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The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Parliament of the World’s Religions

November 1, 2018
Scroll down to watch our programs in preparation for the Parliament of the World's Religions.
From November 1-7, 2018, peoples of faith and conscience will stand together for a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world as thousands of interfaith activists from around the world gather at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.
This 7th Parliament will feature more than 500 programs and events across six major tracks under the theme: "The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change".
The tracks are:
The Women's Track: The Dignity of Women Across the World's Wisdom Traditions
Countering War, Hate & Violence Track: Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence
Climate Action Track: Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future
The Indigenous Peoples’ Track: The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth
The Next Generations Track: Interfaith Has No Age, Youth Voices for Change
Justice: Advancing Concrete Change Toward a Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World

Who's Coming to the Parliament?

Some 10,000 people of every faith group, from 80 nations and more than 200 unique spiritual backgrounds will be in attendance. There is programming for all, from scholars and activists to families and children, lectures to interactive cultural experiences. Anyone can participate: Individuals whose profession or personal interests have to do with faith or inter-faith dialogue; delegations from the guiding institutions like states, universities, or religious organizations. Presenters include students, clergy, interfaith leaders, scholars, Nobel Laureates, city mayors, spiritual luminaries, best-selling authors, globally-recognized entertainers, thought leaders, state actors, and more.

How to Prepare?

In preparation for this year's Parliament of the World's Religions, Salt + Light had the pleasure of speaking with some of the key organizers of this important meeting: Dr. Karen Hamilton (Christianity), Zulfikarali Kassamali (Islam), Michelle Singh (Interfaith); Fredelle Brief (Judiasm); Charles R. Hill (Bhai’i); David Goulais and Trina Moya (Indigenous).

PWR Ep 1:
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, speaks with the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton and Zulfikarali 'Zul' Kassamali, Vice Chairs of the Parliament 2018.

PWR Ep 2:
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, speaks with Michelle Singh, an Interfaith Minister, Board member, Steering Committee Co-Chair who sits on various sub-committees for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto. She is also a member of the Parliament Women’s Task Force. He also speaks with Fredelle Brief, of the Jewish faith, a former Board member of the International Association for Religious Freedom, the World Conference on Religions for Peace, and Charles R. Hill of the Toronto Bhai’i community, Finance Committee Chair for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

PWR Ep 3:
Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with Bob Goulais, Co-chair of the Indigenous Working Group, and Trina Moyan, Member of the Indigenous Working Group.

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