By Signature Books Press Release
LDS Author Releases Special Winter Games Edition of 'A World of Faith'
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Just off the press, a commemorative Winter
Games 2002 book celebrates the diversity of faiths in Utah and around
the world. "A WORLD OF FAITH: World Celebration Special Edition",
from Signature Books, is published in partnership with the Interfaith
Roundtable of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC).
With text by Salt Lake Tribune writer Peggy Fletcher Stack and
elaborate, colorful illustrations by Utah artist Kathleen Peterson,
the volume pays tribute to diversity. The book also carries an
Olympic message of peace to the world from the SLOC Interfaith
To launch the book, a book signing and discussion will be held
Thursday, December 13, 2001, from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the new
Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Gateway Center. Celebrating the
book's debut will be the author Peggy Stack, illustrator Kathleen
Peterson, and Jan Saeed, chair of the SLOC Interfaith Roundtable. All
will be available to answer questions and sign books.
The preface to this special edition begins, "Light the Fire Within,"
the theme of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The book
features the Golden Rule as taught in ten different faith traditions
and information about twenty-eight different faiths, described in
both words and art.
"The concise, descriptive text and beautiful illustrations of A World
of Faith provide an informative and entertaining resource to help
children-and adults-understand the diversity as well as the
similarity of the world's religions" writes Jimmy Carter, 39th
president of the United States, for the book's cover.
The author adds that "organized religion has inspired the best in
human history: new and often revolutionary social teachings about
justice. It has also spawned the worst depravity, cruelty, forced
conversion, and war. The best hope to end such conflict in the name
of religion is increased knowledge of the various traditions and what
they have in common."
The Interfaith Roundtable concurs: "As we prepare to help welcome the
world to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, we see an opportunity to
increase appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the global
human family ... It is a time of international truce when people put
aside their differences ... The Olympic Winter Games are an
opportunity to experience the global community in a context of peace.
We hope this book will help readers find an increased desire to build
a more peace-filled society."
What is the SLOC Interfaith Roundtable?
In 1998, members of various faith communities were invited by the
Salt Lake Organizing Committee to form an Interfaith Roundtable to
support the Salt Lake Winter Games of 2002. The mission of the
Roundtable is to help the faith communities work together to welcome
and serve the athletes and visitors to the 2002 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games along with establishing a lasting legacy
following the Games. An Interfaith Evening of Music, the Chaplaincy
program at the Athletes Village, a directory of Faith Services during
the Winter Games along with a web site of history of faith
communities in Utah, and this book project have been major components
of the roundtables activities. The Roundtable unites over 60
representatives from 40 faiths in greater Salt Lake Area, including:
Assemblies of God, Baha'i, Baptist , Buddhist, Christian Science,
Reformed Christian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
Congregational Church, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Gnostic, Islamic
Society, Interfaith organizations, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist,
Presbyterian, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Seventh-Day Adventist ,
Southern Baptist, Salvation Army and Unitarian faiths. "A WORLD OF
FAITH" is their first project to be launched. According to Jan Saeed,
Roundtable Chair, "We hope this book will not only be a beautiful
keepsake but also a useful tool for all those who wish to become more
prepared in welcoming the world for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games."
"A WORLD OF FAITH", Olympics Edition, $24.95, ISBN 1-56085-162-7, by
Peggy Fletcher Stack and Kathleen Peterson. Available at all Wasatch
Front area bookstores as well as on-line booksellers and at
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