PWR | UPDATING | Voices of PoWR, Seeking Religious Literacy, and more | Friday 19 May 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

CALLING | Voices of PoWR Answering the Call to Conscience

The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions is convening on the theme of A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights and features over 700 programs from people of faith sharing resources, best practices, and network-building tools to commit to foster action in our communities.

Join us in Chicago, USA, 14-18 August 2023!

FEATURING | Luminaries

A diverse cohort of faith, spiritual, civic, and governmental leaders answering the call to conscience to defend freedom and human rights.
The cohort of luminaries leads exemplary lives dedicated to upholding human rights, advancing women's dignity, and fostering peace locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Dr. Rami Nashashibi is a MacArthur Fellow and the founder and Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).
  • Bani Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.
  • The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Harvinder Singh Phoolka is a Senior Advocate of Delhi High Court, politician, human rights activist, and author.
  • Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, an internationally known speaker and author.
  • Michael Bernard Beckwith is the Founder and CEO of Agape International Spiritual Center.

EXPLORING | Chicago Community Sacred Space Tours

A unique and interactive offering at this year’s convening is the Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour. In partnership with the Chicago Theological Seminary, ride onboard a trolley as we explore five sacred spaces in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhoods of Chicago, learning about their traditions, as well as the collaborative interfaith work happening in the community.

Join us on this fun 3-hour trip to educate ourselves about different faith communities active in the city of Chicago. Tour guides from both CTS and Parliament will lead the trolleys. Together we can help reshape the public narrative about what it means to live well together amidst our religious and cultural diversity and difference. Stops to be announced. Hop aboard the trolley!

SEEKING | Religious Literacy Course, Don't Miss it!

The Parliament of the World's Religions invites you to participate in Seeking Religious Literacy, an online course created in partnership with the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.

Seeking Religious Literacy – 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!

 Upcoming Events 

  • Tuesday 23 May 2023: join Rev. Stephen Avino for A Place for All People: The Possibilities and Challenges of Interfaith Organizations.
  • June 2023: join a special pre-Parliament event series Art of Universal Language.
  • Thursday 6 August 2023: join us for the global observance of Nuclear Prayer Day.

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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