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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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Dialogue: Vol 35 No 2
A History of Dialogue, Part Three: The Utah Experience, 1982-1989
A History of Dialogue, Part Three: "Coming of Age" in Utah, 19824987 Devery S. Anderson By 1982 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought had been publishing for sixteen years and had operated at both ends of the U.S. under three different editorships. It was born, flourished for several years, then nearly died before recovering somewhat under the care of its first two editorial teams in California. Then, it rebuilt a dedicated readership under a third group near Washington, D.C.1 As the Washington team's numbers began to dwindle toward the end of its six-year tenure, those who remained looked westward for a group to replace them. That Dialogue would eventually move to Salt Lake City had always been a likely, although reluctantly faced, possibility. Certainly many supporters resided there, and, as the eastern team began to wane, this seemed like an ideal time to make a home for Dialogue where so many might give it the nurturing it required. However, longtime supporters knew that moving Dialogue close to LDS church headquarters could prove costly for this journal which had maintained its independence for so long. The words of one subscriber were quite clear: "I regret very much the decision to move the office of the journal to Salt Lake City. I am fearful that it may not be successful in resisting the germ of mediocrity that blights most publications coming from the headquarters of the Church."2 Such fears notwithstanding, and beaming with 1. For the story of these earlier editorships, see Devery S. Anderson, "A History of Dialogue, Part One: The Early Years, 1965-1971" Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 32, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 15-65, and Anderson, "A History of Dialogue, Part Two: Struggle Toward Maturity, 1971-1982" Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 33, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 1-96. 2. Judge John T. Vernieu to Mary L. Bradford, 13 August 1982, Dialogue Foundation Collection, ACCN 385, Manuscripts Division, Special Collections, University of Utah Marriott Library, Salt Lake City.