Parliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon country

When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and even Spiritualists prayed together. But Mormons were kept out.

What a difference 122 years make. On Thursday, when what is now called the Parliament of the World’s Religions convened in Salt Lake City, it not only featured a slate of Mormon voices, it was in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The parliament, which closes Monday, is expected to attract between 8,000 and 10,000 participants from 80 countries and 50 spiritual or faith traditions. This is the first time the parliament has met on U.S. soil since 1993, when it was held in Chicago.

Religion News Service