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Interfaith tribute

Muslims, Jews, Christians — including Latter-day Saints — Hindus and others joined in a celebration of unity during an Interfaith Musical Tribute held at the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Feb. 8.

Karen Nielsen-Anson sings along with the Congregation Kol Ami Jewish Children's Choir during the  Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.  Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Karen Nielsen-Anson sings along with the Congregation Kol Ami Jewish Children's Choir during the Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke at the event, expressing gratitude for the nearly 2,500 in attendance and encouraging all faiths to continue to come together on common goals.

Elder James J. Hamula of the Seventy welcomed the near-capacity crowd. Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a Church member, issued a gubernatorial proclamation honoring the interfaith celebrations.

Muslim Children's Choir sing during an  Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.  Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Muslim Children's Choir sing during an Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred

The concert — a culminating event in a seventh annual, weeklong celebration of religious harmony and understanding? sponsored by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable — ?filled the historic building with the sounds of bells, bagpipes, drums, chants and choirs representing more than 15 faith groups and hosted by the Church. Children of the Jewish and Muslim faiths performed together in a joint choir, and Native Americans performed. All musical presentations voiced the common hope of peace, both personally and worldwide.

The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable began in 1999 as a coalition required by the Olympic Charter to provide for the spiritual needs of visiting athletes at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.

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