Parliament in the News Articles Archive February - October 2015

 
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Date: 2015-09-25
Title: Dalai Lama Cancels Visit, Utah Followers Pray for His Health,” Salt Lake Tribune
Details: Utah's Tibetan community reacted with sadness Friday to the news that the Dalai Lama would not be coming to the Beehive State next month because of his health.But the 250 or more Tibetans were more concerned for the man they consider to be their leader than for their own loss."The cancellation was a big disappointment for all of us because we so looked forward to welcoming him and receiving his blessing," Tibetan spokeswoman Pema Chagzoetsang said. "But his health is much more important than participating in any scheduled public events."His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, was scheduled to keynote the Parliament of the World's Religions, which will meet in Salt Lake City Oct. 15 to 19. He also was to speak on compassion and universal responsibility Oct. 18 at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center.


 

Date: 2015-09-23
Title: The Other 9/11 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of,” The Argus (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Details: On the anniversary of the tragedy that occurred 14 years ago, Americans take time from their day to remember and mourn. September 11, 2001 is a dark day in American history.Unfortunately, this terrible has helped to perpetuate religious intolerance and misunderstanding. Though the events of 9/11 should by no means be forgotten, there is another anniversary that ought to be recognized on this day. It promotes acceptance and understanding between religions instead of ignorance and suspicion.On September 11, 1893, twelve representatives from the world’s largest religions walked hand in hand up the steps to the first Parliament of World Religions. This meeting took place in what is now known as the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the largest of the many congresses held in the midst of the World’s Colombian Exposition (a.k.a Chicago’s World Fair). Approximately 4,000 people stood in the crowd for the first of 17 days meant to educate and find commonality between the world’s most influential religions.


 

Date: 2015-09-23
Title: “UCC pastor to take message of climate care to interfaith audience at Parliament of World's Religions,” United Church of Christ News
Details: A United Church of Christ minister in Southern California is preaching climate care next month at a global gathering, but his remarks about how different faiths engage the care of creation aren't addressed only to one faith group. The Rev. Robert Shore-Goss plans to break down interfaith barriers and help build interfaith cooperation in caring for the Earth and all life among his Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist listeners."I wanted to attract the widest interfaith audience," said Shore-Goss, who will represent the UCC's Southern California-Nevada Conference during the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions Meeting and lead a discussion about the interfaith effort on earth care. The meeting takes place Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City.His workshop, "Interfaith Understandings about Earthcare: How Buddhists, Jews, Christians, and Muslims can speak together about climate change," will explore how those faith communities' respect for nature derived from religious resources, how they respond to climate change, and how they can engage interfaith communication and coalitions to take action for the Earth."It is taking the UCC principle of 'united and uniting' and going several steps beyond," Shore-Goss said.


 

Date: 2015-09-21
Title: Play on '84 riots to be performed at Parliament of World's Religions,“ The Times of India
Details: CHANDIGARH: 'Kultar's Mime', a play based on the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, will be staged at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions, known as the world's largest interfaith event, in mid-October. The play, which has had 36 performances in four countries in the last one year, including those in Amritsar and Chandigarh, synthesizes the sufferings of victims of the organized anti-Sikh violence of 1984.Directed by Boston-based father-daughter duo of Sarbpreet Singh and J Mehr Kaur, the play juxtaposes the 1984 killings against an anti-Jewish pogrom in the city of Kishinev, the capital of the Russian province of Bessarabia, in 1903. Both separated by thousands of miles, numerous years and insurmountable differences of religion, language and culture, yet similar stories of human suffering and courage.


 

Date: 2015-09-22
Title: Logsdon professor to chair Parliament of World Religions,” The Baptist Standard
Details: ABILENE— A missions professor at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminarywill chair an international organization dedicated to cultivating harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities.Rob Sellers, professor of theology and Connally Professor of Missions at Logsdon, was elected chair of the board of trustees for the Parliament of World Religions—only the second Baptist to serve in that position.Sellers hopes his election offers “a strong counterpoint to the particularly mean-spirited things that some very prominent Baptists have said in the media about other religions and their spiritual leaders or prophets.”“For Christians in general, many of whom are unsure of what to think about the increasingly religious plurality of our nation or concerned about religious conflict around the world, it is important to have someone of their own faith tradition to be vocal about the beauty of religious diversity, the need to treat persons of other faiths as neighbors, the wisdom of other spiritual teachers that can enrich us, and the value of working together across religious boundary lines,” Sellers said.


