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Attendees listen to Kufara, an African marimba band. Attendees listen to Kufara, an African marimba band.
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Different religious beliefs can often be a source of conflict in the world, but at Cunningham Park in Joplin -- it was about unity. The annual Light of Unity event, hosted by the Joplin Area Bahá'ís, brought Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other religions to Cunningham Park, all to commemorate the golden rule. Along with live music and food, speakers discussed how the golden rule plays into each of their beliefs. Organizers say that events like this are an important step co-existence.

Dan Goepfert, the coordinator of the Joplin Area Bahá'ís, said, "The first thing you have to do if you want to have unity on the planet is you're going to have to have a dialogue. You're going to have to speak to other people. So you're going to have to understand where they're coming from, and so it's really hard to speak with someone if you're constantly in an argument with them."

Some keynote speakers at the event included Eastern Shawnee Chief Glenna Wallace, Reverend Colleen Carroll of the South Joplin Christian Church, and Rabbi Paul Teverow of the United Hebrew Congregation.

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