Michaelann Bradley to serve as Mormon Transhumanist Association CEO

Effective immediately, Blaire Ostler will step down as Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) CEO. She will continue to serve on the MTA’s Board of Directors. During Blaire’s leadership as CEO the MTA achieved many milestones:

  • We held our first ever MTA Semi-Annual Social with 93 attendees
  • We ran our highest ever attended Annual Conference with over 100 attendees
  • We initiated the MTA Primers as an introductory study guide to Mormon Transhumanism
  • We organized three MTA Chapters in the U.S. with local Meetups and service projects
  • We reached our highest ever voting membership at 51 members
  • We grew to our highest ever membership with over 728 total members with 96 new members in 2017

The MTA leadership and board of directors thank Blaire for her leadership and look forward to her positive influence with her continued association.

Michaelann Bradley
Michaelann Bradley has accepted an offer from the MTA board of directors to serve as the new CEO. Michaelann Bradley is a nonprofit advocate and community organizer. She fell in love with the Mormon Transhumanist Association in 2013, while also falling in love with her husband and long-time MTA supporter Don Bradley. She has been actively involved ever since, including speaking at four conferences. In her professional life, she is currently the director of United Way's mental health initiatives. In other roles, she has been a fundraiser, marketing director, board chair, event planner, and social media strategist.

Speaking about her appointment, Michaelann said:

"I can't thank the preceding management team enough for all the groundwork they've laid. The conference gets better every year, and if you haven't seen the newest version of the website and content, I hope you'll check it out soon. I look forward to continue carrying the torch. The MTA means so much to me personally. My relationship to God and to my future posterity has been forever transformed because of the MTA; I've found renewed purpose and inspiration in my life's work. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead such a phenomenal organization."

We invite the general MTA membership and MTA friends and colleagues to thank Blaire for her leadership and welcome Michaelann in her new role as we look forward to her guidance and leadership in the association.

2018 Annual Conference: Call for Papers

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that this year's annual conference will take place on Saturday, 7 April 2018, in Provo, Utah. A conference venue will be announced shortly.

The theme of the conference is “Worlds without Number.” As one of few post-enlightenment religions, Mormonism emerged in a context of exploding human awareness of the surrounding universe, and its canon reflects this. "Worlds without number have I created," wrote Joseph Smith in a revelation on the creation, ". . . and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God" (Moses 1:33, D&C 76:24).

These worlds are reflected not only in the night sky, but also in numerous stories and narratives that humans have recounted to one another from their earliest beginnings. Keenly aware of their own vulnerability and solitude in an ever-expanding universe, they have pondered on the nature of their existence and their relationship to beings both lesser and greater than themselves, adjusting these theologies as they gained greater awareness. Humanity has constantly looked beyond, imagining novel ways of interacting with its environment, new possibilities of being, and summoning its creative powers to articulate these visions in compelling ways.

What stories are we now telling, and what do they say about how we view ourselves and our place in the universe? What stories will we tell, and how will they shape our environment, our future, and the nature of our existence, for good or ill? What stories is it possible to tell, and what innumerable worlds will emerge from them?


We invite you to submit papers for the conference. The aim of this conference is to address the many issues and topics that lie at the intersection of technology and religion, and their impacts on society, and culture including art, music, entertainment, and on society in general. Contributions need not focus only on specifically Mormon religious issues. Papers should be approximately two to seven pages in length and should include full citations, references, footnotes, etc. Presenters are encouraged to make use of multimedia aids, such as slides, to make their presentations more engaging. Potential conference topics include:

Philosophy, Theology and the Sociology of Religion: The secularization hypothesis and its implications for religion and religious organizations; post-secularization; ethics; faith and rationality; religious anthropology; philosophy of religion; scriptural hermeneutics; demythologization; postmodern religion; religious naturalism; social anthropology of technology; sociology of technology; technology and spirituality; feminism and gender issues; technology and gender.

Transhumanism: Evolution and the great filter argument; Moore’s law, Kurzweil’s law and the technological singularity; the pace of technological change; evolution; the evolution of technology; simulation argument; solar energy; genome sequencing; synthetic biology; 3D printing; genetics and biotech; nanotech and molecular machines; robotics and artificial intelligence; substrate independent minds; mind uploading; consciousness; cultural impact of technology; coping with the pace of technological change; neuroscience.

Transfigurism: Human transcendence through ethical and technological advancement; religious transhumanism; rejecting fundamentalism; rejecting anti-religiosity; transfigurist science; transfigurist politics; transfigurist art; promoting benevolence; promoting creativity; engineering transfiguration; engineering resurrection; engineering renewal of this world; engineering worlds without end; the New God Argument.

Please send submissions in RTF, PDF, MS Word or Google Doc format to admin@transfigurism.org. Include author's full name, contact information, and title.

Some funding is available to reimburse portions of travel for presenters. Please indicate interest in being considered for travel support in the submission email.

For more information, visit the official website of the Mormon Transhumanist Association at transfigurism.org. Recordings of presentations from previous years are available on our YouTube channel.

Important dates

  • Conference Paper Submission Deadline: 19 February 2018
  • Presentation Invitation Notification Date: 26 February 2018
  • Conference Date: 7 April 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2017 has been a fantastic year for the Mormon Transhumanist Association! I wanted to extend my gratitude for your friendship and participation in the Association. You have certainly impacted my life via conferences, socials, Google Hangouts, local Meetups, and social media. Thank you for being a part of it!

The MTA had great growth in 2017!

-We had our first ever MTA Semi-Annual Social with 93 attendees
-We had our highest ever attended Annual Conference with over 100 attendees
-We introduced the MTA Primers as an introductory study guide to Mormon Transhumanism
-We have 3 MTA Chapters in the U.S. with local Meetups and service projects
-We have our highest ever voting membership at 51 members
-We have our highest ever membership with over 728 total members and 96 new members in 2017

In December 2017 we had 18 new members making it the third highest month of growth in the history of the Association! Thank you for your participation and missionary efforts. The MTA flourishes because of you!

I’m confident that with your help and continued involvement, 2018 will be an even better year. We have a lot of great projects in the works and big plans for this year’s Annual Conference. We have an incredible management team working towards the actualization of the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation and Transhumanist Declaration. I can say from personal experience it is the membership's collective dedication and involvement that is the engine that makes this Association thrive.  I look forward to sharing the journey with you. The MTA has changed my life, as I trust it has impacted yours. May we live forever!


Blaire Ostler
CEO and Board Member


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