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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Freedom of Conscience: A Personal Statement Lavina Fielding Anderson [Editors' note: The following essay is drawn from remarks at a prayer service held at the White Memorial Chapel in Salt Lake City on 22 September 1993 and from a presentation prepared for a panel discussion on "Humanist and Mormon Views on Freedom of Conscience," 24 September 1993, also in Salt Lake City. Lavina Fielding Anderson was excommunicated from the LDS church for "apostasy" on 23 September 1993.] Within the last month, six Latter-day Saint scholars in Utah, representing both liberal and conservative ends of the spectrum, have been served with notices by their ecclesiastical leaders to appear before church courts, called "disciplinary councils," to answer to charges of apostasy or conduct unbecoming a member of the LDS church. Within the last two weeks, beginning on 14 September 1993, one of the six has been disfel-lowshipped, four have been excommunicated, and the sixth court is scheduled for the morning of the 26th. The church denies that it is conducting a purge. I am one of these September Six. The issue over which my disciplinary council was held could have been history, as it will be in the case of D. Michael Quinn, or feminism, as it was in the cases of Maxine Hanks and Lynne Kanavel-Whitesides, though probably not theology, as in the cases of Paul Toscano and Avraham Gileadi. Instead, the cause of action happened to be ecclesiastical abuse—church leaders who exercise unrighteous