Remembering Dirk Ficca, A Reflection from John T. Pawlikowski

February 10, 2022

I began working with Dirk [Ficca] during preparations for the 1993 Parliament.  When he became the Executive Director and I was serving on the PWR’s board our collaboration grew.  Dirk did much to establish the Parliament as a permanent institution.  For this, we who work with PWR today owe him our deep gratitude.

My permanent remembrance of Dirk involved his profound commitment to social cohesion, as both a possibility and a mandate for religious communities to pursue. Human society in our time is badly in need of forces that build and promote social cohesion. Dirk was convinced that religious communities were one of the few institutions that had the capacity to undertake this task. For Dirk, building social cohesion became a central feature of authentic interreligious dialogue.

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions is headquartered in the City of Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, and other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. 

PoWR recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. We remain committed to the advancement of dignity and justice for Indigenous Peoples’ and their communities in the region and around the world.

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