PWR | UPDATING | Beyond Thoughts & Prayer, In Memoriam, Seeking Religious Literacy, & More PoWR Updates | 5 May 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

GATHERING | Beyond Thoughts and Prayer, Commit to Action

Be Part of the Solution, Come to Chicago! Let's Show the World How People of Faith Will Defend Freedom and Human Rights

Thoughts and prayers has become, like many things in our society, a battleground phrase.

There are faith and political leaders who use the phrase as an easy way out to avoid addressing gun violence, domestic violence, natural disasters exacerbated by climate change, war and refugee crises in Latin America, Africa, and Europe, and the countless other crises facing humanity. All while refusing to commit to legislative or institutional changes to address the issues. Prayer is an important element of connecting with one’s faith but prayers must be realized through action.

To political and faith leaders hiding behind their weekly tweets of “thoughts and prayers” we say this, it’s time to answer the call to conscience and commit to action.

FAREWELLING | Dr. Arun Gandhi, In Memoriam

The Parliament of the World's Religions is saddened to report that Dr. Arun Gandhi  grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, peace activist, and Parliament luminary – passed away on Tuesday 2 May 2023 in Kolhapur, India.

Dr. Gandhi served as a member of the Board of Trustees of PoWR, a featured luminary at numerous Parliament Convenings, and the winner of the Peace Award at the 2018 Parliament Convening. Gandhi had been announced as a featured luminary at the upcoming 2023 Parliament Convening in Chicago, USA where he would be addressing the theme of freedom, democracy, and human rights.

LAUNCHING | Institutional Partnership Seeking Religious Literacy Course

The Parliament of the World's Religions is honored to announce the launch of Seeking Religious Literacy, an online course created in partnership with the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.

Seeking Religious Literacy – a self-paced course for individuals and groups who yearn to be pleasantly surprised and informed about religious worldviews all around us – is now open for registration! Take advantage of the $100 rate on the course now through the 2023 Parliament Convening. Enroll today and start your journey immediately!

CELEBRATING | Winners of the Global Ethic Essay Contest

In February of 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions invited essays that engage its signature document, “Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration),” in the lead-up to the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions and in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The Global Ethic Essay Contest was open to individuals around the world directly engaging the Global Ethic document. Three prize winners and an honorable mention were selected from the submissions received by the Global Ethic Committee.

PoWR shares its deep-felt congratulations to the prize winners.

SHARING | Upcoming Events

On Tuesday 9 May 2023, the PoWR is joining the Illinois Holocaust Museum as a community partner in the screening of Stranger at the Gate.
On Thursday 11 May 2023 join Peace Education from the Perspective of Indigenous Knowledge & Traditions an official pre-Parliament event.
This 8-11 May 2023, join PoWR and people of faith at GreenFaith‘s No Faith in Fossil Fuels: A Climate Finance Summit.

STAYING | Up to date with the work of the Parliament

MAKING | The mission of the Parliament of the World's Religions possible with support from individuals like you!


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