Parliament of the World's Religions E-Newsletter Archive 2010

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Date: 2010-12-22
Title: Eblast - "There are lots of reasons to support the Council right now. I'm one of them."
Details My name is Sharad Creasman. Just one year ago, I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne; the memory of that week is with me still. Those of you who have been to a Parliament know what the experience is like. For those who have yet to come, I can only tell you that it's something you will never forget. I am writing to you now to ask you to help ensure that people like me, who would not otherwise have been able to attend this past Parliament, are able to attend future Parliaments. I am writing, in other words, to ask you to provide generous financial support to the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.


Date: 2010-12-15
Title: Eblast - An Appeal from Dirk Ficca
Details As we near the end of 2010 and mark with a great sense of accomplishment the one-year anniversary of the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, we continue to find ourselves living under the terms of the legendary Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." And, for better or worse, ours are certainly interesting times.  But our goal is to make them more than interesting, but also fruitful.  And we're succeeding!  In addition to the Parliament, the Council launched a number of meaningful initiatives to promote interreligious cooperation, address religious conflict and perhaps most exciting of all, partner with like-minded organizations who are equally committed to the cause of religious and spiritual harmony and understanding. Every day, we are reminded by others of the value of the work we do in virtually every corner of the globe. This is immensely satisfying to us as well as to those to whom we reach out.


Date: 2010-11-10
Title: Newsletter - Karen Armstrong: Compassion in Action
Details Karen Armstrong spoke this past month at a special gathering hosted by the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions in Palo Alto, California. The celebrated author and founder of the Charter for Compassion discussed the ethos of compassion and the work of the Charter. "Compassion is not just an attitude of sloppy benevolence, it requires practical action. It requires a sense of responsibility," said Armstrong. "It's not an impractical dream. It's a necessity for our survival. We have to treat people, whoever they are, with respect."


Date: 2010-11-05
Title: Eblast - Special Invitation to Interfaith Forum: Peace Through Service
Details Please be prepared to take off your shoes, cover your head, and refrain from smoking on the premises.


Date: 2010-10-11
Title: Newsletter - On Religious Freedom
Details If America was founded on religious freedom, New York City has stood as a beacon of hope for religious communities across the world. Yet, many New Yorkers are concerned that dissident voices could disrupt the interdependence that brings religious communities together because of the issue surrounding Park51. In response, Religious Freedom USA was founded, which is a network of religious leaders in support of religious freedom, no matter where or who in America. 


Date: 2010-09-21
Title: Eblast - Welcome Peace Cities
Details The Partner Cities Network of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is pleased to announce the launch of Peace Cities.  The launch is being held in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, 2010.  Peace Cities is a city-to-city interfaith networking opportunity for self-organized grassroots interfaith groups, made available through the Council's very own social networking site  Over 70 international cities are being awarded this designation in recognition of the outstanding organizing efforts of their local interfaith communities. Because of your city's' partnership with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, your city is being designated as a Peace City.  An official press release for your city will be sent to you during the week-long celebration of events occurring around the UN International Day of Peace.  We invite you to share this good news with all your constituents and especially those who attended your local Parliament of Religions-related events in the last few years. 


Date: 2010-09-10
Title: Eblast - Act For Peace
Details The Partner Cities Network of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions invites you to be a part of PeaceWeek.  A co-production of The Shift Network and The Peace Alliance, PeaceWeek will be held in conjunction with the UN International Day of Peace on September 21. The conference will feature over 50 leading international peacebuilders, pioneers, and innovators, and offer opportunities for participants to learn and dialogue with each other. PeaceWeek will unite peace leaders from around the world together for the largest virtual peace summit ever formed. The featured participants will address issues such as personal peace practices, global hotspots, social justice, and the economics of peace. The event will also host a Peace Day Council with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers on a mission of peace. 


Date: 2010-09-02
Title: Eblast - A Call for Solidarity on 9/11
Details As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, there are competing views about the meaning of these tragic events.Across the interreligious movement, there is deep distress about the intentions of some to identify the Muslim tradition, and the Muslim community, as the villains, rather than a few radical individuals. Unfortunately, too many in the United States know little about the true aims of Islam, nor do they know that Islam is fundamentally a religion of peace and human solidarity and that the majority of Muslims around the world are peace-loving citizens who unequivocally condemn terrorism in the name of religion.Regrettably, recent opposition to the building of mosques and community centers in several cities has led to violence against Muslims and the desecration of their sacred texts. Burning that which others hold sacred is an act calculated to spark anger and fuel violence.  We believe that such actions are unworthy of our nation and stand outside the shared values of our traditions which call for mutual respect and harmony.


