Utah Interfaith Council Unites for Olympics

February 9, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 9, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "at first glance, Salt Lake City could seem a one-faith kind of town: Mormon... But as athletes, their families and spectators arrived from around the world for the Olympic Winter Games that began yesterday, other faiths are cooperating to make sure visitors find the religion of their choice in Salt Lake City, whether it be Catholic or Baha'i... the official Olympic organizing committee has gathered an interfaith council of 45 city religious leaders charged with training chaplains for the athletes' Olympic Village and staffing a chapel... Interfaith cooperation has been a part of the religious landscape of Utah, faith leaders said. But these efforts often centered on situations where distinct purposes and theologies could find a common goal. The Olympics have turned out to be such a goal... The physical legacy of the city's interfaith activities will be an interfaith chapel at Fort Douglas, an old Army installation renovated for the athletes' Olympic Village."