Robert A. Rees

bobreesROBERT A. REES is the author of No More Strangers and Foreigners: A Mormon, Christian Response to Homosexuality (1998), “In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See”: Personal Reflections on Homosexuality among the Mormons at the Beginning of a New Millennium (2000), and “Requiem for a Gay Mormon” (2001) and, most recently with Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children (2012). He is the editor of Why I Stay: The Challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons (2011) and The Reader’s Book of Mormon (2008). Rees, who has served as a bishop, stake high councilor, Institute teacher and a member of the Baltic States Mission Presidency, currently teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and will teach a course in Mormonism at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2013. Previously he taught at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz and was a Fulbright Professor in American Studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

1 comment for “Robert A. Rees

  1. February 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Good day, Prof. Rees.
    Finding an active LDS bishop to comment on these issues is . . . challenging.
    So, I’m hoping you might help?

    I’m doing a piece on the two “help” hotlines and related services LDS bishops are instructed to call. One is a 24/7 hotline to LDS Family Services, which bishops are supposed to call (and refer to) members with “difficult, social (i.e. psychiatric) issues,” as well as other crises and emergency situations. The second is solely for bishops to call for 24/7 LDS legal services in cases of spousal, child and sexual abuse.
    I am focusing mostly on the first hotline . . . and hoped you could comment.
    I’m interested in observations on LDS Family Services, how effective they are compared to “secular” counseling/therapy, what benefits there may be of a church-run service for church members — and where that worldview, and skill set may fall short, or even do damage to to the person or persons in need.
    And of course, the abuse hotline, whether it proved to those using it to be helpful and getting incidents reported?

    Bob Mims
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Religion writer
    (801) 257-8720

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