Religion

Central Tibetan Administration

The Dalai Lama will be coming to Salt Lake City next fall. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

The 14th Dalai Lama is a symbol of Tibetan culture around the world, though he gave up his authority as head of the Tibetan government in exile in 2011.  As a Buddhist monk and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he’s also seen as an international spiritual leader.

Dan Bammes

  The gymnasium at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox church in Holladay was packed with hundreds of parish members on Sunday.  The general meeting was called to try and resolve the conflict that has kept the parish priests from holding regular services for most of the past month. 

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended most services after the parish council proposed a 40-percent pay cut for the priests.  Phil Floor, a church member who was at the meeting, says members showed a new willingness to step up their contributions to get the church out of its current financial troubles.

A local youth soccer referee dies after being assaulted during a game, the Salt Lake County District Attorney drops more West Valley City Police Department drug cases, and Park City says goodbye to a beloved Rabbi.

Emerging Earth Community

  The University of Utah College of Law is hosting the annual Stegner Symposium this week, focusing on Religion, Faith and the Environment. Increasingly, people of faith are citing their beliefs as a major motivation for protecting the environment and caring for those at the margins of society.

Alicia Geesman

  The prayer offered by Jean Stevens at the end of the Saturday morning session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unprecedented – no woman has ever been asked to pray in a General Conference session.

The change could be seen as part of an effort to draw attention to the leadership roles Mormon women already serve in their church – and a way of countering pressure from some members to ordain women to the LDS priesthood.

The Gateway Mall looks to get out of the shadow of City Creek, a couple of Utah airports will feel the effect of federal spending cuts, and Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake sits down with KUER’s Dan Bammes.

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Utah's Roman Catholic bishop, as well as some non-Catholic religious leaders, were stunned by today's announcement that Pope Benedict the 16th will resign at the end of February.

Bishop John Wester met Benedict the 16th on a couple of occasions during his eight-year papacy and said he was always impressed by Benedict's kindness.  Wester says he was also impressed by the pope's commitment to speaking the truth and by the way he confronted the most difficult issues facing the church.

Utah Buddhist Congregation Celebrates Bodhi Day

Dec 13, 2012
Dan Bammes

When  we say, “Happy Holidays,” Utahns typically mean Christmas and Chanuka or the winter solstice for some folks.  For Utah’s oldest Buddhist congregation, the winter holiday they’re celebrating this weekend is called Bodhi Day. 

The sound of the daikin begins the Sunday service at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple.  Reverend Jerry Hirano leads the congregation through the chants and hymns that make up the Jodo Shinshu or Pure Land Buddhist service.

Italian Government Grants LDS Church Official Status

Aug 7, 2012
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After decades of negotiations the Italian Government has finally granted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints official status as a church and partner of the state.