Southern Virginia will host faith and knowledge conference

Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Va., will host a conference Friday and Saturday jointly sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and Mormon Scholars in the Humanities.

The conference, under the theme "Interpretation: Latter-day Saint Perspectives," is a continuation of the "Faith and Knowledge" series inaugurated by the religious studies workshop for LDS graduate students at Yale University in February 2007 and a follow-up to the inaugural Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference in March 2007.

Conference presenters will include scholars from Southern Virginia University, Brigham Young University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the College of William and Mary.

"My hope is that Mormon scholars will be able to explore one of the most vexed questions for Mormon intellectuals: 'How do our religious beliefs bear on our scholarship?"' said Richard Bushman, the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a conference organizer.

Registration is free. For more information, contact John Armstrong at [email protected].

'Lamb of God' volume released

"Behold the Lamb of God," proceedings from last year's BYU East Conference, has been released by the Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center. The volume, edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Frank F. Judd Jr. and Thomas A. Wayment, includes the keynote address by Elder F. Enzio Busche, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, as well as selected papers by church scholars from different disciplines across campus. The contents explore the life and teachings of the Lamb of God from a variety of perspectives, including history, doctrine, art and archaeology.

"Behold the Lamb of God" is available at the BYU Bookstore. For more information visit,

Days of '47 royalty named

Callie Cockrell, Starlee Holman and Kristalee Bird were named royalty for the Days of '47 celebrations. Cockrell, of Salt Lake City, was crowned queen on April 26 at the Conference Center's little theater. She was recognized for more than 100 hours of volunteer work in the Salt Lake community. Holman was named first attendant and Bird second attendant.

Ballam, opera event planned

Musical Extravaganza, featuring Michael Ballam and the Utah Festival Opera Company, will be held June 28 at the Cottonwood High School auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Holladay Region Single Adult Council, starts at 6 p.m. with a reception, the performance is at 7 p.m. Cost is $15. Go to to register.

Ensign wards' reunion is June 27

Former members of the East Ensign and Ensign 3rd Ward are invited to a reunion June 27 at the pavilion of the Brighton Stake Center, 2895 Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature a potluck dinner.