Local religious leaders were all preaching the same message Sunday - tolerance and acceptance.
A celebration at the Middleton Public Library marked the kick-off to Interfaith Awareness Week in Wisconsin.
Over nine years, the event has grown from a handful of people in the Madison area to recognition in cities all over the state.
Reverand John-Brian Paprock coordinates the celebration and says getting along with people of different faiths has never been more important.
"That's an unfortunate reality of our current world is that we're really threatened by people who believe different or look differently and I think this is a way for us to come together to demonstrate that we can work together."
Events continue all week, including a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.
For event details, go to http://interfaithsociety.blogspot.com/