At a time when Muslim and Christian relations are again in the world's spotlight, Utah women in the two faith traditions are beginning a friendship they hope will lead to greater understanding.

Over platters of falafel, biryani rice, hummus and baklava, the women of Salt Lake City's Wasatch Presbyterian Church and eight women from the Muslim community on Thursday traded hugs, personal stories, recipes and email addresses.

The luncheon — prepared in Muslim homes and shared at the church — was a thank-you from the Muslim women, who were delighted by Wasatch's giveaway earlier this week of free copies of the Quran, Islam's holy book.

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