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Religious briefs from around Utah

Published: Friday, Dec. 24 2010 3:00 p.m. MST

India Fest brings crowds to the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork. The temple will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Southeast Baptist is now Canyons Church

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Southeast Baptist Church has changed its name to Canyons Church.

Southeast church members voted to become known as the Canyons Church in a special business meeting, held on Nov. 14.

Located at 1700 E. 7000 South, only the name has changed. All programs and the church family remain the same.

For more information, go to: www.canyonschurch.com.

Winterfest presents performing groups

SALT LAKE CITY — Winterfest 2011 will be presented at the LDS Conference Center Theater Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at various dates/times.

The festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed BYU performing groups to Salt Lake City,including BYU's Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Ballroom Dance Company, Vocal Point, Living Legends (formerly Lamanite Generation), and the International Folk Dance Ensemble.

For more details, go to lds.org/events.

'Houses of Hope' is Unitarian topic

SALT LAKE CITY — "Houses of Hope" by Rev. Tom Goldsmith will be the theme of the Sunday service of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East, at 11 a.m.

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

Perpetual adoration chapel open daily

OGDEN — A perpetual adoration chapel is available at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 506 24th St., 24 hours a day.

Time can be spent in silent prayer before the blessed sacrament.

To sign up for a particular time, or with questions, call 801-399-5627.

Krishna temple soon to mark 10 years

SPANISH FORK — It has been almost 10 years since the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple opened in Spanish Fork.

Since it opened on June 23, 2001, almost 400,000 tourists have visited it. It has hosted 80 major festivals and performed 300 "pujas" (housewarmings).

Radio Krishna broadcasts 24 hours a day over the Internet and the Krishna website, www.utahkrishnas.org, is accessed by some 500 visitors a day.

Catholic Mass at Our Lady of the Snows

Catholic Mass is celebrated each Sunday at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Chapel at Alta Ski Resort.

Located directly behind the Alta Ski Lodge, Mass will be celebrated throughout the 2010-2011 ski season, as it has been done there for more than 40 years.

Springville museum displays religious art

SPRINGVILLE — The 25th annual "Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah" exhibition will be on display through Dec. 28 at the Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

Since 1986, the Springville Museum of Art has hosted this annual exhibition, which focuses on art that represents myriad aspects of belief and faith.

For more information, go to smofa.org.

Benefactor loans statue to St. Mark's

SALT LAKE CITY — A benefactor wishing to express his gratitude for the exceptional care provided to a family member by St. Mark's Hospital has arranged for a generous gift — the loan of a full-size, nearly exact replica of Michelangelo's La Pieta

Joseph Bishop has loaned the replica to St. Mark's Hospital, 1200 E. 3900 South.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion. The original La Pieta can be found in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

This replica is licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The marble sculpture is faithful to the original in its detail and subtlety.

Its premier unveiling occurred in January 2010 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

This is believed to be the first time it has been displayed in a health care venue anywhere in the world. The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture through the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

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.

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

To submit news items for Churches in the News, send information to Lynn Arave, Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, or e-mail lynn@desnews.com

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