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“By Study and Faith”: A Virtual Fireside Series

The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Mormon Studies Council are pleased to announce the inauguration of a virtual fireside series, “By Study and Faith,” coming to your home starting September 13 with Richard Bushman. We envision these evenings as a chance for you to have a more personal connection (via the magic of Zoom) with some of the most distinguished Latter-day Saint disciple/scholars who will address the compelling issues of our time, issues affecting the lives of all of us who are trying to navigate a life of faith, hope, and charity in a troubled and often divisive world.

Spring Schedule for “By Study and Faith” Virtual Fireside Series

February 7, 6:30pm PST: Jed Woodworth and Lisa Olsen Tait on “Making Saints: Behind the Scenes of the Church’s New Multi-Volume History”
This presentation will explore the genesis and writing of the Church’s new official history. Tait and Woodworth will explain why the history of the Church is relevant to the spiritual lives of Church members, and show how the new history draws on the best work of scholars to tell the story of the Church’s history. They will also share spiritually meaningful stories from the production of the series and from the Church’s history.

Click here to attend the virtual fireside.


March 14, 6:30pm PST: Melissa Inouye, “Am I My Sister’s Keeper?”

Past Events

September 13, 6:30pm PST: Richard Bushman on “Art and Vision: An Illustrated Lecture on the First Vision”
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Gospel, Richard Bushman, the pre-eminent scholar of Joseph Smith and the first Chair of Mormon Studies at CGU, shared his insights using the art of the First Vision. Dr. Bushman helped us understand what this Vision meant to Joseph, to the religious world, and most importantly, what it can mean to you and me today. To view this recorded Fireside, click here.

October 18, 6:30pm PST: Thomas Griffith on “Civic Charity and the Constitution”
Latter-day Saints claim a special stewardship for the U.S. Constitution. What does that stewardship look like in a time of political tribalism when the nations’ ‘bonds of affection’ are unraveling? Thomas Griffith, former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals and former General Counsel for BYU, addresses these pressing issues that affect every Latter-day Saint living in America today. His insights are especially timely as we approach the November Presidential election. To view this recorded Fireside, click here.

November 8, 6:30pm PST: Neylan McBaine on “Thinking Women: Latter-day Saint Leadership in the National Women’s Movement”
In February 1870, a Utah woman — a Latter-day Saint woman — became the first American woman to vote under and equal suffrage law. Latter-day Saint women continued to play a vital and pioneering role in the national women’s advocacy efforts of the 19th century. Over the past three years, Neylan McBaine, author and co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020, has been amplifying this story and seeing the power it has to change our perceptions of ourselves as members of the Church today. With never-before heard stories, complex personalities and dynamics, and larger-than-life characters, McBaine explored a forgotten and surprising era of our communal history.

January 13, 6:30pm PST: Chase Kirkham on “Studying History as an Act of Worship: An Introduction to the Joseph Smith Papers”
In January 2021, Latter-day Saints commenced a year-long study of the Doctrine and Covenants. The revelations found in this book of scripture can be challenging to understand because much of their historical context is missing. One resource that can help fill in these contextual gaps is the Joseph Smith Papers. Church historian and CGU alum (PhD 2018) Chase Kirkham will explain what the Joseph Smith Papers are and how Latter-day Saints can use the project’s scholarship in their personal study. Kirkham will also address why church members have been commanded to study history and will show that learning about the past is one way to worship God.