Salt Lake Interfaith Luncheon
Emerald Hills Institute invited fellow members of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable to a wonderful lunch with friends, to introduce ourselves and make sure our many interfaith friends fell welcome. Zeynep Kariparduc, Outreach Coordinator for the Institute, took a moment to explain the name of the Institute and its mission. Emeralds are precious stones and are green, representing the abundance of heaven and its precious place in each of our hearts, she explained. She made a point of emphasizing the use of Hills in plural rather than singular – because each faith walks its unique path into heaven. From Whirling Dervish performances to ebru and cooking classes with dishes from around the world, Emerald Hills Institute sponsors learning about our neighbors through sharing our cultures. And perhaps most important, through Talk In Action the Institute coordinates service opportunities for all our interfaith friends to work with us in helping our Utah community because service, Zeynep explained, is an expression of love – love for our neighbors, for our community, and for the Creator we share.
It was a wonderful lunch, and everyone had a hard time leaving.