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'Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit' Unites Various Faiths

'Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit' Unites Various Faiths

Posted - Feb. 3, 2004 at 4:45 p.m.



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Sandra Yi ReportingYou may not think there's much diversity in Utah, but leaders from various faiths say you may be surprised if you take the time to find out.

Governor Olene Walker will declare this week 'Interfaith Week'. One group is challenging all of us to make a new friend and learn about a different faith.

Elaine Emmie: "One of the things that often happens is one faith knows its own faith and it never has a chance to dialogue or get to know other people."

There's diversity but no divide at the Interfaith Roundtable.

Elaine Emmie: "Even though there's only 100 Quakers in Utah say, we on the Interfaith Committee have the same voice as the LDS Church, which obviously represents a few more than 100 people."

The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable was created for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Two years later members continue their work. They hope to raise awareness and bring together different faiths and cultures. One way, is through music.

Jan Saeed, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable Chair: "Here we've got people of many faiths meeting in the Muslim mosque in Salt Lake City, dialoguing how we can have a wonderful evening at the tabernacle at Temple Square in just a few days."

For the third year, the group will sponsor the 'Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit'. The idea is to unite different faiths in one congregation. This year the concert will include a Russian Religious Hymn, Jewish Music and a Cambodian Fan Dance.

Jerold Ottley, Artistic Director: "We are a community, although we have different philosophies and we all live in the same area. Performance is a wonderful way to bridge the gap in those differences."

The concert is Sunday evening at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. It's free but you need a ticket to get in.

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