Category: Blog

BRAVERY BULLETIN

I nominate Jennifer Inman Morrison, for going to a conflict-charged and non-resolution-seeking meeting and behaving like this: “Jennifer is still singing “Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too” outside in the freezing cold as the organizers leave the building and channel 2 does their live segment. Bless her.” — Doree Jo Ashcraft Burt

Cross-post from “Our Eagle Project Journey”

This post summarizes the steps we took to start the GSA (high-school gay-straight alliance) in hopes to encourage anyone who would like to try to start one of their own. I will first list the basic steps then go into further detail and advice for each step and include links. 1a. Find student interest 1b.…
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Op-Ed on the 2014 Housing and Employment Opportunity Act

Erika Munson One of Christianity’s most beautiful and challenging invitations is to care about the well-being of the person who is most different from you. Jesus taught that the person you are wary of, the person with whom you may deeply disagree, the person you may consider your enemy–may be lying by the side of…
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The Media’s Influence and the Goals of Mormons Building Bridges

Comments for the Society of Professional Journalists: LGBT and the media panel on November 21, 2013, Salt Lake Public Library My name is Erika Munson and I represent Mormons Building Bridges. We are a grassroots organization whose goal is to make LDS homes and congregations safe and welcoming for LGBT people and support our LGBT…
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The Sacred Experience of Knowing the Other

Remarks given at the Affirmation Conference September 14, 2013 Erika P. Munson I have been cheered lately every time I pass the Lutheran church in my neighborhood. On their marquee they have transposed the words from a familiar Christian children’s song to “Jesus Knows Me, This I Love”. Why does a simple transposition of the…
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Message to Bishops and Stake Presidents

Hello fellow MBBer’s! September is a special month because it has a fifth Sunday. The third hour of any fifth Sunday that we have throughout the year is set aside for local bishops and stake presidents to identify topics of special interest to discuss. Wouldn’t it be great if we contacted our bishops and suggested…
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Response to BSA’s resolution to include LGB scouts

Mormons Building Bridges celebrates inclusive scouting. We applaud the BSA’s resolution that, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The LDS Church’s response is equally gratifying: “Sexual orientation has not previously been—and is not now—a disqualifying factor for boys who want to join Latter-day…
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THE federal EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (ENDA) FAQ AND ANSWERS

I. GENERAL QUESTIONS Why is ENDA necessary? ENDA is necessary because LGBT people face serious discrimination in employment, including being fired from a job, being denied a promotion, and experiencing harassment on the job. There is no federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Only 21 states have laws…
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Remarks given at Utah Pride Interfaith Service

 A person of faith has many reasons to be angry. There is such a chasm between what we want and what there is. As we seek to live a life that is in harmony with a wise and loving God the contrast with our foolish and hateful world becomes ever starker. But what do we…
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Building Bridges during the 2013 Legislative Session

My name is Berta Marquez and I’m here to say that it is our shared story that brings us together today. You see I consider myself a quinfecta of sympathies for today’s cause – I am Latina, female, political refugee, gay, and Mormon. I also stand here as a representative of Mormons Building Bridges, a…
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