Thanking Our Hosts

With unparalleled natural beauty, convenient transportation, and remarkable hospitality, Salt Lake City was the perfect host city for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Salt Lake City offers a one-of-a-kind combination of metro and mountain - an urban oasis with a breathtaking alpine backyard. The Salt Lake City International Airport is consistently ranked #1 for on-time arrivals and departures, according to Travel and Leisure. Having hosted the hugely successful 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City is logistically situated to welcome the world, making it a top destination for tourism and conventions. The Salt Palace Convention Center is among the nation’s newest, largest, and most technologically advanced convention centers. With 6,006 rooftop solar panels, the LEED Certified Salt Palace generates enough electricity to power 228 homes each year. With nearly 700,000 square feet, the Salt Palace masterfully welcomed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in a visually stunning, environmentally responsible setting.

But what really served to make the 2015 Parliament the most successful in our history was the unwavering support of the people of Salt Lake City. Home to a dynamic interfaith community, the diversity of Salt Lake City was well represented in the local working group without whose tireless efforts, the 2015 Parliament would not have been possible. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, the Parliament Welcoming Committee, the Governor’s office, the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, the state legislature, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all played a crucial role in creating a perfect atmosphere for this inspiring event. Hundreds of volunteers worked practically around the clock to meet the needs of over 10,000 participants.

A special thanks goes out to staff of Visit Salt Lake and the Salt Palace Convention Center, whose support made all the difference.

The Parliament’s vision of a just, peaceful, and sustainable world is lived out in Salt Lake City in the powerful work that goes on in the community. Much of this work was showcased in Parliament programs and workshops, from cutting edge solutions to homelessness, to religious freedom, to the vast humanitarian efforts of the LDS Church. The Parliament was even able to serve as Salt Lake City’s introduction to  Compassionate Cities Campaign. The Parliament simply could not have had better partners than the people of Salt Lake City, and we are truly grateful.