Professor spreads message of religious cooperation – News
A Hawaiian leprosy colony served as the unlikely setting for building bridges of religious understanding in 19th-century America, a scholar said at an event in the Union Den on Tuesday.
Fred E. Woods, professor and chairman of religious understanding at Brigham Young University, gave the first of several lectures taking place on campus for the first Student Interfaith Week.
Woods said that in the 1800s leprosy patient Jonathan Napela and priest Joseph De Veuster, who was known as “Father Damien,” worked together to create a culture of religious tolerance at the Hawaiian leprosy colony of Kalaupapa.
Napela was a prominent judge and a member of the LDS church. He was the first Hawaiian to visit Salt Lake City and receive LDS temple endowments. He helped LDS apostle George Q. Cannon translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian, Woods said.