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LDS Interfaith held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle
Annual Interfaith Music Tribute Performed in Historic Salt Lake Tabernacle
SALT LAKE CITY - 22 February 2010 A choir of 350 children from several different faiths, including some performing in American Sign Language, sang together. The event also featured reading from holy books, dancing, bagpipes and recitations and was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy welcomed all those in attendance. Local news anchor Carole Mikita of KSL Television emceed the program. “Temple Square is historically the place of gathering here in downtown Salt Lake,” Elder Richards said. “It is wonderful to welcome all of these groups to this beautiful place: to this building that is so conducive for musical depth and expression.” Lt. Governor Greg Bell read the Governor’s Interfaith Week Proclamation declaring 14–21 February as
“Interfaith Week: Many Faiths, One Family, Building a World of Harmony.” He stated that as people of faith, it is our responsibility to uphold and live the virtue which we all espouse so that there may
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, also spoke. He was followed by the Salt Lake Scots Bagpipe Band performing “Highland Cathedral” and “Amazing Grace.” Members of the Sikh faith and Gnostics were part of the performance for the first time this year. “Interfaith is not about losing faith; it’s about strengthening your own faith,” said Alan Bachman, music chair for the performance and Jewish representative to the roundtable.
He compared different faiths to different notes and explained that only when your own note is strong can you harmonize with another note and make beautiful music. “That’s what will make the world work.”
The Interfaith Roundtable is not only dedicated to celebrating different faiths, but also different cultures. The Young Artists of China – Inner Mongolian Musicians opened the program with Chinese traditional music. Later, the Inner Mongolian Dancers performed, each balancing five rice bowls on their heads as they danced across the stage. Chinese culture was also celebrated through the CCTV Galaxy Children’s Choir from Beijing, who sang “Flowers of Friendship” and “Beijing Welcomes You.” These children also performed the latter piece at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Gnostic, Jewish and Baha’i faiths, a Buddhist recitation, Sikh temple chant, reading from the Qur’an, Hindu and Buddhist dancers, and a few numbers the audience was invited to stand and sing with the children’s choir. The performance concluded with a Greek Orthodox prayer. “It takes a year of preparation. We will start next week for 2011,” Elaine Emmi, a Quaker and past chair of the Interfaith Roundtable, explained. All organizers and participants for the roundtable and its events are volunteers. “It has been awesome to step back and see the community step forward,” said Jan Saeed of the Baha’i faith and the original chair of the roundtable. She also said it is the spirit of volunteerism that is so important to bringing people together and that is what helps make these efforts successful. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable was organized in conjunction with the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in order to provide religious support for athletes from all over the world. The group chose to continue their work after the conclusion of the Olympics to promote harmony and understanding. Interfaith week has expanded, even lasting a bit longer than a week, with events such as a food drive, a presentation at the state capitol honoring Presidents Day: Faith of our Founding Fathers and several other events to bring understanding of different religions.
The roundtable is dedicated to celebrating religions and cultures and building love, harmony and faith.
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Pagan, Islamic, Catholic, LDS, Protestant, Jewish Interfaith meeting at the SLC Masonic Temple
Faiths give thanks in unison
Thanksgiving » Clergy urge focus on human needs.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE -- MONDAY, November 24, 2008
They wore burgundy robes, clerical collars, Indian feathers, yarmulkes or suits. Some spoke Arabic, Hebrew or English with a Catholic Irish lilt. But speakers at Sunday night's Thanksgiving Interfaith Service offered the same message to the nearly 500 people meeting at the Masonic Temple in downtown Salt Lake City: God loves everyone so we should love each other.
…LDS Apostle M. Russell Ballard described seeing a tiny mustard seed in the Holy Land and realizing that "if we have faith, nothing that faces us as a country, or as individuals, churches or employees will defeat us." …The Rev. Michael Kouremetis of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation and reminded the audience to "reach out and embrace each other in this frail world."
Imam Muhammed Mehta, of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, pointed out that every faith tradition teaches some form of goodness, charity, kindness and care for the weak and fragile.
Catholic chaplain at the former Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, noted that no one escapes this life without some sorrow. "People of all faiths and no faith are on common ground," Wixted said. "We must bear each other's burdens."
Across town in Holladay, nearly 1,000 people squeezed into St. Vincent's Catholic Church for a similar interfaith service.
The first "Thanksgiving" was recorded in the biblical book of Deuteronomy about 1,400 years ago, the Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church told the combined Catholic, LDS, Protestant, and Jewish audience. "It is not an American holiday. It is a spiritual day … where we must put our arms around those who are suffering or going without and find ways to feed them."…"We are a human family," Francisco-Nez said, "united by peace, harmony, balance and gratitude as we strive for equality and inclusivity." http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11059373
LDS general conference "We are a global church,"
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE -- MONDAY, October 6, 2008
LDS President Monson closed the conference in the afternoon with an appeal for tolerance and kindness.
"We are a global church," he said.
"Of course, there's no going back, only forward," Monson said.
"Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future."
Counselors: Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf
By Carrie A. Moore - Deseret Morning News - February 5, 2008
Newly named LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson told reporters on Monday there will be no abrupt change in the faith's initiatives or outreach throughout the world, and the church will continue to work cooperatively with people of other faiths.
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The text of the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction is meticulously recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216).