 

Date: 2015-09-19
Title: India urged to host 2020 Parliament of World’s Religions,” The Sunday Guardian
Details: Reverend Imam Malik Mujahid, chairman of The Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR), wrapped up the ISOL Foundation's fifth international conference in Chicago with a call to India to host the 2020 Parliament of the World's Religions. Iman Mujahid paid homage to Swami Vivekananda's iconic greeting of 1893 "Brothers and Sister of America", and the conference, too, was symbolically held in the Arts Institute of Chicago, the venue where Vivekananda delivered his inspirational address. The Swami is the totem of the WPR and the wider interfaith movement.The ISOL Foundation exists to "integrate spirituality into organisational leadership". Following in the footsteps of Shri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda the conference examined the clinical evidence linking performance to spirituality, leadership skills, ethical qualities, the role of women, sustainable economies and the cosmic power of God.


 

Date: 2015-09-18
Title: Kultar’s Mime: 1984 play heads to the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City,” Sikh Siyasat News
Details: Kultar’s Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theater and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi Massacre in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The play follows a collective of young Jewish artists who intend to commemorate the 1903 Kishinev pogrom, and in the process, learn about the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs. In a powerful moment of embracing the pain of the ‘other,’ they shift focus and decide to tell a story that the world has largely ignored. The play incorporates text from two poems: Kultar’s Mime by Sarbpreet Singh and In The City Of Slaughter by Haim Bialik. Kultar’s Mime is directed by J Mehr Kaur, a theater major at Smith College, and is being presented worldwide by the Sikh Research Institute.


 

Date: 2015-09-09
Title: Don't just 'tolerate' other religions, respect them,” Hindustan Times
Details: I was invited recently to speak at an event organised by the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The subject allotted to me was: ‘The role of the youth in inter-faith dialogue’ — the aim, obviously, being international understanding and world peace. So I thought, why not ask the youth what I should speak on? After all, they would know better what their role should be as compared to a 40-year-old like me.So I met some students. And it was, I must admit, an intriguing conversation. Some youngsters nonchalantly remarked “inter-faith dialogue is a good idea and you oldies keep up the good work while we get on with our lives”. A laid-back youth said “the trick is to look upon each other as friends, and not as Hindus or Muslims or Christians or Sikhs...”I understand that some among you, who are thoughtful, may think of these responses as simplistic. But the fact is that many people actually approach religion simplistically (though they may approach other subjects more thoughtfully). Many don’t actually read the scriptures of their own religion (let alone those of other faiths). They just know a few rituals and that defines their religious life. In this paradigm, these simplistic suggestions may just work.


 

Date: 2015-09-03
Title: 7 Ways faith opens your heart to humanity,” KSL.com
Details: People of faith often refer to their religion as the gospel, Hebrew for good news, which is how they feel and express their beliefs. Whether they put that faith in God, Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddha or mother nature, it is that faith that brings them joy, foundation and the desire to do good to their fellow man.According to David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200," there are 19 major world religions that are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups and many smaller ones. A total of 34,000 separate Christian groups have been identified in the world. "Over half of them are independent churches that are not interested in linking with the big denominations," the survey reads.


 

Date: 2015-09-04
Title: Upcoming Parliament of the World's Religions offers Catholics spiritual, volunteer opportunities,” Intermountain Catholic
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The Parliament of the World’s Religions will host a conference in Salt Lake City at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center Oct. 15-19, it is expected to bring 10,000 people from across the world; the keynote speaker is His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Among the many other speakers are Dr. Karen Armstrong, Terry Tempest Williams, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Arun Gandhi. A Vigil Mass on Oct. 17 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine will be celebrated. At that Mass, Benedictine Father William Skudlarek, Secretary General of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, will be the principle celebrant, and Father Don Rooney, President of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, will be the homilist.


 

Date: 2015-08-31
Title: Parliament of the World’s Religions coming to Salt Lake, how to handle retirement,Deseret News, National Edition TV
Details: In 2002, Salt Lake City welcomed the world for the Winter Olympics. This Fall, Salt Lake will welcome the world's religions. The Parliament of the World’s Religions will be the first one held in the U.S. in 22 years.Brian Birch is the director of the Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University and is coordinating student involvement that week with the Parliament. He explained to Dave McCann what people can expect to see and experience during the summit.


