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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 option 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. Almost 1,200 folks have signed on to this point.
Not surprisingly, Stilgoe’s push factors to the billions the Utah-based religion has amassed 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 substitute the tithing revenue with the income from Ensign Peak and proceed to perform precisely because it does now.”
And members might “strengthen communities, serve God by serving others, and construct Zion the place they dwell” 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 in regards to the church’s huge property, different members say they have already got begun following this follow.
Faith Information Service columnist Jana Riess, for one, reported that she steered her 2020 tithes to humanitarian aid, particularly organizations that assist youngsters around the globe.
“At tithing settlement this 12 months, 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 youngsters who didn’t have meals or entry to training could have meals, college and the fundamentals.”
For his or her half, church officers constantly 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 — equivalent 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 fantastic with the religion’s fiscal strategy. 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 offered greater than $2.5 billion value of help in 199 international locations and territories since its 1985 founding.
A marketing campaign for cozy clothes
The New York Instances did an “undercover” story, of kinds, 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 trustworthy put on as a non-public and private reminder of their non secular commitments.
So what does Piton point out as most well-liked for her holy unmentionables?
“Buttery gentle, seamless, thick waistband that’s not chopping into my spleen, breathable cloth,” she instructed her greater than 17,000 followers in an Instagram video beneath her moniker themormonhippie.
Her posts apparently resonated in Latter-day Saint circles, drawing 1000’s of feedback and personal messages.
Learn the total Instances 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 customarily 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. “Much like unusual modest underclothing, it is available in two items and is normally known as the temple garment. … They function a non-public and private reminder of our relationship to God and our dedication to dwell 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 12 months, and a non-public, faith-based college will transfer in.
American Heritage Faculty will lease the meetinghouse at 142 W. 200 North from the church. The constructing will probably 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, for example, 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 area inside.
Organized in 1847, the Salt Lake Stake is the oldest steady stake within the worldwide church.
American Heritage Faculty 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, based on its web site.
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