As part of the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) “Sacred Spaces” initiative, a group of more than 40 people, including pastors, priests, interfaith leaders and New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, visited a congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Westchester, New York, in June.
The guests toured a Mormon meetinghouse, participated in a question and answer session with local Church leaders and attended Sunday worship services.
Philip Allred, bishop of the hosting Mormon congregation, says such gatherings help “bring down barriers to communication in our communities” and “emphasize the importance of religious observance in our society.”
The AJC’s partnership with Latter-day Saints in Westchester began two years ago with a shared commitment to increase understanding between religious groups and decrease prejudice.
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