Kicking off its annual Interfaith Week, the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday at the downtown Marriott Hotel, 75 S. West Temple, Main Floor, Deer Valley Room.
This yearly event was born out of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when chaplains from diverse faiths decided to continue the interfaith dialogue they initiated at the Olympic Village.
This year, the Roundtable will feature a panel discussion about the contribution interfaith work is making in Utah. Participants in the discussion will be this year's recipients of the Roundtable's 2008 Interfaith Award, including:
• Scott Hansen, special counsel to area nonprofit organizations, including the Roundtable.
• Albert C. Jones, editor and publisher of the Diversity Times newspaper.
• John Kesler, coordinator of the Salt Lake Diversity Dinners.
• Elise Lazar, organizer of the Salt Lake Diversity Dinners.
• Carrie A. Moore, religion reporter at the Deseret Morning News.
• Scott Parker, longtime community representative of the LDS Public Affairs office and active supporter of interfaith initiatives.
This news conference starts Interfaith Week 2008, which officially runs Feb. 4-10 and includes a series of films, talks and special events.
A precursor event runs today through Monday, with an Interfaith Weekend of Film at the Salt Lake Public Library, Main Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South.
Films to be shown include "Chronos" at 1:30 p.m. and "Toward the Within" at 4:30 p.m. today. On Sunday, "West Bank Story" will be shown at 12:10 p.m. and "Three Faiths, One God" at 3 p.m. The Monday movies feature "Islam: A Closer Look" at 1 p.m. and "Luther" at 2 p.m.
All films are free and open to the public.
The week's events culminate in the Interfaith Musical Tribute to the Human Spirit concert, scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. The concert will include musicians, drummers, dancers and singers from the Buddhist, Jewish, First Nation, Quaker, Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths, who will share their unique religious traditions. A special interfaith chorus of youngsters will end the program with a song about peace.
Doors open at 4 p.m., and families are encouraged to come with their children.
For more information, go online to utahfaiths.org.