PWR | UPDATING | A Call to US Congress on Gun Reform, It's Time to Talk, & More | Friday 3 June 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

Resisting Despair, Addressing Extremism and Recommitting to Non-Violence

The Parliament of the World’s Religions joins in mourning the lives lost in Laguna Woods, Buffalo, and Uvalde; we stand resolute with the wounded victims, their loved ones, and the communities most affected...

Now more than ever the Parliament urges the interfaith movement around the world and all individuals of faith, conscience, and goodwill to commit to action against supremacist ideology, hate speech, violence, and extremism.

Furthermore, we implore political leaders and law enforcement officials to acknowledge the systemic threat of gun violence, racism, and violent extremists against the most vulnerable in their communities. We call on the United States Congress to reform the laws around access to assault weapons. If we cannot protect our children, who can we protect? The time for change is NOW. There is no justifiable excuse for inaction on this issue.

Parliament Inaugurates It's Time to Talk

On Tuesday 24 May 2022, the Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Climate Change hosted the official launch of It's Time to Talk, a social media campaign that very simply asks: What is it of your Buddhist or Catholic tradition that compels you to confront the climate crisis?

The It’s Time to Talk initiative incorporates social media to inspire Buddhists and Catholics to join an ongoing dialogue that manifests the prophetic voices of these traditions and that nurtures the courage to act

Join the conversation, watch the official campaign video and host your own conversation using the hashtags #ItsTimetoTalk and #BuddhistCatholicDialogue

Did you miss the official launch of It's Time to Talk? Want to explore resources, the latest community videos from the campaign, and register for the monthly dialogues?

Parliament Executive Director Joins Inauguration of Home of Harmony

On 21 May 2022 the Parliament's Executive Director, Rev. Stephen Avino, joined the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago and representatives of the world's religions for the inauguration of the Home of Harmony, a new place for cultivation of the interfaith movement. 

The inauguration kicked off with a peace walk led by a banner that read, "Come, Let Us Make This World a Heaven" and was followed by speeches inspired the theme of "messages of harmony" from their respective traditions delivered to over 300 attendees.


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