What does it mean to be a thinking Latter-day Saint in Europe? How does it feel to be intellectually active and engaged with the world around you, while applying LDS values? Historically, Europeans like Karl Maeser and John Widtsoe have played a vital role in the spiritual and intellectual life of Mormonism. Today, new horizons call. Latter-day Saints in Europe face unique challenges in their efforts to live, think, and engage society using faith-based principles, yet many are doing just that. They look to the historical roots and the theological possibilities of their religion and seek involvement in efforts that range from human rights and religious liberty to combating pornography.
This initial seminar will encourage such engagement by giving a group of young European Mormons a rigorous but intimate setting in which to consider the implications of their own faith. We invite participation by intellectually active LDS students (undergraduate and graduate), aspiring scholars, and young professionals from across Europe and from all backgrounds. The seminar will be highly interactive and will involve close work with senior LDS scholars and professionals from Europe and the U.S. It requires English-language fluency and readiness to read sophisticated preparatory material. It will appeal to those who desire to work with fellow Latter-day Saints on a sustained basis to work out ways to engage the increasingly complex world around them.
The seminar will be held 8–10 December 2016, at the BYU London Centre. It is co-sponsored by the London Centre and BYU’s Wheatley Institution, Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, and International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Housing and meals will be provided at no cost to seminar participants. Limited funds are available to help cover travel costs to London. Those who desire such assistance will have the opportunity to mention this in their application.
The application deadline is Monday, 8 August 2016. We welcome applications from all countries in the Europe Area.
For more information about the seminar and to apply to participate, please visit the link below. Applicants will be asked to provide a curriculum vitae, a letter explaining their interest in the seminar, and the names of two personal or professional references.
To enrol or learn more click here ldseuroseminar.org