Date: 2010-09-09
Title: Newsletter - An Interview with Rabbi Or Rose
Details:  CPWR: How did you become involved with the interreligious movement and why do you believe, as a Rabbi, it is important to stay committed to this work? OR: My involvement with the interfaith movement began with my family. I am blessed to come from a family in which both my mother and father were deeply engaged with interfaith efforts as far back as I can remember. Among the many things I value about my parents was their ability to communicate to my siblings and me a great love for Judaism and an openness to learning from people from different religious backgrounds. read more...


Date: 2010-08-02
Title:Newsletter - A Call for a New Interfaith Agenda by Katherine Marshall
Details My organization, the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), focused at the Parliament, from start to finish, on orchestrating a complex poverty and equity seminar that involved over twenty distinct events. We emerged with a hope that these many different encounters and exchanges did serve an important purpose: to bring a far wider group of religious communities into the global debates about poverty and equity, and to enhance the commitments of leaders and communities to act.


Date: 2010-07-09
Title:Newsletter - Exclusive Interview: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Speaks with the Council
Details In the face of great personal risk, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi founded the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1995, eventually establishing 80 underground schools and educating 3,000 women and girls, defying Taliban rule. Today, AIL educates over 350,000 women and children every year and has reached over one million people. Click here to read the interview in its entirety.


Date: 2010-06-03
Title: Newsletter - Chicago Hosts 2014 Parliament Bid Teams
Details The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions may still be fresh in our memories, but planning for the 2014 Parliament of the World’s Religions is already well underway. Recently, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) announced the three participating bid cities as Brussels, Belgium; Dallas, Texas, USA; and Guadalajara, Mexico. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was present throughout the bidding process to audit.

All three cities’ Bid Teams participated in a Partnership Conference in Chicago, Illinois from May 16-20, 2010. At the Partnership Conference, delegates were briefed on the CPWR’s requirements for the site selection process and the Parliament event. Statistical and financial information from the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, Australia was made available to the bid cities who have to submit their final written proposal to the Council by August 1, 2010. After reviewing the proposals and conducting host site visits, the CPWR will make its final selection for the 2014 host city in March 2011. The 2014 host city will be publicly announced in October 2011. Read More...


Date: 2010-06-01
Title: Eblast - Chicago Event: Engaging Religious Communities Abroad
Details June 4, 2010 marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s speech at Cairo University, during which he outlined a path toward “a new beginning” with Muslim communities around the world. During his speech the President recognized the importance of engaging not only with governments but with economically and politically influential sectors of societies, including Muslim communities. It follows that the next steps will include a strategy to engage religious communities of all faiths in addressing pressing foreign policy challenges, and to build the institutional capacity to support it. The Chicago Council is particularly interested in the Administration’s follow-up to the Cairo speech given our recent task force report, Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy, which outlines specific policy recommendations towards such a strategy. Join us for an important conversation that will serve as both a one-year anniversary review of President Obama’s speech in Cairo and the Chicago presentation of The Chicago Council’s task force report. 


Date: 2010-05-12
Title: Newsletter - Desmond Tutu to Address 2014 Bid Cities
Details From May 16 – 20, representatives from five international cities will gather in Chicago to learn more about hosting the 2014 Parliament. The meeting will take place at the Palmer House Hilton, site of the centennial 1993 Parliament and steps from the site of the inaugural Parliament of 1893 which launched the worldwide interreligious movement. Much to our delight, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will personally address city representatives via live-stream video from the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative’s 10th Anniversary Celebration held in honor of the decade anniversary 1999 Parliament of Religions. Archbishop Tutu will share the meaningful legacy of the 1999 Cape Town Parliament as well as the critical importance of the Parliament of World Religions. 


Date: 2010-04-07
Title: Newsletter - Voices from Melbourne
Details "Interfaith dialogue for its own sake may have been novel 100 years ago, or even 20 years ago, but my generation have done it all our lives....  We need a way to translate our shared progressive values from our multiple faith traditions into political and social action.  We need the Parliament to help organize religious practitioners committed to the same issues into global grassroots movements that apply real political pressure." –Valerie Kaur, Writer/Producer of Divided We Fall (2008)


Date: 2010-03-19
Title: Newsletter - 2009 Parliament Bridges the World
Details In his speech at the 2009 Parliament, His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged us to be people of action. I couldn’t agree more. Today, I am pleased to share how both the Parliament’s physical and virtual networks continue to support the work of the interreligious movement. Our Partner Cities initiative represents our physical network— an international grassroots movement enabling people from around the world to develop interreligious relations and determine their preferred agendas for advocacy and action in their own communities.