SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Over, 10,000 people from 80 different nations and 50 religions came together in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and it as pretty clear the message of the weekend was unity.
“We believe that each person is different, each person is diverse, but the oneness connects all of us, and I think this place gives that message,” said Muktha Ananda, a member of the Hindu community.
While, Ikonkar Khalsa a member of the Sikh community added, “All the religions I’ve seen have this common idea that there’s a lot of different paths but the destination is one.”
As people take in these final moments of the Parliament, visiting with vendors, learning about new religions and customs, taking in the music and dance of the event. Many are gracious to have had the opportunity to participate in the ceremonies and rituals of other faiths.
“That’s what it’s all about. We’re all coming together to strive for peace, because our world is in such strife right now and we’re all trying to work towards peace,” says Danny Wright an international Steinway artist.
That goal is what has brought thousands of people to Salt Lake City. As they take in the sights and sounds of the Beehive State many first timers say they’ve enjoyed the friendliness and openness of the community and the LDS religion.
“What I really see from people I’ve met here and many, and many of them are Mormons, is how they are curious and they’re accepting. They believe strongly in their path in life and yet they’re open and embracing to everybody here,” says Anaanda.
Attendees say it’s not just about coming together to worship, but committing to an action.
“I think that’s been the thing, we can change the world but we have to commit to doing something, rather than saying, ‘Oh, we wish peace would come,’ we have to go out and make it happen,” said Jonnie Wilson, a member of Jubilee USA from San Diego, California.