 

Date: 2015-08-26
Title: Excitement for the Parliament of the World’s Religions Builds,” Nature’s Path, Patheos.com
Details: In eight weeks, thousands of people of faith will come together in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Parliament of the World Religions October 15-19, 2015. The theme is Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity Bring Global Wisdom. It has three major areas of focus this year: Climate Change & Care for Creation; Income Inequity & Wasteful Consumption; and War, Violence & Hate Speech.CUUPS Board members David Pollard, Maggie Beaumont and myself, along with future board members Peter Dybing and Debra Gilbert will be there on behalf of UU Pagans. To date over 150 people from various earth/nature centered and Pagan traditions will be there.So what happening at the event? WOW! So much!


 

Date: 2015-08-15
Title: Metro Vancouver is the Hotbed of Interfaith,” The Link, British Columbia, Canada
Details: Our Metro Vancouver has become the hotbed of interfaith activities. Recently on August  8,  the Pre-parliament of the World’s Religions Conference was organized by the Global Clergy Association of Canada, with support of faith and interfaith associations of Metro Vancouver, at Richmond Cultural Center, Richmond. The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR), which is the oldest and largest interfaith organization in the world, will meet in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 15 to 19.We also have here the oldest interfaith organization- Multifiaith Action Society  in Canada which has been  successfully  promoting, for more than four decades, harmony and peace in culturally and religiously  diversified communities.This Society also publishes Multifiaith Calender with original art work and comprehensive details about the religious festivals and important events of major faiths of the world.  Moreover, it carries the largest circulation in North America.


 

Date: 2015-07-31
Title: Pre-event for World Religions Parliament planned,” The Times of India
Details: VADODARA: For the first time a pre-Parliament event ahead of the Parliament of World's Religions (PWR) will be held in the city. The event has been organised by the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Memorial (RMVM) and the committee of the PWR.Former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was scheduled to attend the pre-Parliament. He was also to be invited for the PWR during the event.The event is being held in Vadodara as the city has a strong connect with the PWR. Swami Vivekananda had stayed in the city on his tour of the state before he went for the PWR where he gave a historical address in September 1893.


 

Date: 2015-07-08
Title: On Care of Earth, Pope Francis Has Company,” Publishers Weekly
Details: The release in June of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Praise Be to You: (Laudato Si’): On Care for Our Common Home, sheds new light on a conversation that spirituality and religion book publishers have been having for years, about how people of faith can lead the way in caring for the environment. The pope’s call to nurture the Earth drew wide attention and not a littlecontroversy, which might raise the profiles of a number of books on the topic that are new this year and coming in early 2016. (Hardcover and trade paper editions of the encyclical itself are being published in August by Ignatius Press, Our Sunday Visitor, and Word Among Us.


 

Date: 2015-06-21
Title: Regular LINK Contributor And Man Of Faith Acharya S. P. Dwivedi Gets International Recognition.” The Link, British Columbia, Canada
Details: SURREY – The Parliament of the World’s Religions has recently recognized Acharya Shrinath  Dwivedi  as an Ambassador for his  more than 35 years of  long and invaluable services in cultivating peace around the world.He is one of the senior leaders in field of interfaith movement in Canada who is actively involved in building awareness, understanding and respect between members of diverse religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds.He is credited with organizing and participating several, local, national and international interfaith peace prayers and  conferences. He has worked and collaborated with other community and faith groups to promote peace, harmony and  global sustainability.He successfully coordinated three Pre-Parliament  conferences in Metro Vancouver and  will be holding the fourth one on August 8,2015 at Richmond Cultural Centre in Richmond.He was invited by UNO to Millennium World Peace Summit 2000, New York and United Religions Initiative at Global Peace Assembly 2002 in Rio, Brazil.He chaired the Advisory Council on Spiritual and Religious Care of Surrey Memorial Hospital and was appointed as a Religious Councilor to Winter Olympic Calgary and Salt Lake,USA.


 

Date: 2015-06-05
Title: Politics Needs Wisdom of Buddhist Voices,” The Bangkok Post
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Date: 2015-06-04
Title: Private Utah homes sought to lodge attendees of Outdoor Retailer, other big meetings,” Salt Lake Tribune
Details: My Host Housing is looking for some good homes near downtown Salt Lake City to help handle overflow crowds at this summer's Outdoor Retailer Summer Trade Show and other large gatherings.The private housing provider is working with Visit Salt Lake, the county's convention and visitors bureau, to find suitable accommodations when a large meeting fills all available hotel rooms close to the Salt Palace Convention Center.Outdoor Retailer is always one of those, and will pack Salt Lake City with visitors when it comes to town Aug. 4-8.But it's not the only one this year. My Host Housing also is booking home lodging stints for the June 15-18 meeting of the Native American Church of North America and the Oct. 15-19 convocation of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.


