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12:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ordain Women Supporters Plan to Wear Purple at LDS Women's Meeting

Ordain Women spokesperson April Young Bennett with her family
courtesy photo

  A group pushing for the ordination of women to the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members to wear purple to the church’s general women’s meeting this weekend.

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12:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

SLC Greek Orthodox Parish Will Stay Together

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

A national newspaper serving the Greek community says the Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake City will not be divided. 

The National Herald reports the decision to keep the parish together was made at a meeting of church leaders in Denver last week.  The parish includes Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.

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1:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Episcopalian Monk Visits St. Mark's

Brother Jim Dowd of Holy Cross Monastery
Dan Bammes

  St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City is hosting a rare visit from an Episcopalian monk this week.  Among other things, Brother Jim Dowd will be overseeing a Lenten retreat on Saturday. 

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2:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ordain Women Group Again Asking LDS Church to Open Doors

Katy Kelly at the Ordain Women rally in City Creek Park October 5, 2013
Dan Bammes

  A group of Mormon women asking for ordination to their church’s priesthood is planning to stage another demonstration at the LDS General Conference in three weeks.  But they may not get as far as they did last October.

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10:53 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Will Simulcast Messiah Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's performance of Messiah on Easter weekend were gone less than ten minutes after they became available last week.  But the choir has decided to make the performance available to a worldwide audience on the internet.

While the Tabernacle Choir has recorded George Friederich Handel's oratorio a couple of times, it's never done a public performance of Messiah in its entirety.

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Religion
3:16 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Petition Asks for Split in Greek Orthodox Parish

Interior of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Elaine Emmi

  A petition asking the Greek Orthodox Archbishop to split Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches into separate parishes is being circulated among some church members.

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Religion
2:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses

  As it did in 2012, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members in Utah to participate in neighborhood caucuses for this election year.

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1:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

SLC Greek Orthodox Dispute Goes to US Archbishop

Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox church in the United States
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

  The worldwide head of the Greek Orthodox church has reportedly become involved in a long-standing dispute between the parishioners of Salt Lake City’s two churches and the church hierarchy.

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Religion
4:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

LDS Church Will File Arguments in Utah Marriage Case

LDS church offices in Salt Lake City
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to file a friend-of-the-court brief after all in the appeal of the federal court case on same sex marriage in Utah.  The case is currently before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The church has been involved in other cases and in political battles involving same-sex marriage in the past.  But a spokesperson said shortly after the U-S Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Robert Shelby’s decision that it probably would not add a formal argument to the case.

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Religion
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

U Brain Study Looks At Religious Experience

A functional MRI scanner will be used in Dr. Jeffrey Anderson's research on religious experience.
Wikimedia Commons

  A new study at the University of Utah is trying to determine what’s happening in the brain when someone has strong religious feelings.

Studies of Buddhist monks and Catholic nuns have shown significant changes in the brain during periods of quiet meditation.  Now, neurology researcher Jeffrey Anderson has designed a study to watch what happens to former Mormon missionaries as they experience religious emotions.

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Religion
1:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fast Draws Attention to VA Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Native American sweat lodge at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center

  The Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has promised to continue Native American healing ceremonies every week – but the spiritual leader who’s conducted them may not be leading them any longer.

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2:03 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Dispute Brings Police to Greek Orthodox Church

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

  An ongoing dispute over church finances brought police to Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church last Sunday.

Members of the parish council that governs both the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias church in Holladay have been trying to cut expenses by letting one of the three parish priests go.  The Greek Orthodox hierarchy has told the parish that the priests’ employment is its responsibility, and that conflict has divided parish members.

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3:41 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

LDS Church Says No Change Needed in Utah Liquor Laws

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Utah’s liquor laws are just fine the way they are.  But that may not stop further attempts to change them during the upcoming legislative session. 

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1:45 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

LDS Church Won't File Amicus Brief in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

Federal Judge Robert Shelby's order prohibiting enforcement of Utah's laws against same-sex marriage

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been an active participant in some past court cases involving same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t look like it will make arguments in the state of Utah’s current legal battle.  

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12:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Article on LDS Website Disavows Past Teachings on Race

Mormons in Ghana work on a community service project.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an article on its website last week taking an in-depth look at its past practice of refusing to ordain black men to its priesthood.  But a historian who’s studied the issue says there’s more to the story.

Newell Bringhurst has published several books on the history of the church’s denial of the priesthood to men of African ancestry – a ban that ended in 1978 with a revelation announced by then-church President Spencer Kimball. 

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12:05 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Hannukah Menorah Vandalized at SLC Synagogue

The damaged menorah at the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue has now been repaired.
Chabad Lubavitch of Utah

  Over the weekend, somebody vandalized the Hannukah menorah in front of a synagogue in Salt Lake City.  But the rabbi doesn’t think it was meant as a hate crime.

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4:30 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Opens at Leonardo

The Dead Sea Scrolls at The Leonardo are displayed in a specially-built, climate controlled display table.
The Leonardo

  Friday morning at 10:00, The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City opens its exhibit The Dead Sea Scrolls – Life and Faith in Ancient Times.

