s genealogy, upbringing, beliefs, relationships, and other life experiences, regardless of one’s adherence or non–adherence to the teachings or doctrines of any religious organization.
  3. We seek spaces where we can live lives of intellectual and spiritual integrity, individual conscience, and personal dignity.
  4. We acknowledge and honor different spiritual paths and modes of religious or non–religious truth–seeking. We respect the convictions of those who subscribe to ideas and beliefs that differ from our own.
  5. We recognize the confusion, distress, emotional trauma, and social ostracism that LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, Mormon feminists, Mormon intellectuals and Mormons on faith journeys often experience. We seek constructive ways of helping and supporting people, regardless of their ultimate decisions regarding sexuality, self-expression, church affiliation or activity.
  6. We affirm the inherent and equal worth of all human beings. We seek spaces where Mormons (and all people) can interact as equals regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Coalition Plan

If you are reading this page, you have been invited to become a member of the Circling the Wagons Coalition of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their Families Friends and Allies. This website is password-protected and will remain so until October of 2014. The Coalition will hold its first meeting on Friday, February 21, 2014. At that […]

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The Circling the Wagons Coalition will work to meet its objectives through the collective generation of documents seeking to define Coalition standards. It is anticipated that the first documents that will be produced will include: Standards of Ethical Communication Standards of Conflict Resolution Standards to Ensure the Social, Emotional, Physical and Sexual safety of LGBTQ/SSA […]

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Members of the Coalition are are committed to striving together to serve LGBTQ/SSA Mormons by: Establishing and following standards of ethical communication Establishing and following standards of productive conflict resolution Collaborating on projects that align with shared ideals Promoting the empowerment of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons through education Promoting the empowerment of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons through advocating that […]

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