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Utah group aims to heal religious rifts

Millcreek discussions bring together Mormons, Presbyterians, Buddhists, Jews and others.



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For Schwartzman, the exchanges have been informative and supportive.

"I enjoy the discussions for my own edification," she says. "Some of the questions are really probing and make me think more deeply about my own perspective."

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‘Diversity and Strength: A Community of Faith’

Leaders of various Millcreek spiritual traditions will briefly present and answer questions. The event is sponsored by Canyon Rim Community Connection and area churches.

When » Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m. 

Where » Canyon Rim LDS Stake, 3061 S. 2900 East

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On top of that, the rabbi adds, there is a natural camaraderie among the attendees born of a similar assignment — being a spiritual leader. "Sometimes congregations don’t know what clergy do all day. This is a group of people who really get it."

Lewis has appreciated the lowering of barriers and the changing views in the group.

"We’ve debunked a lot of myths," he says. "It’s been a safe place to do that."

The next step is to share their newfound insights.

"By allowing religious leaders the space to discuss our understandings safely amongst each other," he says, "that allows us to step back into our communities and safely address their misperceptions of others and create an environment of knowledge."

It seems to be working for his family, too. Neighbors now come to his house to hand-deliver party invitations.

pstack@sltrib.com


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