This session, The Theological Significance of Gender and Sex, is part of a larger conference that looks at the challenge and promise of dialogue between two religious traditions whose historical intersections have at times been characterized by misunderstanding and even condemnation: Mormonism and Protestant Christianity. Despite a strong historical connection in nineteenth century America, and a commonly claimed commitment to the moral teachings and saving power of Jesus, differences in doctrine and practice have complicated the relationship between Mormonism and Protestant Christianity. As both Latter-day Saints and Protestants move forward into the twenty-first century, they stand more ready than ever to engage in thoughtful dialogue and social collaboration."
Kathleen Flake is Associate Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion and Divinity School. Her subject area expertise is in the area of adaptive strategies of American religions and constitutional questions of church and state.
She recently published The Politics of Religious Identity: the Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle with University of North Carolina Press. Flake practiced law for fifteen years in Washington, D.C., litigating civil rights and tort actions on behalf of the federal government. Frequently invited to comment on Mormonism in the news, she is also a panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek' s "On Faith" blog.
Heath is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at Southern Methodist University, and the Director of the Center for Missional Wisdom. She is the founder of New Day, a network of new monastic communities in the United Methodist tradition, and of the Epworth Project, a scholarship that provides seminary and college students opportunities to experience monastic rhythms of prayer and hospitality while living in households of intentional community.