Interfaith Month in Utah offers chance to explore other faiths, ‘get out of comfort zones’

By Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — For some, Interfaith Month is an opportunity to learn about others’ faith traditions and to examine their own beliefs.

The month of activities, Feb. 1 to March 5, includes a wide array of offerings such as a tour of the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan, a Wiccan full moon rite and a Shrove Tuesday service at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark.

Father Elias Koucos, chairman of Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, said the events are educational but also present opportunities to forge new associations.

“It helps to build some friendship, camaraderie and understanding, obviously, a lot of respect and acceptance, too. We don’t have to accept everything everyone professes to believe in, but we do respect and admire those traditions,” said Father Koucos, assistant priest at Holy Trinity Cathedral and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church.

One event gives people who are not religious an opportunity to engage in conversation with religious people. “Call to Convene” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Wasatch Retreat Center at 75 S. 200 East.

“That’s the beauty of it, everyone learning about each other, getting us out of our own comfort zones,” said Janet Healy, Interfaith Month chairwoman.

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