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Council for a Parliament of the Worlds Religions
1988 the Vivekananda Society of Chicago suggested holding a centennial to celebrate the 1893 Worlds Congress of Religions, effectively the first major global interfaith meeting, itself part of the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. So in 1993 the 1st Parliament of the Worlds Religions took place there with 8,000 participants. The event produced Toward a Global Ethic An Initial Declaration. The 2nd Parliament was in 1999 in Cape Town, South Africa, with some 7,000 from 80 countries, it published A Call to Our Guiding Institutions. The 3rd and 4th Parliaments, held in Barcelona (2004) and Melbourne (2009), respectively, attracted 9,000 and 10,000 participants. CPWR also organised the religious/spiritual program for UNESCOs 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, Mexico.
CPWR proposes to foster interreligious harmony versus unity so that each religious and spiritual community can contribute without loss of its unique character and traditions.
CPWR has a three-part mission (1) to cultivate harmony among the worlds religious and spiritual communities and (2) to foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order (3) to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
The Parliament of the World's Religions exists to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions
in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
The Councils primary approach is through initiating dialogues and fostering relationships among people of difference.
Executive board, trustees, staff, and guided by an international advisory committee of socially-engaged religious and spiritual leaders and activists.
the Council has a Partners Cities program; member communities pledge faith solidarity and hold city-wide arts and cultural event or implement multicultural harmony walks. Chicago, Cape Town, Barcelona, Monterrey (Mexico), Melbourne and San Jose (California, USA) were Partner Cities. Online social network on PeaceNext.org, keeps Parliament participants in touch. Ambassadors Program interfaith leaders, in 19 countries, promote the Councils mission and vision locally through outreach events.
inter-religious, spiritual, community
70 E. Lake St., 205, Chicago, IL 60601, USA. Tel. +1-312-629-2990 Fax. +1-312-629-2991