Local churches, religious events in the news

Published: Friday, Nov. 5 2010 4:38 p.m. MDT

Thomas S. Monson speaks during the LDS Church Christmas Devotional in 2009.

Courtney Sargent

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Church of Christ hosts family history class

"Family History Basics" will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 3350 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.

Janic Byington, of Clearfield, an expert with FamilySearch, will make the presentation.

The public is welcome to the free-of-charge sessions.

For more information, 801-392-5012.

Avoid religion, game developers urged

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, made a recent statement last month stressing that religion is one of the most complex and powerful force of human life, so people must take religion seriously.

"Video-games should not attempt to trivialize the highly revered concepts and symbols of religion just for mercantile greed," Zed stated.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that freedom of expression was important, but faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees.

He said video game developers should be more sensitive while handling faith-related subjects, as these games leave a lasting impact on the minds of impressionable children and teens.

Rajan Zed pointed out that unless the developers could accurately and authentically deliver religious imagery and symbolism, they should not unnecessarily poke into religion.

Entertainment, escapism, etc., being the purposes of video games, it is tough for developers to do justice to religion and treat it fairly or provide it with the real depth it needs, he said.

LDS women urged to enter writing contest

Entry in the "Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women" annual personal essay, poetry, and fiction contest is open through Dec. 31.

Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Entries will be judged by Segullah editors.

Winners in each category will be awarded $100

For more information, visit journal.segullah.org/contests/.

'American Vision' at First Unitarian Church

"American Vision" will be presented by the Rev. Tom Goldsmith at the Sunday services at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

Services will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

There will also be "Jazz Vespers" presented at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday.

For more details, go to: www.slcuu.org.

Church Women to meet Saturday

Church Women United in Utah will meet today at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 North, Marriott-Slaterville. Registration is $3.

Call Barbara at 801-262-1109 to RSVP and for more details.

St. Joseph Villa to hold fundraiser

St. Joseph Villa Catholic volunteers will hold their annual fundraiser today at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Social Hall, 430 E. 2100 South.

There will be a buffet, bake sale, boutique, entertainment and more.

For more information, call 801-287-7557.

St. James Parish to hold 'Festive Follies'