Finding Common Ground: A Look at Mormonism – Sunday, August 5, 11 am

Throughout August and September, Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists will be welcoming guest speakers and religious leaders from a diversity of faiths, to give members and guests an opportunity to better understand our religious and spiritual neighbors.  On Sunday, August 5, Bishop Douglas Turnbow, of the Odessa congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as “The LDS Church” or “The Mormons”) will be our guest speaker.

In “Common Ground Between Mormons and UUs” Bishop Turnbow will give a brief overview of Mormon history and doctrines and then compare the tenets of Mormonism with the 7 Principals of Unitarian Universalism, in a service that focuses on our similarities instead of our differences.

Bishop Douglas Brent Turnbow is a 6th-generation Mormon. He attended four years of seminary during his high school years (which is typical for Mormon youth) and served as a missionary for his church for two years in Belgium and France.  He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.  Bishop Turnbow is currently the Systems Architecture Manager for the Engineering and Technology group at The Nielsen Company.

Adult Discussion and youth programs begin at 10 am.  In Adult Discussion, our topic will be “Having it All and Wanting More”.  The Economist recently examined two new books about the culture of growth and consumption in the western world. We’ll join in on their reflections and consider why (if) enough is never enough.

All are welcome to join us for services and religious education programs and for coffee and conversation after the service.

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is covenantal faith community in Odessa that welcomes seekers from all spiritual, theological and philosophical backgrounds who wish to join in a free, rational and responsible search for truth and meaning in their lives.  Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is located at 18412 Burrell Road, just off Tarpon Springs Road, east of Boy Scout Road) in Odessa.  Call (813) 792-1622 for more information or email us at .