Source: The Republic
On June 19, 2004 The Republic reported, "Seven Columbus [Indiana] residents will take part in the Parliament of the World's Religions next month in Barcelona, Spain, the gathering that led to the creation of the local Interfaith Forum four years ago. Columbus will be recognized as a "[Goldin] Institute Partnership City" at the conference, one of 21 cities [internationally] and only a handful of U.S. cities to earn the distinction, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Honolulu. 'They liked what we were doing in Columbus with the Healthy Communities Initiative, Su Casa and Volunteers in Medicine,' said Christine Lemley, one of the local attendees. Columbus will be held up as a model for how other communities can address immigration and welcome newcomers to the community."