Maori Responses to the Mormon Church

An introductory note from Daniel C. Peterson

Dr. Robert Joseph, of New Zealand’s University of Waikato, is currently in the United States as a visiting Fulbright scholar. On 5 August 2017, he spoke to a group of volunteers, authors, and supporters assembled for the dinner hosted annually by the Interpreter Foundation—which happened, also, to be a celebration of Interpreter’s fifth birthday. In his remarks, Dr. Joseph addressed the subject of “Maori Responses to the Mormon Church.” With his kind permission and through the efforts of Tom Pittman and Russell Richins, we are pleased to make a video of his presentation available to a wider audience.

An Evening with Margaret Barker & Stephen Webb

An introductory note from Daniel C. Peterson

On Saturday, 8 August 2015, about ninety Interpreter Foundation officers, editors, writers, donors, and friends gathered in Orem, Utah, to celebrate the Foundation’s third birthday.

Among those in attendance were the British Methodist biblical scholar Dr. Margaret L. Barker, prolific author of books and articles that have found great resonance among Latter-day Saint readers, and the Catholic philosopher and theologian Dr. Stephen H. Webb, author of many articles and books, including Mormon Christianity: What Non-Mormon Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints (Oxford, 2013) and, with Alonzo L. Gaskill, Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation (Oxford, 2015).

After dinner, it was my privilege to moderate a brief question-and-answer session with Drs. Barker and Webb.  At the last minute, regretting that so many who might be interested couldn’t be there for what promised to be a very enjoyable conversation, we decided to record it for posting on the website of the Interpreter Foundation. Accordingly, thanks to the efforts of Bryce Haymond, Tom Pittman, and Russell Richins, and with the kind permission of Margaret Barker and Stephen Webb, who didn’t know in advance that we would be recording them and who hadn’t seen the questions beforehand, here is that discussion.

This is also available as an audio podcast, and will be included in the podcast feed. You can listen by pressing the play button or download the podcast below:

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A Letter from Daniel C. Peterson

Dear Friends:

We’re approaching Christmas and the end of 2014.  It seems appropriate, therefore, to thank all those whose generous donations of time, energy, and money have made the accomplishments of The Interpreter Foundation possible.  We’re deeply and humbly grateful.  We know that you owe us and the Foundation nothing whatever, and we’re genuinely moved by the support that our work has received.

I also wish to report on the current status of The Interpreter Foundation, and, candidly, to encourage further support, in whatever form, from those able to give it.  Some of you, I expect, will be thinking about year-end charitable deductions this month.  There are many extremely worthy causes for you to support; we hope that you’ll keep Interpreter in mind. Continue reading

A Letter from the President and Chairman of the Board

3 May 2014

Dear friends of The Interpreter Foundation:

As I write, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is closing in on its hundredth straight week of publishing at least one article every Friday, the Foundation has just recorded its seventy-first scripture roundtable, our blog is flourishing, we’ve hosted a major conference on religion and science (the proceedings of which will eventually appear in print), we’ve established an article prize, we’ve obtained 501(c)(3) status from the United States Internal Revenue Service, and our first published book is selling well. And even that list doesn’t exhaust what The Interpreter Foundation has accomplished and what it has still in the works.

We’ve been able to do this on a remarkably small budget—and we’ve been wholly transparent about that budget. Some expenses are unavoidable, and we pay a few people (mostly well below market rates) because . . . well, we simply didn’t feel right about exploiting their willingness to serve to the degree that the work demands. But our donated funds have been used very efficiently. A very large proportion of our work is performed by volunteers, and I’m astonished at what’s regularly accomplished, every week. I can’t adequately express my gratitude for the generosity of so many people out there.

That said, our expenses are rising. (This is the inevitable penalty of success.) It costs significant money to sponsor conferences and publish books, and we intend to continue to do both—on an even larger scale.

So, just as I thank all of those who have contributed their time and their effort to make The Interpreter Foundation the resounding success that it is, I express my appreciation to all those who’ve contributed financially. This isn’t sentimental boilerplate: We couldn’t have pulled this off without you.

But there’s more to be done and—to put it bluntly—that’s going to require more money.  Our expenditures of late have been higher than our income.  Not by much, and we’re not in a crisis.  But I’m writing with the long-term prospects of the Foundation in mind.

So I wish to say to those who’ve contributed to The Interpreter Foundation what I’ve said to those who work with us.  We’re deeply grateful for what you’ve done in the past . . . and we need more.  Whether it’s an hour of time or a five-dollar bill—or, of course, a million dollars!—we are and will be grateful.

Instructions on how to donate to The Interpreter Foundation can be found at http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/donations/ .

Very sincerely yours,

Daniel C. Peterson
Chairman and President
The Interpreter Foundation

The Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize Submissions Deadline Coming Up

We’d like to remind all about the Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize. The family of the late Ruth M. Stephens has established a prize in her honor to be given for articles submitted by women to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.

First Prize $500
Second Prize $300

Submissions are due on or before 18 June 2014. More information about this prize can be found at this link: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-ruth-m-stephens-article-prize/

Articles may be submitted through the submissions form on the Interpreter website.