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2:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

BYU Opens "Sacred Gifts" Exhibit of Religious Art

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hoffman
The Riverside Church /BYU Museum of Art

  Brigham Young University is building on the success of its exhibition of Carl Bloch’s religious paintings three years ago to bring more works by Bloch and two other acclaimed religious artists to its Museum of Art on the Provo campus.

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6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

LDS Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii

Hawaii State Representative Richard Fale (R)
richardfale.com

  The Hawaii State Senate will vote on a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, and it’s expected to pass.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked with opposition leaders to fight the bill, but it’s unclear exactly what role the Church is playing.

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3:38 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Hawaii Debates Marriage Equality Bill Opposed by Religious Groups

Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Wikimedia Commons

  The Hawaii legislature has opened a special session to look at a bill legalizing same-sex marriages.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other conservative religious groups oppose the legislation, but it appears likely to pass.

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12:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

LDS Church Opposes Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill

File: Offices for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Brian Grimmett

Hawaii’s state legislature is holding a special session this week to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state.  Hawaii was one of the first states to pass a constitutional amendment on the question, but it didn’t define marriage as amendments in other states have.  Instead, it gave that power to the legislature.

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12:57 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Genealogist Connects Leicestershire to the Greenwells of Ogden

The village of Dunton Bassett, England is the ancestral home of the Greenwells of Ogden

  Descendants of a big pioneer family that came to Utah in the 1850’s are gathering Thursday to meet with a British genealogist.  Peter Cousins  comes from Leicestershire in the English Midlands.  His research on a British industrialist named Orson Wright led him to the Greenwell family, whose forebears joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1850’s and emigrated to Utah.

In just a few days in Utah, Cousins says he’s met dozens of people descended from Ambrose Greenwell, who had five wives and forty children.

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7:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Jewish Identity in Utah

Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman
Congregation Kol Ami

  Last week, the Pew Religion and Public Life Project published an extensive report, A Portrait of Jewish Americans.  It includes population estimates, demographic information, a study of religious beliefs and practices and much more data about just who Jewish Americans are - and how that's been changing. Congregation Kol Ami is Utah's largest synagogue, and we invited Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman to offer some thoughts on the Pew study.

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7:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Ordain Women Group Turned Away from LDS Priesthood Conference

Members and supporters of Ordain Women sing a hymn before trying to gain entrance to the priesthood session of the LDS general conference.
Dan Bammes

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints limits its priesthood ordinations to men and boys 12 and older.  And while the church’s positions on some long-standing policies have evolved in recent years, the group Ordain Women found little flexibility on that issue. 

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1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

One Year Later: 27% More LDS Missionaries

LDS missionaries are now allowed to use social media sites to contact potential converts
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  It’s been a year since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the age requirements for young men and women to serve as missionaries.  That’s led to a huge increase in the number of young Mormons who’ve signed up to serve.

In the opening session of the church’s General Conference in October, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men would be allowed to begin missionary service at age 18 and young women at 19.

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11:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Group Seeking to Ordain LDS Women Hopes to Attend LDS Priesthood Session

Ordain Women group founder Kate Kelly
Alicia Geesman

  In the past, women have not been welcome at the priesthood session that is part of the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  But the group Ordain Women is trying to change that.  Its leaders sent a letter to the church asking for 150 tickets for women to attend the session scheduled for October 5th.

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2:50 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Utah Episcopalians Remember Pacifist Bishop

The Right Reverend Paul Jones, Episcopal Bishop of Utah, 1916-1918

  As Congress debates a possible military strike against Syria, Episcopalians around the country are remembering a bishop from Utah who paid a high price for his opposition to war. 

Today (September 4th)  is the feast day for the Right Reverend Paul Jones across the Episcopal Church in America.  Jones became the missionary bishop of Utah in 1916.  Over the next several years, he strongly criticized the United States’ entry into World War One.

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11:40 am
Mon September 2, 2013

LDS Missionary Killed In Colombia

File: Salt Lake City Temple

A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died in Cali, Colombia.Elder Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero died on Saturday from what appears to be a stray bullet. He was with three other missionaries at the time of the incident.

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1:46 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Greek Orthodox Churches Resume Services

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Holladay, UT
Dan Bammes

The priests at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church will begin conducting services again, starting tomorrow.  They're responding to a resolution passed by parish members last Sunday reinstating their regular salaries.  The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan in Denver has approved the church's return to liturgical services.  The parish will hold services on the Feast of St. John the Baptist tomorrow, and regular services will be held on Sunday.

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1:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Meeting Planned to Resolve Greek Orthodox Dispute

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City
Wikimedia Commons

  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish plan a general meeting later this month, hoping to straighten out some of the issues that have led to a suspension of church services.

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended services two weeks ago at the Holy Trinity cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay after the parish council imposed a pay cut for its three priests.

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