Church & State
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PAST EVENT | April 2016
Church & State

Do you find Church in our State to your liking? Or is it too hot? Or too cold? And where-oh-where is just right?! That’s the question we are going to ask as we explore the relationship between Church and our State of Utah.

Our panelists are citizens from political, secular and religious backgrounds who bring a wide spectrum of views that are sure to allow for new curiosities into the ‘truth’ of religion within politics.



Don’t be fooled by thinking this is a debate, because Utah Village Square does not debate, instead, we seek to enhance citizen involvement through dialogue about hot topics: with an emphasis on understanding and respecting each other’s opinion. No right. No wrong. Just listen, with curiosity, and hear an old story told new…and yes, we agree to passionately disagree, with dignity.

Description of the evening: We will begin with a light dinner; followed by a panelist discussion covering the full spectrum of Church & State; and culminating in the opportunity for you to cultivate the art of respectful listening and speaking among small groups of previously unknown friends. Yes, we ask you to courageously listen and engage with other citizens that have the same desire to change the reactive nature of our behavior when disagreement arises. As ‘scary’ as this sounds, participants find that it is an immense privilege to discover others with the same commitment to decency and respect.

So bring your marriage certificate, your divorce decree, your immense fees for counseling, and your sense of adventure as we delve into the political, secular and religious aspects of Church & State.

This is a free event but space is limited so you must reserve your seat. This event is will be held at the Downtown Library in Salt Lake City, in the Fourth Floor Conference Room.

Due to popularity, unclaimed seats will be offered to others at 6:05 pm.

Guidelines, Self-Help, Intro Q’s and Quotes: familiarize yourself with these aspects of the evening. }




Mark Lawrence | Director & Founder
Restore Our Humanity
Brian D. Birch | Director
Utah Valley University ~ Religious Studies Program
Safi S. M. Safiullah | Adjunct Professor
University of Utah ~ Middle Eastern History
Christine Cooke | Policy Analyst
Sutherland Institute
Beth Martial | Executive Director
Utah Council for Citizen Dilpomacy
Becky Edwards | State of Utah Representative
House District 20
A Match Made in Heaven?
Bringing Together Large & Small Group Dialogue in the Same Place, Same Time

​At this town-hall, large group panel discussion will be integrated seamlessly with ​Living Room Conversations​, which are intimate​, self-guided ​conversations​ ​​co-hosted by friend​s​ with different views that create space for people to talk about significant topics and truly listen to each other.

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