The morning after the final banquet this year at NAINConnect, our airport shuttle filled up with a Hindu, a Unificationist, two Christians, and two Muslims. The doors were barely shut when the driver, a Mormon, asked if we were “part of the interfaith group here.” We were, we said. He thanked us for visiting Salt Lake City and spoke at length of his admiration for what we do. He asked how we handle prayer at an interfaith event.
Prayer and meditation punctuated each part of the conference, we explained, with representatives from different traditions presenting at different times, each speaking from her or his own tradition. That pleased him, and he asked if we could have a meditation as we drove. We handled that a bit awkwardly, but a sense of the holy, and of family, suffused our van. Our driver took backroads to give us a short city tour before reaching the airport. Thanksgivings all around as we headed to our planes.
Those 20 minutes in a shuttle perfectly exemplified what happened at this year’s NAINConnect, devoted to “Many Faiths – One Family, Building a World of Harmony.”