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Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions

April 8, 2021

The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), the world’s premier interfaith convening, ​invites​ ​proposals​ ​for​ ​programs​, presentations​, and religious observances at​ ​the​ ​2021​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​, to be held virtually,​ October 17-18.

Parliament convenings have featured luminaries such as His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureates President Nelson Mandela, President Jimmy Carter, Shirin Ebadi, and United Nations Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall. The 2021 Parliament Call for Programs provides featured presenters the opportunity to join a historic group of select scholars, religious and spiritual leaders, and activists from around the world.

The Call for Programs for the Parliament of the World’s Religions opened on Friday, April 2nd inviting people of faith and conscience from around the world to propose a program, presentation, or religious observance for the upcoming 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The program will be anchored in a deep acknowledgment of the grief, setbacks, and hardships faced by communities around the world and the critical hope and compassion offered by the faith and spiritual traditions of the world in healing, restoration, and the promise of a just, peaceful and sustainable future.

The theme of the 2021 Parliament is Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action. This theme aims to encompass the truly global opportunity provided by the virtual nature of the 2021 Parliament and the critical emotional and spiritual needs of people around the world while acknowledging the critical need for a just and compassionate plan to move the world forward.

Programs can be proposed as panels, lectures, oral presentations, academic papers, seminars, religious and spiritual observances, workshops and training, art, films, virtual tours, music, and performances. All interested individuals are welcomed and encouraged to register and submit a program proposal by June 31, 2021.

Presenting is only one of the ways in which interested individuals, communities, and organizations can get involved. The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions provides a cost-effective way to maximize an organization’s exposure to thousands of participants from 80 different countries and over 50 faith and spiritual traditions by serving as a sponsor and exhibitor. Individuals can network with leaders from communities around the world and connect with thousands of multi-generational, media-savvy, and culturally aware participants. Interested parties can take advantage of the discounted pricing available until May 31st for registrants, and till August 31 for exhibitors and sponsors.

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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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