Parliament of the World's Religions E-Newsletter Archive 2019


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Date: 2019-10-03
Title: Eblast - UN Environment Awards, Climate Webinar, Religica & More PoWR Updates

DetailsThe Parliament of the World's Religions is joining the Security and Sustainability Forum to co-host a special webinar on Tuesday, October 15th focused on energy transition.

Tools to Guide Congregations and Communities Through the Energy Transition will introduce The Sustainability Education and Energy Knowledge-sharing (SEEK) Project, an action research project of the Spirituality and Sustainability Initiative at ASU, and demonstrate the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Congregations program.


Date: 2019-09-26
Title: Eblast - Faiths for Forests, A Call to Peace, Religica & More PoWR Updates

DetailsThe Parliament of the World's Religions joins our partners from Religions for Peace, Green Faith, Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative, Regnskogfondet, UN Environment, World Council of Churches, and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology in support of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative's Faith for Forests campaign.

Faiths for Forests is a global call to action to all faith-based organizations, networks and places of worship around the world to join the movement to end the destruction of the planet’s rainforests and advocate for climate justice.


Date: 2019-09-19
Title: Eblast - Sharing Hospitality, World Peace Summit, Religica & More PoWR Updates

DetailsMany who have had the opportunity to attend a Langar (a Sikh word for “open kitchen) surely have fond memories of the incredible hospitality they experienced.

The one Langar memory that stays with me from the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto was that there was no single Sikh organization or individual visibly running the show – it was a collaborative Sikh community effort. While inside the Langar venue, it felt like a stream flowing through a meadow – slowly and steadily moving along naturally at its own pace.


Date: 2019-09-12
Title: Eblast - A Vision of Interfaith Cooperation, Religica & More PoWR Updates

DetailsDr. Charles Ian McNeill serves as the Senior Advisor on Forests & Climate for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) where he oversees the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and forest and climate policy.

At the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace hosted in Germany this past August, Dr. McNeill addressed hundreds of religious leaders and shared a powerful vision for interfaith cooperation on climate.


Date: 2019-09-05
Title: Eblast -
Climate WebForum Features & More PoWR Updates
DetailsWhat is the relation of Yoga to the climate emergency and climate action? Ethically the connection is deep and strong. The philosophies that frame Yoga affirm the unity of existence and hold that all living beings are interrelated as they share an inner nature, which is their real nature. This is called the jīva, the Buddha-nature or the soul or self – the ātman – and has divine attributes of consciousness and bliss.


Date: 2019-08-29
Title: Eblast -
68th Annual UN Civil Society Conference, Religica & More PoWR Updates
DetailsThe host of the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions Utah, USA welcomed the 68th Annual United Nations Civil Society Conference from Monday, August 26th to Wednesday, August 28th. This marks the first time the UN conference has been hosted in the continental United States outside of New York City, the home of the United Nations.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions joined representatives of civil society from around the world, and senior UN officials, to discuss a wide range of solutions to the challenges of urban life and the modern world. 


Date: 2019-08-22
Title: Eblast - RFP Convenes Historic 10th World Assembly & More PoWR Updates

DetailsThe RPF’s 10th World Assembly is taking place in Lindau, Bavaria, Germany from August 20th-24th on the theme of  “Caring for our Common Future ̶ Advancing Shared Well-being.” Some 800 senior religious leaders, youth and women of faith from over 100 countries are joined by 100 representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society groups to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good. 


Date: 2019-08-15
Title: Eblast - Special #ThrowBackTuesday Feature, Eid Mubarak Celebration & More PoWR Updates

DetailsFrom September 11, 2018 to September 10, 2019, the Parliament is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the 1893 Parliament and our history in the global interfaith movement.


Date: 2019-08-08
Title: Eblast -
A Call to Harmony, Religica & More PoWR Updates
DetailsThe Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns the domestic terrorist attacks carried out against the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio communities earlier this week and stands with the victims and families grappling with the tragedy.

These and the 200+ plus mass shootings that have taken place so far this year in the United States are a devastating reminder that white supremacy and the radicalization of members of our communities are a grave reality.


Date: 2019-08-01
Title: Eblast -
The Annual Kofi Annan Briefings, Religica & More
DetailsOn Monday July 15th, 2019 the UN Task Force on Religion and Development and the Multi-Faith Advisory Council (CA) gathered for the Annual Kofi Annan Faith Briefings in New York. 

The Parliament was invited to participate in the panel discussion entitled Role of Multi-Faith Partnerships to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts, which highlighted climate programs and initiatives from key interfaith organizations. The Parliament's presentation featured an overview of the Climate Commitments Project.


