Interfaith Concert: United in Celebration

  By Jeff Finley, Deseret News staff writer

  • 26 December 2012

Several choirs joined to perform “A Celebration of Christ,” an interfaith concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on December 8.  Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Article Highlights

  • A “Celebration of Christ” interfaith concert was performed on Temple Square December 8.
  • Five choirs from different faiths united with Latter-day Saints to perform individually and as a group.
  • Attendees enjoyed the diversity of sound as well as the unified message about Jesus Christ.

"I think our youth are bringing people together, saying, ‘We are all for one God.’”

Members of a half-dozen religions mixed their voices together on Temple Square on December 8 to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

“A Celebration of Christ,” an interfaith concert performed in the Tabernacle, featured the Celebration of Christ Choirs and Orchestra, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, and the Park City Treble Makers Women’s Choir.

The choirs are made up of Latter-day Saints and members from Episcopalian, First Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches and the Catholic Diocese.

“I think our youth are bringing people together, saying, ‘We are all for one God. It doesn’t matter what religion you are or what faith you practice,’ ” said Ginger Flowers, who attended the concert with her husband, Keith.

Flowers said this was the first time youth from Calvary Baptist Church have participated in such an event.

“We don’t hold back,” said Leslie Henderson, who attends the Calvary Baptist Church. “We are a praising type of choir.”

Keith Flowers said he enjoyed seeing the various faiths coming together to celebrate Christ.

“It is nice to see the differences and the way they approach it,” he said. “The message is the same, and the sounds are a little bit different, which is nice. It’s like a fruit cocktail.”

Camille and Brett Bullock, who also attended the concert, said they enjoyed the diversity at the event.

“I thought it was delightful,” Camille Bullock said, adding that she liked the way the different faiths united under shared principles.

The concert featured songs from all of the participating churches, with performances by the individual choirs and as a combined group.