Utah churches in the news

Published: Friday, Nov. 12 2010 3:00 p.m. MST

Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

— Salt Lake City Performance Tour Concert Performance, Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., the music of Palestrinia, Back, Bruckner and Tavener.

— "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten, Friday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 22. 12:15 p.m.

— The Christmas Carol Service Monday, Dec. 20, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., the Music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells

For more information, go to: www.saltlakecathedral.org.

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Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting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

'Holiday Bells!' to ring on Temple Square

Ring in the holiday season with the Bells on Temple Square as they present their "Holiday Bells!" concert on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

This year's program features the 28-member Bells on Temple Square bell choir conducted by Tom Waldron. Leanna Willmore, assistant conductor for the bell choir will also lead the ensemble for several songs on the program.

The evening will also include performances by instrumental ensembles comprised of members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts. With a touch of Bach and Holst, a dollop of American folksong, and a dose of holiday standards, "Holiday Bells!" will combine music from around the world to enchant delighted audience members and welcome in the Christmas season.

Free tickets can be obtained at lds.org/events or by calling 801-570-0080 or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). There is a limit of four tickets per person.

Springville museum displays religious art

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