Love for wilderness unites various faiths seeking to protect it


Over the past 12 months, Utahns from Episcopalian, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saint, Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ backgrounds have met in their respective faith communities to consider the spiritual importance of Utah's wild lands. In all, more than 230 people took part in these two-hour "Faith and the Land" dialogues, sharing powerful personal stories about the impact of wilderness on their lives and discussing how their faith traditions call on them to care for Utah's wild lands. It showed that spiritual devotion and love of nature are entirely compatible, and special claims of belief that sometimes divide us can work for the greater whole when believers are more invested in doing good than in being right.