Rev. Stephen Avino Named Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

November 19, 2021


Dear interfaith colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions selected Rev. Stephen Avino to serve as the Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Rev. Stephen Avino previously served as the Chief Operating Officer & Acting Executive Director of the Parliament.

An avid seeker of knowledge and a dedicated person of faith, Rev. Stephen Avino earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Born and raisefd in the Chicago area, the headquarters of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Rev. Avino became a member of the staff at the Parliament in 2012.

With almost a decade of dedicated service with PoWR, Rev. Stephen Avino has had the opportunity to serve the organization and the global interfaith movement in multiple roles. He supported the organization’s transition after the 2009 Parliament Convening in Melbourne, served as a key organizer for the 2015 Parliament Convening in Salt Lake City and the 2018 Parliament Convening in Toronto, and provided strategic leadership and the inspiration for the first virtual Convening in 2021. Rev. Avino remains deeply committed to advocating for the legacy of the Parliament and a more inclusive interreligious movement.

Rev. Avino addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Parliament

It is a pleasure and utmost honor to work with Stephen and see him being promoted as an Executive Director. His heart beats for PoWR and over past years, has shown dedication and leadership to continue to drive the agenda of the Parliament.  We are confident that he will take the Parliament to greater heights and continue to support us in finding solutions to the issues that challenge humanity in the 21st century.

Join the Parliament Board of Trustees and staff in congratulating Rev. Stephen Avino on his new role.


Mr. Nitin Ajmera
Chair of the Board of Trustees,
Parliament of the World’s Religions

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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