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Giving 10% to charity
Latter-day Saints see tithing as a scriptural command. Additionally they view charity as a advantage that “by no means faileth.”
Now, Douglas Stilgoe is proposing a brand new method to mix the 2: Let members pay tithing by donating cash to “native and worldwide charities” as a substitute of church coffers.
His Change.org petition urges church leaders to place such a system in place. Practically 1,200 individuals have signed on to this point.
Not surprisingly, Stilgoe’s push factors to the billions the Utah-based religion has collected in its Ensign Peak Advisors reserve fund as proof the church can afford to let tithes funnel on to charities.
“The amount of cash the church has amassed, off the again of our donations, doesn’t sit properly” with some Latter-day Saints, he asserts. “… The church might change the tithing revenue with the income from Ensign Peak and proceed to operate precisely because it does now.”
And members might “strengthen communities, serve God by serving others, and construct Zion the place they reside” with a brand new wave of contributions (within the type of tithing) to charities close to and much.
Within the wake of the media revelations concerning the church’s huge property, different members say they have already got begun following this observe.
Faith Information Service columnist Jana Riess, for one, reported that she steered her 2020 tithes to humanitarian reduction, particularly organizations that assist children world wide.
“At tithing settlement this yr, I declared myself a full-tithe payer and defined why none of that cash has gone to the church,” she wrote. “… Not less than a couple of children who didn’t have meals or entry to schooling may have meals, faculty and the fundamentals.”
For his or her half, church officers persistently have acknowledged that they use tithing appropriately. They’ve referred to as the reserves a “wet day” fund to assist pay for, amongst different issues, operations in poorer components of the world — corresponding to Africa, the place the church is booming — and the place member donations can’t sustain.
The cash, they are saying, is much less about stashing money for the Second Coming, as was initially reported, and extra about offering safeguards towards extra frequent occasions — like credit score crunches, inventory slides and recessions.
Most religious members look like effective with the religion’s fiscal method. A January 2020 ballot for The Salt Lake Tribune, for instance, confirmed that just about 6 in 10 “very lively” Utah Latter-day Saints are towards requiring church buildings to reveal their funds.
In the meantime, Latter-day Saint Charities, the religion’s humanitarian arm, has supplied greater than $2.5 billion price of help in 199 nations and territories since its 1985 founding.
A marketing campaign for comfortable clothes
The New York Occasions did an “undercover” story, of types, this week on, properly, underwear.
Specifically, Latter-day Saint temple clothes.The piece targeted on Idaho Falls member Sasha Piton, who’s lobbying the church to provide softer, extra snug and breathable clothes, which the devoted put on as a personal and private reminder of their non secular commitments.
So what does Piton point out as most well-liked for her holy unmentionables?
“Buttery mushy, seamless, thick waistband that’s not slicing into my spleen, breathable material,” she informed her greater than 17,000 followers in an Instagram video underneath her moniker themormonhippie.
Her posts apparently resonated in Latter-day Saint circles, drawing 1000’s of feedback and personal messages.
Learn the total Occasions story right here.
Increasingly more, the church has been drawing again the curtain on its temple ceremonies and the underclothing donned by religious members. It launched separate YouTube movies in 2018 on the temple endowment and the usually mocked, maligned and misunderstood clothes.
Many Latter-day Saints “put on non secular clothes, however beneath their common garments,” the narrator says, whereas the clothes are proven. “Just like abnormal modest underclothing, it is available in two items and is normally known as the temple garment. … They function a personal and private reminder of our relationship to God and our dedication to reside good, honorable lives.”
The video has logged about 143,000 views.
Historic stake makes a transfer
The historic Salt Lake Stake will transfer out of its constructing northwest of the Convention Heart subsequent yr, and a personal, faith-based faculty will transfer in.
American Heritage College will lease the meetinghouse at 142 W. 200 North from the church. The constructing might be repurposed for its new use.
It’s unknown at this level, stake leaders say, whether or not the chapel’s distinctive stained-glass window depicting church founder Joseph Smith’s “First Imaginative and prescient” will stay or be moved (because it was as soon as earlier than).
The wards, or congregations, that had been assembling there — together with the stake workplaces — will relocate to different buildings.
The 14th Ward, as an illustration, will shift to an workplace tower the church is constructing downtown on the nook 100 South and State Avenue. The 25-story high-rise is designed with meetinghouse house inside.
Organized in 1847, the Salt Lake Stake is the oldest steady stake within the worldwide church.
American Heritage College has a campus close to the church’s Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. Its Salt Lake Metropolis campus is scheduled to open in August 2022, in line with its web site.
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