Church Participates in Global Interfaith Gathering in Salt Lake City

  • 26 October 2015

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy, joined religious leaders from all over the world for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Religious leaders from all over the world, including from the Church, participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest interreligious gatherings.

 

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy, and government leaders from Utah participated in the opening ceremony and procession on October 15. Elder Clayton offered a prayer and some brief remarks during the parliament, which was held October 15–19 in Salt Lake City.

Some 50 faiths from 80 nations gathered for the event, which was held in the United States for the first time in more than 20 years. Recent meetings have been held in Australia, Mexico, and Spain.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior President of the Church's Presidency of the Seventy, speaks during the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference in Salt Lake City on October 15, 2015. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior President of the Church's Presidency of the Seventy, speaks during the Parliament of the World's Religions conference in Salt Lake City on October 15, 2015. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A dancer performs with a sword as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Salt Lake Pipe Band perform as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Audience members find their seats as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Audience members find their seats as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Salt Lake Pipe Band perform as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Divya School of Dance perform a classical Indian dance “Bharatanatyam” as Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide Sunday, October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Grammy Award winner Yangjin Lamu performs with a group of students from Southeast Asia. Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide Sunday, October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Grammy Award winner Yangjin Lamu performs with a group of students from Southeast Asia. Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable presents sacred music, religious music, dance, and performance representing faith traditions worldwide Sunday, October 18, 2015, inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.