New York Pre-Parliament Event Explores Theme of Freedom & Human Rights

September 8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8th the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation welcomed participants to a Pre-Parliament event for the August 2023 Convening in Chicago, “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights”.

The Parliament is grateful to the Tzu Chi Center of New York for hosting the pre-Parliament event, which offered “a taste of the Parliament experience,” an opportunity to learn more about the 2023 Parliament, and a forum to highlight the work of local interfaith initiatives.

Featuring speakers from the Parliament’s Board of Trustees and staff, the event allowed attendees to dissect the theme of the 2023 Convening. Attendees and speakers shared about the challenges to freedom and human rights that we face today, including the rise of autocracy, and how faith communities can stand as strong defenders of a global ethic that protects the rights of all.

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The event welcomed faith and community leaders to explore the theme of the 2023 Parliament Convening through a special panel featuring discussions on A Call to Conscience, Freedom and the Right of Religious Freedom, Defending Human Rights, and the Right to a Healthy Environment. Explore the program here!


If you are interested in hosting a Pre-Parliament event or combining your existing event with a Pre-Parliament event, learn how you can get involved here.


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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