Date: 2019-07-25
Title: Eblast -
The Work of the Global Climate Movement, Religica & More
DetailsChristiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. At the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, her outstanding commitment to climate action was recognized by the 2018 Award committee with the Parliament’s Ecological Flourishing Award, which honors an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced the Earth's sustainability.


Date: 2019-07-18
Title: Eblast - The Importance of Trust, Community & Action, Religica & More PoWR Updates

DetailsThis past June, thousands of interfaith activists from around the world enjoyed access to the programming in person and via livestream of URI's Accelerate Peace Conference. Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa, represented the Parliament of the World’s Religions and joined leaders from key international interfaith organizations in a lively discussion on interfaith action and its role in global peacebuilding.


Date: 2019-07-11
Title: Eblast - G20 Interfaith Forum, Highlights from IRI, Religica & More PoWR Updates

Details: The Parliament of the World's Religions is a proud partner of interfaith initiatives around the world.

On this week's newsletter we are excited to share brief updates from our participation in the G2o Interfaith Forum this past June and a brief overview of the work being carried out by our partners at the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.


Date: 2019-07-04
Title: Eblast
Special Highlight from Voices of PoWR, Religica & More PoWR Updates
DetailsOn this feature of Highlights & Reflections from Voices of PoWR, we are excited to share the the text and accompanying images from the presentation made by Hugh Locke on November 3rd, 2018 in Toronto as part of the programming for the 2018 Parliament entitled, Half the Sky, Half the Land: The Role of Women Farmers in Transforming Global Agriculture.


Date: 2019-06-27
Title: Eblast - 
Commitment to Nuclear Disarmament, Membership Launch & More PoWR Updates 
DetailsOur work, and the work of the interfaith movement, toward a commitment to having a safe, nuclear weapons-free world continues. On June 14, 2019 Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa met with Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima, and Ms. Yasco Suehiro,  Director of Mayors for Peace, to continue the conversation on how to move the world forward on nuclear disarmament.


Date: 2019-06-20
Title: Eblast - 
A Special Feature, Laudato si' Webinar Recording, Religica & More PoWR Updates
DetailsOn that Easter Sunday, I heard breaking news of the tragic bombings of Christian churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that were being reported as co-ordinated attacks. My heart sank and I was filled with sadness. How the people of Sri Lanka suffered, having endured a lengthy, 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. Finally at peace within itself, the country was busily ramping up its tourist industry, rebuilding, and hopeful of bringing prosperity to the people who endured great distress during the war...


Date: 2019-06-13
Title: Eblast - 
Paul Carus Award Winner Soraya Deen, Laudato si' Webinar, & More
DetailsThe first topic in PWR's Climate Action WebForum focuses on Juliana vs United States, the historic Youth Climate Suit currently proceeding through the federal court system in the U. S. Please visit the WebForum to read and comment on the feature essay about this landmark case. We invite you to help start an online conversation and send us any questions you'd like to see discussed. 


Date: 2019-06-06
Title: Eblast - 
The Faith and Climate Webinar Series, A World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Religica & More
DetailsTuesday, June 2nd the Parliament of the World's Religions and the Security and Sustainability Forum hosted the first webinar of the Faith and Climate Webinar Series, sponsored by the Hanley Foundation.


Date: 2019-05-30
Title: Eblast - 
Join the Conversation on the Climate Action WebForum, Upcoming Events
DetailsThe first topic in PWR's Climate Action WebForum focuses on Juliana vs United States, the historic Youth Climate Suit currently proceeding through the federal court system in the U. S. Please visit the WebForum to read and comment on the feature essay about this landmark case. We invite you to help start an online conversation and send us any questions you'd like to see discussed. 


Date: 2019-05-23
Title: Eblast - 
URI's Accelerate Peace Conference, UN Vesak 2019 & More PoWR Updates
DetailsUnited Religions Initiative (URI) is a partner of the Parliament of the World’s Religions within the interfaith movement and in the pursuit of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

We are delighted to learn that URI will be hosting the international conference titled Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding, June 26-27, 2019 at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus.

Parliament Chair, Audrey E. Kitagawa, will join the conference as a key panelists on Wednesday, June 26th and share the stage along with Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Radia Bakkouch, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, Michael G. Pappas and Rev. Victor Kazanjian in the program Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action.


Date: 2019-05-16
Title: Eblast - 
PoWR Updates: Join Our Upcoming Faith and Climate Webinar Series & More
DetailsThe Climate Action Program at the Parliament of the World's Religions invites you to join them for their upcoming webinar series, Faith and Climate Webinar Series, and the launch of their Climate Action WebForum.

Faith and Climate Webinar Series

The Parliament's Climate Action Program and the Security and Sustainability Forum are working together to produce a new webinar series early next month. 


