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Many Faiths One Family

Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable executive director Ivan Candese (left) and Alan Bachman, chair of the roundtable (right) with Hindu dancers.

A feeling of unity swept over those gathered on Temple Square in celebration of interfaith relationships in Salt Lake City Sunday, 20 February. Utah Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed February “Interfaith Month.”

"Bharatha Natyam" Hindu dancers.

Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints H. David Burton echoed the theme, “Many Faiths One Family,” as he greeted the thousands of people in the historic Tabernacle during the culminating event of interfaith month.

Masa Fukuda directs the One Voice Children's Choir.

“As God’s children here on earth we truly are one family, and as brothers and sisters in that family, each of us has the wonderful opportunity, and indeed a divine duty, to show love and respect to all people.”

Kol Ami Jewish youth dancers.

Several faiths presented a program of sacred music, dance and spoken word. Faiths included Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Oklevueha Native American, Quaker, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Buddhism, Hindu, Baptist, Earth and Sikh. An interfaith children’s choir also performed.

New Pilgrim Baptist Choir.

The annual Interfaith Musical Tribute originated the Sunday evening before the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games and has continued since.

Taiko drummers.

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