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Maxfield: Critical thinking is necessary in Utah politics and religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint's temple in Salt Lake City. Chronicle archives.

By Lynda Maxfield

April 26, 2020

  Questions and complaints about Utah’s State Legislature from the public are frequent and welcome. Similar inquiries about Utah’s predominant religion from its members — concerning church leadership and ideologies — are frowned on and are therefore less common. In Utah, 73% of the popula...

Pop-Cultured: Tattoos are an avenue for self-healing

Artist Craig Secrest tattoos his customer Connor at Heart of Gold Tattoo shop in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle).

By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer

April 24, 2020

  Before I discuss my perspective on tattoos as a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel it’s crucial to acknowledge why we even have these art forms to begin with. Although the earliest evidence of body art is on a man named Ötzi who died around 3250 BCE in the...

To Binge or Not To Binge Episode 72: ‘Messiah’

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By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

March 10, 2020

  Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for "Messiah." One of my most recent binges, the Netflix original series “Messiah,” is a philosophical dive into what it would mean if the second coming were to occur in today’s world.  “Messiah” first debuted on Jan. 1, 2020, and though i...

Vulnerability, Honesty and Social Critiques within the Seratones’ ‘Power’

By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

March 3, 2020

  The Seratones are a five-piece group based out of Shreveport, Louisiana that has explored genre lines from punk rock to gospel music filtered through jazz and blues lenses. On “Power,” the band’s sophomore album, lead singer and frontwoman AJ Haynes uses her lyrics to offer unapologeti...

Mismash: Utah’s Shifting Religious Demographics Are An Opportunity, Not A Problem

Temple Square before Christmas in Salt Lake City. Chronicle archives.

By Sarah Mismash, Assistant Copy Chief

February 1, 2020

  Salt Lake County is experiencing some shifts within its religious demographics. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ growth within Salt Lake has slowed for several years, even as Utah’s overall population continues to grow. In 2018, the percentage of members in Salt Lake County d...

Religion on Campus More Diverse Than Rest of State, With Proportion of Latter-day Saints Over 15% Lower

The Muslim Student Association held a Friday prayer in the Union ballroom to honor victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

(Photo by: Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle).

By Emily Anderson

May 10, 2019

  Statewide, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comprise 61.55% — nearly two-thirds — of the state population, according to a December 2018 article published by The Salt Lake Tribune. Although the University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution, its demographics lo...

Navigating Religion in the U’s Theatre Department

(Courtesy of the University of Utah Theatre Department)

By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 23, 2019

  The University of Utah Theatre Department does not shy away from controversy. In November, the play “Big Love” featured onstage nudity, explicit sexual content and graphic violence. Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disavow media with profanity or strong sexual...

Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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By Morgan Barron, Josh Petersen, Kristiane Sonnenberg, Andrea Alvarado, Elise Scott, and Jacob Brown

April 10, 2019

  What is the Church's Influence on You? While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant religion in the state of Utah, individual experiences with and within it are hardly monolithic. At the University of Utah, students pursue an education in an environment that regu...

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

April 10, 2019

  The Utah March for Life was smaller than you’d expect. Utah has a reputation for its social conservatism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ stances on controversial topics often influence the opinions of its membership. The Church teaches that “elective abortion for pe...

Grief, Faith and Gay: Coping With Loss When Faith and Sexuality Collide

By Amy Loret

April 2, 2019

  When faith and sexuality collide, stories involving personal feelings of grief and loss experienced by those in Utah and the University of Utah's LGBTQ+ community are common. "Grief, Faith, and Gay: Coping with Loss when Faith and Sexuality Collide" was hosted by the U's College of Social Work...

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