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From Dialogue to Action | Parliament Chair & Conference Presenter Join 2019 URI Conference

May 30, 2019

Interfaith dialogue is a vital first step for many people involved in the global interfaith movement but organizations and conferences around the world are increasingly challenging themselves and their stakeholders to move beyond just dialogue and into concrete action.
The United Religions Initiative conference Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action and Global Peacebuilding is a great example of this. The two-day conference is being hosted on Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th at the Hoover Institution, David and Joan Traitel Building, Stanford University Campus. According to the conference organizers, participants will develop a deeper understanding of interfaith efforts towards global peace-building and consider targeted action steps to be undertaken locally and globally.
The conference will feature two innovative women, well-known to the Parliament audience and within the interfaith movement, who will be addressing the importance of interfaith action in order to accelerate peace.


Audrey Kitagawa Featured Wednesday, June 26th
Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa, joins Accelerate Peace for the panel “Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action” which also features the participation of the Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, Radia Bakkouch, President of Coexister France, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, President of the Graduate Theological Union, H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General of KAICIID, and  Michael G. Pappas, Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

My heartiest congratulations to URI for the significant work that it undertakes through its more than 800 cooperation circles that span the globe. The Parliament of the World’s Religions’ partnership with URI over the years has been a model for cooperative action among interfaith organizations and communities. I am therefore pleased to participate in this year’s URI International Conference, Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding. I will be a panelist on “Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action”, together with co-panelists Reverend Jennifer Bailey, Radia Bakkouch, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, and Michael G. Pappas. I look forward to being on this panel, attending the URI  symposium, the gala dinner, and meeting up with friends and colleagues of long standing, who are dedicated to the ways of peace.
Audrey Kitagawa, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Join Audrey and the featured panelists from 11:00am – 12:00pm.​
Valarie Kaur Featured Thursday, June 27th
Internationally recognized Sikh American civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project™ Valarie Kaur joins Accelerate Peace on Thursday, June 27th to deliver the Call to Action keynote from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.


Valarie joined the Parliament as a keynote of our 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah and again at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions via live address. Check out her amazing speeches and get excited to see her at Accelerate Peace.
Registration closes on Friday, June 14. Register Today!