I recently finished compiling some of the most notable blog posts published in the days following the Mormon church’s recent policy changes. I hadn’t intended to post on consecutive days but my proof copy of the book came in the mail this afternoon and I’m so happy with how it turned out that I couldn’t wait to share.
For reasons I don’t entirely understand, witnessing the policy changes and the resulting aftermath left a powerful divine impression on me. It felt significant. I sensed that the religion was happening, that it was alive. In a previous post I discussed how this event fit into the larger Mormon-LGB conversation of 2015. In my view the new policies are an unfortunate mistake, and it feels personal. But something has reminded me that the world is big, and people are big, and love is big, while rules are small. In the end, I haven’t managed to shake how weighty the whole event seemed to be, and if weighty then worthy of study.
Apart from a short introduction, none of the material in this volume is new. It was all shared online in the public space and many of you will have already read most, if not all, of it. The following is an excerpt from the introduction that explains my purpose in doing this exercise:
My intention with this collection is to make more permanent a medium that is inherently fleeting. With modern technology, information moves extremely quickly and disappears at the same pace. In another time, policy changes like the ones discussed here would have taken weeks and even months to reach the majority of church membership, and personal commentary would have disseminated slowly, rarely extending outside one’s immediate circle. Now it takes minutes and reaches far. In recognition of the opportunities and challenges presented by our otherwise ephemeral forms of communication, I created this collection because there are some thoughts in all forms that are worth remembering.
The 200-page collection consists of 49 posts from the first 10 days after the policies appeared. It includes commentary supporting and critiquing the policies–not a perfect balance between the two, but a fair one, I think. I’ve done my best to get it all into an approachable format, but I’m not a graphic designer so don’t expect a miracle.
You can download a free copy of the entire collection as a PDF here, or order a hard copy through Lulu. The book cost is entirely for printing–nothing goes to me. Please share the PDF file freely with anyone who may benefit from it.
Book ($5.45 + shipping)
Note: the Lulu preview shows the cover in a royal blue with pixelated lettering. The actual cover is cleaner and resembles the image at the top of this post. Below is a really bad photo of my proof copy. This is what happens when you take photos with a 4 year-old phone and you’re inept.