The University of Utah will host and co-sponsor a symposium on American religions, The Experiences of the People, Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring two free public lectures.

The opening public lecture, Rhythms of Contraction and Expansion: American Religion Since 1875, will be given by Catherine Albanese from the University of California at Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.The closing lecture, The Smell of God: Ethnicity and Religion in the United States, with Robert Orsi, Indiana University, will be on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Both lectures will be held at the Alumni House on the U. campus.

Other sponsors of the symposium are the Quinney Foundation, the History Department and the Humanities at the U.

For further information, call the U. Humanities Center, 581-7989.Shared Ministry schedules a workshop A workshop entitled "Money Talk is Holy Talk" has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, by Shared Ministry at the Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church, 3280 E. 3900 South.

The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will look at "practical ways to help a congregation increase its commitment to mission and grow in its sense of stewardship," said the Rev. Max E. Glenn, executive minister of Shared Ministry.

Lay leaders such as treasurers, finance chairmen, trustees, moderators and others responsible for stewardship development in local churches in Shared Ministry congregations throughout Utah, southern Idaho and western Wyoming are invited to attend.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible with the Shared Ministry office, 175 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City 84101, phone 355-0168. Cost is $7.50 per person or $20 per church, including lunch.Hilltop United Methodists plan open house The congregation of Hilltop United Methodist Church will hold an open house to celebrate the consecration of the church's new sanctuary Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served after a service.Cameron Family will sing at Miracle Rock The Cameron Family of Scotland will speak and provide music at the Miracle Rock Church, 131 N. 900 West, on Sunday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

The Scottish family travels extensively, promoting worship of Christ. Michael Cameron, the father, relates personal experiences in seeing all his family accept Christ.

Robert Cameron, Michael Cameron's son, is the songwriter for the Camerons. His original songs are used in churches around the world.