The JWHA board has planned a Golden Jubilee Celebration of all things JWHA including a lineup of speakers and sessions certain to recall and expand interest in Restoration history.

Please note: the agenda presented here is a draft and subject to change.

Items marked with (RS) indicate the presentation is part of the Restoration Studies track.

Click on the Session Numbers for Abstract & Bio.

Time   Session Presenter(s) Location
Friday, September 16, 2022
Designated 70s Day – Join us dressed in your favorite 70s attire
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.   50 Years: A Snapshot   Theatre 2
7:30 – 9:15 a.m.   Light breakfast (included in registration fee)   Main Foyer
8:00 a.m.
Chair: Sherry Mesle-Morain
Panel 201 Restoration(s); Scholars in Dialogue from Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Casey Paul Griffiths
Scott Esplin
Matthew J. Frizzell
Alonzo L. Gaskill
MacLane Heward
David Howlett
Taunalyn Ford
Katherine Hill
Lachlan Mackay
Barbara Morgan Gardner
9:00 a.m. Book Signing Restoration(s); Scholars in Dialogue from Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  
9:00 a.m.   Break   Main Foyer/2nd Level
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Brian Hales
Breakout 211 ‘A Flickering Flame’: Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities of Reimagining British Mormon Heritage Naomi Krüger Lecture Hall
Reorganized Latter Day Saints in London, England: A 60 Year Overview Peter A. Judd
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Melvin Johnson
Breakout 212 Eldridge Cleaver and W. Cleon Skousen: Mormonism’s Right Wing Odd Couple Newell G. Bringhurst Continents Room
A Tale of Two Religions: LDS and RLDS Responses to Civil Rights Matthew L. Harris
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Scott Esplin
Breakout 213 From RLDS to Community of Christ—A Personal Journey David Wilson Theatre 1
The Role of Reason in the Transformation of the RLDS Church to ‘Community of Christ’ William D. Russell
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Katherine Hill
Panel 214 By Study and Faith—Community Christ Seminary at Graceland University turns 20 Dr. Don H. Compier
Dr. Stassi D. Cramm
Dr. Matthew J Frizzell
Rev. Dr. Zac Harmon-McLaughlin
Peacemakers Room
10:45 a.m.   Break   Main Foyer/2nd Level
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Peter Judd
Breakout 221 Joseph Smith and the Historical Arc of Plural Marriage: 1829 to 1844 Brian C. Hales Lecture Hall
11:15 a.m.
Chair: David Howlett
Breakout 222 Reconstructing the Strangite Colony on Beaver Island, 1846–1849 Vickie Speek Continents Room
‘In Love and Union’: The Published Writings of Mr. Charles J. Douglass, Secret Plural Wife of a Mormon King Kyle Beshears
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Makoto Hunter
Breakout 223 Dialogue Toward Social Justice: Bill Russell’s Advocacy Katherine Hill
Cynthia Gardner
Theatre 1
RLDS Young Adults on Mission: Older Youth Service Corps, 1964–1973 Katherine Pollock
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Barbara Jones Brown
Breakout 224 A Conversation between Sandra Tanner and Ronald V. Huggins, author of Signature Press’ Lighthouse: Jerald and Sandra Tanner Beloved and Despised Critics of Mormonism (2022) Sandra Tanner
Ronald V. Huggins
Peacemakers Room
12:30 p.m.   Awards Luncheon – included in registration fee
50th Anniversary Special Award Nominees
Nominated Books
Nominated Articles
  Lower Assembly Room
2:30 p.m.   Break    
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Kyle Walker
Breakout 241 Priesthood Ontology and the Endowment Michael Hubbard MacKay
Dan Belnap
Lecture Hall
In Sacred Loneliness: The Documents: An Introduction Todd M. Compton
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Brian Passantino
Breakout 242 Latter Day Saints, Old Testament Christianity and the Puritan Influence on America Scott A. Roberson Continents Room
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri: Its Significance to the Restoration R. Jean Addams
3:00 p.m.
Chair: David Grua
Breakout 243 Book of Mormon Perspectives in Restoration History Paul DeBarthe Theatre 1
The Lost Ten Tribes and Latter-day Identities Ryan Combs
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Naomi Krüger
Breakout 244 Joseph Smith’s Red Brick Store Jill T. Brim Peacemakers Room
Sewing Covenants: The Relief Society and Temple Garments CANCELLED Hanna Seariac
4:15 p.m.   Break   Main Foyer/2nd Level
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Ryan Combs
Breakout 251 Emma, Bertha, and Ada: ‘Be of good comfort. Yours in Bonds, Joseph Smith’ Wendy Eaton Lecture Hall
When Israel A. Smith Declined BYU’s Invite to the 1954 Dedication of Lucy Mack Smith Hall: Matriarchal Memory Signaling Patriarchal Priesthood Makoto Hunter
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Katherine Pollock
Breakout 252 RLDS Feminist Networks David Howlett Continents Room
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Alex Baugh
Breakout 253 My Journey with Journey Mark Scherer Theatre 1
My Old Old Path to Become a Community of Christ Historian Daniel Kelty
4:45 p.m.
Chair: David Wilson
Breakout 254 Gnostic Mormonism: The History and Scriptures of Three Gnostic Branches of the Latter Day Saint Movement (RS) Mike LeCheminant Peacemakers Room
Enduring Principles in Community of Christ (RS)
Matthew J. Frizzell
6:00 p.m.   50th Anniversary Celebration – included in registration fee
Past President’s Gathering
  Main Foyer/2nd Level


JWHA 2022 Conference Agenda At-a-Glance