We are a group of Mormons with an express interest in creating safe spaces for homosexual members of the Church. Our goals include advancing compassion, understanding and Christ-like charity toward homosexual members, as well as their family, friends, ward and stake leaders and fellow members to promote healing and open discussion.


Symposium 2013

We are happy to announce the second annual Compassionate Cause Symposium:

Deepening the Conversation on Gays in the Church

August 16-17, 2013
University of Washington Campus
Seattle, Washington
Friday August 16, 2013 6-9pm
Miller Hall 302b
Saturday August 17, 2013 9am-5pm
Miller Hall 301

Suzzallo Library, photo by X-Weinzar

Evening Consortium


Friday, August 16th, 6pm – 9pm
Miller Hall 302b
Moderated by: Bob Rees, PhD
Saturday, August 17th, 9am – 5pm
Miller Hall 301
Keynote Address: Bob Rees, PhD
Presentation: Ty Mansfield
Presentation: Kendall Wilcox
Panels and personal narratives

A light lunch will be provided.
(Suggested donation: $5)

See the draft agenda (subject to change)
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Want to Attend?


Admission is free. Registration ensures that we will have adequate space to accommodate all attendees.


Compassionate Cause seeks honest dialogue on issues facing gay men and women associated with the Church. This second symposium seeks to explore and examine issues between faith and homosexuality within the Church. And it intends to deepen the conversation started at our 2012 symposium, Creating a Safe Space for the Homosexual in the Church.


The symposium aims to

  • Create a safe space for compassionate dialogue on gay-related issues in the Church
  • Educate members on issues facing gay men and women in the Church
  • Discuss potential paths to reconciliation.


This symposium will consist of two parts:

August 16: Evening mini-consortia exploring and examining the “gay question” in the Church. Moderated by Bob Rees with presentations drawn from submissions.
August 17: Full-day symposium including keynote speaker, Bob Rees, presentations from Ty Mansfield and Kendall Wilcox, discussion panels, and personal narratives.

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