A Famous Guy at Sunstone

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For the last few weeks I have been helping out at Sunstone, preparing for the August symposium. I couldn't help but be impressed by the name Reverend Dr. C.Welton Gaddy, but it wasn't until I had to track down his contact info and realized that he had a secretary and a bunch of assistants, that I started to figure out that this guy is kind of a big deal.

And then I did some asking, and I realized that I already knew about this guy, and thought he was pretty awesome. He has made many appearances on the Rachel Maddow Show, which is where I heard about him. He says things like this:

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or this

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Gaddy is the president of the Interfaith Alliance. He has a national reputation of the stature that makes him an appropriate candidate for being the symposium's keynote speaker, and being feted and honored and all sorts of things. But this guy is so decent and dedicated that he is paying to attend the symposium, so that he can present a paper on this topic, which is ever so relevant to Mormonism, politics and human rights:

SAME-GENDER MARRIAGE & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: A CALL TO QUIET CONVERSATIONS AND PUBLIC DEBATES


While many faith traditions, including Mormonism, have grappled with issues of equality, such as same-gender marriage, much of that work has been viewed through a traditional or scriptural lens. Our goal is to shift the perspective of LGBT equality from a place of "problem" to "solution," from a scriptural argument to a religious liberty agreement, and to address the issue of equality as informed by the US Constitution.

There are lots of great sessions at the upcoming symposium--you can check out the preliminary program here (and hey, if you're planning to attend, please register sooner rather than later!)--but this one is, in my opinion, one you cannot miss. (Though I just might miss it anyway since it's up against a presentation by a really good friend. Oh well. At least Sunstone records the programs and lets you download them to listen to at your leisure, for a small fee.)

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