40 years ago today - Aug 27, 1979-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]
Friday and Saturday I attended the [first] theological symposium sponsored by Sunstone. The symposium began at 12:30 Friday afternoon and continued until 6:00 in the evening. A reception was held later in the evening in the old Salt Lake Tenth Ward church. The sessions were held Saturday from 8:15 a.m. until about 6:30 Saturday evening. Dean Madsen attended with me. I would judge that there were approximately 400 persons attending overall, of whom about 300 attended nearly all of the sessions. There seemed to be people from all over the country in attendance, with perhaps half of the people from the Salt Lake Valley. Davis Bitton from our office attended all the sessions; others attending part or all of the sessions from our office included Gordon Irving, Ron Esplin, Ron Walker, Glen Leonard, Maureen Beecher, and Richard Jensen. About half of the audience seemed to be very younguniversity students or recent graduates. ... The symposium was managed by Allen Roberts and Peggy Fletcher, with Scott Kenney assisting to some extent. Things ran fairly smoothly. ...

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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