On the evening of Friday, February 21st, Circling the Wagons will be holding a Workshop for Families in Conflict. We recognize that many Mormons experience deep divisions within their families regarding the appropriate response to sexual orientation. It can difficult, if not impossible, to find spaces where members who disagree can feel safe coming together to discuss the conflict and their emotions. As a result, communication does not happen and all family members feel the emotional pain associated with silence.
The Friday evening Circling the Wagons Workshop seeks to be safe for all family members regardless of the conflicting perspectives they may hold. In order to engender an environment that demonstrates acceptance for all points of view, the workshop will be led by therapists who represent the different positions held by different family members. Instead of modeling conflict, however, the disagreeing therapists will be working to help family members communicate healthily so that conflicts can be reduced and relationships can move towards healing.
It is our hope that whether you are a same-sex attracted Mormon or former Mormon or a parent, grandparent, or sibling, you will feel comfortable inviting the family members who don’t necessarily agree with your perspective and that they will feel comfortable accepting your invitation and attending. We will do our best to make the workshop a healthy, productive, and positive experience for all involved.
Media will not be allowed access. If you feel it might be helpful, you may print this brochure (pdf) and present it to your family members. We hope to see you there.