In Memoriam: Fr. Thomas Baima

April 20, 2022

The Parliament of the World’s Religions extends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of the Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima.

Fr. Tom Baima was a celebrated author and trustee emeritus of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, leading the Catholic host committee in the organization of the 1993 Parliament Convening and instrumental in the creation of the Parliament’s signature document, Towards a Global Ethic. Fr. Baima served as a vicar for the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the former president of the Illinois Conference of Churches, the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, and the O’Hare Interfaith Chapel Corporation.

We join his family, community, and the global interfaith movement in mourning. May he rest in peace.

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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