 

Date: 2015-06-03
Title: Three Burmese Monks Receive World Harmony Awards,” The Lion’s Roar
Details: The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions reports that Burmese Buddhist leaders — His Holiness Rev. Seindita, His Holiness Rev. Withudda, and His Holiness Rev. Zawtikka — were last weekawarded World Harmony Awards, presented by the Parliament of the World’s Religions, at the Nobel Institute in Norway.In his comments at the ceremony, Imam Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, said “These extraordinary monks challenge the widespread perception that all Buddhist monks clamor for violence against the Rohingyas.”


 

Date: 2015-05-27
Title: Zen Cleric Finds Simplicity in Puppets, Performance,” Black Mountain News
Details: Judith Toy, writer, poet, Zen cleric and master puppetmaker, proposed an interactive puppet show about one of the Buddha’s “Jataka” tales. It was accepted by the Parliament of the World’s Religions to be performed in Salt Lake City in October.More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the parliament. Some 80 countries and 50 religious and spiritual traditions will be represented.“This is the largest summit of interfaith activists around the globe,” said Imam Malik Mujahid, the chair of the Parliament Board of Trustees said of an event that provides learning and sharing opportunities. “This marks the return of the Parliament of World’s Religions to the U.S. for the first time in 22 years.”


 

Date: 2015-05-21
Title: In Our View: Peace in Utah,” The St. George Daily Spectrum
Details: In 1883, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s major religions and to foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.The creation of the 1893 Parliament marked the first formal gathering of representatives from eastern and western spiritual traditions. Today, that inaugural gathering is frequently bookmarked as the beginning of the interfaith movement: The first public forum anywhere that invited leaders from the world’s major religious traditions to discuss and share their faith and practice with each other.One hundred years later, the Parliament reconvened a century celebration opening the door to all faiths, and included other spiritual communities and indigenous traditions. Eight thousand attended the 1993 Chicago celebration, with 3,000 more being turned away for lack of space.


 

Date: 2015-05-20
Title: Church will preview global interfaith event,“ The Newberg Graphic/Paplin Media, Portland Oregon
Details: Having attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain, in 2004 and in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009, Newberg First United Methodist Church Pastor Bob Flaherty is an outspoken fan of the world’s largest interfaith gathering.So when Flaherty was invited to host a preview for the 2015 event, which will take place Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City, he was more than happy to oblige.He was even more pleased to learn that the parliament will give away one free invitation at the local event, which will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 28 at Newberg First United


 

Date: 2015-05-16
Title: 2015 Parliament of World Religions to meet in SLC in Oct.”, Helena Independent Record
Details: The first Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions took place in 1893. This historic event has taken place in Chicago, Cape Town, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain, Melbourne, Australia -- and now once again on American soil, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Palace Convention Center.The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities, and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.


 

Date: 2015-04-26
Title: Utah faith leaders prep to host Dalai Lama, world religions parliament,“ KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of Utah’s faithful convened Saturday for an “interactive preview” of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, which Salt Lake City will host this October.“To be able to host the parliament is as great as hosting the Olympics,” said Bridget Cook-Burch, a Catholic-turned-Mormon who attended Saturday’s preview. “It’s about coming together as people in a way that is not about competition, but about collaboration and solving what’s happening on our planet.”The five-day conference is expected to draw more than 10,000 devotees from 80 countries and 50 faith traditions. Experts predict a $14 million boost to the surrounding economy.“It is the biggest interfaith event, period,” said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of the parliament’s board of trustees


 

Date: 2015-04-25
Title: “'As great as hosting the Olympics': Utah's faith leaders prepare for world religions parliament,” Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of Utah’s faithful convened Saturday for an “interactive preview” of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, which Salt Lake City will host this October.“To be able to host the parliament is as great as hosting the Olympics,” said Bridget Cook-Burch, a Catholic-turned-Mormon who attended Saturday’s preview. “It’s about coming together as people in a way that is not about competition, but about collaboration and solving what’s happening on our planet.”The five-day conference is expected to draw more than 10,000 devotees from 80 countries and 50 faith traditions. Experts predict a $14 million boost to the surrounding economy.


