On three evenings in May, Idaho Public Television brought together small groups of people of different religious backgrounds to discuss international issues. These "salons" were held at Lewis-Clark State College, Albertson College of Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College.
The participants were selected for their interest in global issues and their familiarity with their faith group. We purposely did not select leaders of various denominations; instead we wanted laypeople to engage in discussion. Each participant was given a packet of background information on how faith groups have dealt with four international issues: war, global trade, the environment, and humanitarian aid/proselytizing.
For two hours the groups, led by moderator Professor Denny Clark of Albertson College, discussed these issues and how their faith guides them in their views. They also watched several videotapes to prompt discussion. Selections from those discussions were edited (link to streaming of the roll-ins) for our television program (link to program) and are also available as text transcripts on this web site (read Lewiston, Caldwell, or Idaho Falls).