Salt Lake City, bordered by the Wasatch Mountains to the north and east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, was founded by a group of MormonsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... led by Brigham Young; the city remains the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Skiing is a popular tourist attraction for the “Crossroads of the West” which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. This city of just over 186,000 residents has a metro area ten times that size and is the epicenter for industrial banking in the United States. TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... Square, home to the iconic symbols of the MormonThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... tradition—the Salt Lake Temple and the Salt Lake Tabernacle—dominates the religious landscape of the city; however, a diversity of traditions is evident throughout the city in, among others, the presence of eight Buddhist communities, four Islamic mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit..., and three PaganThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga... organizations.
The interfaith infrastructure of Salt Lake City offers unique and often innovative approaches to facilitating understanding across religious difference. Such initiatives include Quilters without Borders, an interfaith quilting circleIn some Pagan traditions, a “circle” refers to the people who gather for a ritual. When standing in a circle, all the participants are able to see each other, with no one member elevated over any other. This practice is often felt to encourage egalita...; and the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy which seeks to “build respect, good will, and trust between people in religious or ideological disagreements” by “taking the opportunity to speak forthrightly the truth one holds dear and listening carefully to different points of view.” Utah Interfaith Power and Light, profiled in this section, promotes understanding of different faiths and environmental concerns through its annual “Music and Sermon Awards.”