Affirmation Conference Workshops
August 13, 2016
This year, a new approach is being taken to how workshops have been organized.
There will be eight different “workshop tracks,” each representing a specific area of interest or a specific need.
There will be tracks specifically for parents and allies, church leaders, and youth.
Three tracks will focus on areas requested by previous conference participants: “Personal Well-Being,” “Relationships and Dating,” and “Community Building and Intersectionality.”
Two tracks will focus on spirituality, one on “Claiming our Faith as Mormons” (geared toward active and/or believing LDS) and another on “Faith Transitions” (geared toward those who wish to explore other faiths).
If participants wish, they can focus on a single area of interest and follow that track through all the available workshop sessions, or they can mix and match and move from one track to another.
The workshops are being designed with a hands-on, participatory approach in mind. Facilitators may present some information when that is needed for informed discussion, but most of the time will be spent in dialog, story-sharing and exploration.
Here are the workshops as presently constituted (though some details may change between now and conference):
COMMUNITY BUILDING AND INTERSECTIONALITY TRACK
The Problem of Patriarchy
Building Intersectional Awareness
Gender Fluidity, Sexual Fluidity, Asexuality
PERSONAL WELL-BEING TRACK
Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training
RELATIONSHIPS AND DATING TRACK
Effective Communication in Relationships
Dating and Sexuality for LGBTQ+ Mormons
Spirituality in Relationships
FAITH TRANSITIONS TRACK
Deciding Which Values and Beliefs to Keep
Embracing a New Spiritual Path
Managing Relationships with Active LDS Family, Friends and Church Members/Leaders Post-Policy
CLAIMING OUR FAITH AS MORMONS TRACK
LGBTQ+ People in Mormon Theology and Doctrine
Navigating Church Activity and Relationships Post-Policy
Personal Revelation and Spirituality
Mama Dragons Story Project