 

Date: 2015-04-25
Title: ‘Olympics of religions’ receives a preview in Salt Lake City,” Salt Lake Tribune
Details: The world's religions are set to gather in Salt Lake City in October, and organizers and city officials met Saturday to preview and prepare for the global event.Roughly 10,000 people from 80 countries and 50 faith traditions are expected to visit Utah's capital when The Parliament of the World's Religions convenes. Featured speakers will include the Dalai Lama and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, both Nobel laureates, as well as leaders from international religions large and small.Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker described the event as the "Olympics of religions" and said Utah's history as a community founded by religious settlers provides a unique setting for a discussion of faith.


 

Date: 2015-04-24
Title: Mayor Becker, others to preview upcoming global religious summit in SLC this weekend”, KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Religious communities from around the world are coming to Utah this fall.To prepare, local dignitaries are hosting a preview event in Salt Lake City on Saturday, complete with workshops and discounted rates.The Parliament of the World's Religions is expected to attract up to 10,000 people from dozens of countries and faith traditions in October. Fall speakers include the Dalai Lama and Oscar Arias, twice-elected Costa Rica president, both Nobel laureates, among other speakers.


 

Date: 2015-04-24
Title: Preview Event this Weekend for Global Religious Summit in Salt Lake,” Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Religious communities from around the world are coming to Utah this fall.To prepare, local dignitaries are hosting a preview event in Salt Lake City on Saturday, complete with workshops and discounted rates.The Parliament of the World's Religions is expected to attract up to 10,000 people from dozens of countries and faith traditions in October. Fall speakers include the Dalai Lama and Oscar Arias, twice-elected Costa Rica president, both Nobel laureates, among other speakers.


 

Date: 2015-04-22
Title: Dances of Universal Peace Set for April 30,” Newberg Graphic/Paplin Media Group Portland, OR
Details: As a big believer in the interfaith movement, Newberg First United Methodist Church Pastor Bob Flaherty first encountered Dances of Universal Peace at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain, in 2004.Prior to serving as pastor in Newberg, Flaherty occasionally participated in the dance circles, which blend chants and sayings from various faith traditions with simple movements, in Portland.Earlier this year, Flaherty invited a couple members of the congregation to join him at one and he was pleasantly surprised that they took him up on the offer.


 

Date: 2015-04-03
Title: Pew Report: The Future of World Religions and the Future of the World”, Huffington Post Religion Blog
Details: “The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing...” according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.I sometimes think there is so much information coming at us these days, we miss many important things. I can think of few things more important, however, than this report and what it means for the future of humanity.A few of the highlights from the report:


 

Date: 2015-02-24
Title: Utah lawmakers show support for Parliament of the World’s Religions”, KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday to express state support for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.Thousands of people from many nationalities and religions from around the world will gather in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in October. HCR4expresses official support for the event from the Legislature and the governor.“This resolution recognizes the importance of Parliament of the World's Religions as an international conference to find common ground between faiths,” said resolution sponsor Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City. "The state of Utah will be in the international spotlight as we host the Dalai Lama, several other Nobel Peace Prize winners, and religious dignitaries.”


 

Date: 2015-02-23
Title: Sitting in the Fire of “WorldWork”,” Nature’s Path Blog on Patheos
Details: This year several of us in CUUPS and in the larger Pagan community are participating in the Parliament of the World Religions. This year’s Parliament will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently, there will be an estimated 10,000 people from a variety of religious communities in attendance learning from one another.The Parliament first met in 1893 with participants from eastern and western spiritual traditions and became the birth of interreligious dialogue as a worldwide conversation. Pagan, indigenous religions and nature-centered religions were not included and were seen as primitive. The Parliament was to meet again one hundred years later in Chicago in1993. At that time those not previously welcome attended and have been present at every Parliament since that time. I attended Parliament the first time in 2004 in Barcelona, Spain. It was an experience that changed me forever.


 

Date: 2015-02-23
Title: “Utah lawmakers show support for Parliament of the World’s Religions” Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday to express state support for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.Thousands of people from many nationalities and religions from around the world will gather in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in October. HCR4 expresses official support for the event from the Legislature and the governor.“This resolution recognizes the importance of Parliament of the World's Religions as an international conference to find common ground between faiths,” said resolution sponsor Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City. "The state of Utah will be in the international spotlight as we host the Dalai Lama, several other Nobel Peace Prize winners, and religious dignitaries.”