Interfaith Groups Find Prayerful Environment at Univ. of Utah

May 10, 2004

Source: The Daily Utah Chronicle

On May 10, 2004 The Daily Utah Chronicle reported, "Media Credit: Andrew Cottle The Interfaith Chapel, located in Ft. Douglas, serves as a meeting house for all faiths.For U students who believe religious activities on campus are limited to those offered by the Latter-day Saints Institute of Religion, seeing isn't always believing. A visit to the Web site of the Associated Students of the University of Utah shows 15 student religious groups-from the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to the Bible Baptist Study-receive funding. Though the Latter-day Saints Student Association is the largest religious group campus with more than 15,000 members (though many of those aren't active in LDSSA activities), the diversity of campus is reflected in numbers. But the U isn't the only entity to recognize the importance of supporting and embracing disparate religious groups for the benefit of all students. In 2002, the U was ranked as the fourth most prayerful school in the nationby U.S. News & World Report, and the recent creation of a student interfaith council to promote and spearhead religious understanding on campus reinforces what those individual groups are trying to accomplish."