PWR | UPDATING | Responding to Dharam Sansad, In Memoriam and More | Friday 14 January 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

Statement on Dharam Sansad and Hate Speech

PWR is distressed to learn that the name of the Dharam Sansad -- “assembly of religions'' — is being rendered in English as “Parliament of Religions.” The 17-19 December 2021 meeting held in Haridwar by the Dharam Sansad is widely reported to have included hate speech and calls for lethal violence against certain religious groups by Hindu leaders, as recorded on video.

PWR vehemently disavow any association with such speech and the views it expresses. We have no connection with the organization sponsoring this meeting and we further request that the Dharam Sansad not be referred to as “Parliament of Religions.”

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In Memoriam: Rev. Dirk Ficca

The Parliament of the World's Religions is saddened to report that Rev. Dirk Ficca has passed away. Dirk Lewis Ficca, 66, of Oak Park, IL, passed away on Tuesday 21 December 2021. Throughout his career, Dirk had many roles in the global interfaith movement; as a minister, professor, and thought leader.

Rev. Ficca served as the Executive Director of the Parliament, organizing the 1999 Parliament Convening in Cape Town, the 2004 Parliament Convening in Barcelona, and the 2009 Parliament Convening in Melbourne.

In Memoriam: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Parliament of the World’s Religions was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on December 26th.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican religious leader renowned around the world for his work and dedication to peace and justice. A Nobel Laureate, he was a major keynote at the 1999 Cape Town Parliament Convening and a dedicated faith leader in the local and global interfaith movement.


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