OREM — The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will host a faith-based dialogue this weekend.

"Our connectedness to nature makes us connected to each other," said Deeda Seed, SUWA grass-roots outreach coordinator.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Student Center at Utah Valley State College in Orem.

Admission is free and registration is open. For information call 428-3971 or go to www.suwa.org.

The discussion is part of SUWA's Wild Lands Dialogue Project. Saturday's event is designed to ask questions such as: Is protection of Utah's wild lands important to me? How can we involve communities of faith in the protection of wild lands? How can we involve young people in working to protect wilderness?

"So many of us care about these places. Let's talk about why we love them and use that as a way to discuss what we hope for the future of Utah's wild lands," Seed said.

"Even people who disagree with various proposals for how to protect the land — most of these people have a deep affinity for the land," she said.

The wild lands dialogue event was originally scheduled for last Saturday. However, SUWA officials postponed it due to the funeral of President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.