Date: 2019-05-09
Title: Eblast - 
Facilitating the Fight Against Climate Change & More PoWR Updates
DetailsThe Parliament of the World’s Religions is thrilled to announce the launch of the Climate Commitments Project. This web-based resource is the virtual face of the Climate Commitments Project, our effort to coordinate and strengthen interfaith and faith-based climate action campaigns.

The Climate Commitments Project recognizes that religious and spiritual leaders from every corner of the globe have acknowledged the science of climate change and confirmed our moral obligation to protect this planet. In translating these words into action, individual faith communities have made great strides in carbon footprint reduction and climate change mitigation. But they cannot succeed in a vacuum. Our strength is in our numbers. The Parliament’s Climate Commitments Project Web Hub provides a forum for connecting, collaborating, and sharing resources.


Date: 2019-05-02
Title: Eblast - 
The Compelling Role of Faith in a Just Immigration System & More PoWR Updates
DetailsJustin Remer-Thamert is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Liaison to faith communities and allied organizations, Justin helps develop leadership within the organization, supports the leaders in carrying out their projects, gives sermons and presentations regularly, and does intakes for direct service families and individuals.

At the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Justin was recognized with the Parliament of the World's Religions Justice Award which honors an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced justice in the world. As you will learn today, Justin’s commitment to immigrant justice issues are truly making a difference in his community and in the world.


Date: 2019-04-25
Title: Eblast - Prayers for the City Lead to 1st Place Recognition & More PoWR Updates
Details: The Cape Town Interfaith Initiative has a special connection to the Parliament of the World’s Religions. By their own records, CTII was born out of the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted in Cape Town which brought together more than 7000 global interfaith activists. At the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, delegates of CTII were presented with an official plaque as Cape Town was initiated into the Parliament’s Partner Cities network.

We were especially excited to learn that their event Love of Neighbour - our Prayers for our City was selected by the World Interfaith Harmony Week Initiative for H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.


Date: 2019-04-22
Title: Statement - 
Standing with the Sri Lankan Community
DetailsThe Parliament of the World’s Religions extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the bombing attacks that occurred this past Easter in Sri Lanka. Churches offering Easter services and a number of hotels were targeted in the attacks.

We condemn these and all acts of terrorism against all peoples.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is committed to a culture of non-violence and respect for life, as agreed upon on our signature documentTowards A Global Ethic. The violation of life committed in these attacks is abhorrent and we call upon peoples of faith and conscience to come together and stand with the Christian community and all victims of these heinous attacks in Sri Lanka and around the world.


Date: 2019-04-18
Title:
Eblast - Lessons from URI Brasília & More PoWR Updates
DetailsWe connected with the 2019 winners of H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize and will be bringing you special interviews with the event organizers where they share about their on-going work and their experiences in observing World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Today we are excited to highlight the work of URI Brasília Cooperation Circle and our friends from United Religions Initiative (URI). Elianildo Nascimento, the founder of URI Brasília, traveled to Jordan to receive the WIHW Prize this week. Salette Aquino, a colleague of Mr. Nascimento, was kind enough to share details on the Circle’s work and experience with UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.


Date: 2019-04-11
Title: Eblast - Planting a Million Trees, The Path Toward Peace in Nigeria & More PoWR Updates
Details: Commemorating the 550th  year since the birth of the Sikh religion’s founder Siri Guru Nanak Sahib, the global community of Sikhs has begun a mission to plant a million trees as “a gift to the planet.” The project is already well underway, with tens of thousands of trees planted in South Asia, where Sikhs intend to plant 550 saplings in every village in the north Indian state of Punjab.

Sikhs in the United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia, and the United States have also taken on the challenge, with plans to plant trees on school grounds, as well in as parks and recreation areas.


Date: 2019-04-04
Title: Eblast - 
PoWR Update: A Special Feature From Our Ally at Religica
DetailsSuprapto and his wife Kartini were Javanese Christians who moved into a neighborhood in Jakarta where all of the other residents were followers of Indonesia’s majority religion. Wanting to become friends with her neighbors, Kartini baked cakes and took them to the families on either side of their tiny house. But their gifts were thrown onto garbage heaps at the edge of the dirt path, accompanied by ugly words of rejection and dismissal.


Date: 2019-03-28
Title: Eblast - 
#ThrowbackThursday: The Interfaith Family Festival & More PoWR Updates
DetailsThe 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto marked many firsts and one of the most exciting new elements was the introduction of The Interfaith Family Festival, which for the very first time brought interfaith programming and education for families and kids of all ages to the convention halls. The Parliament commissioned Spiritual Playdate to deliver 5 days of fun, interactive and uplifting programming for littles, middle schoolers, tweens, teens, parents, and grandparents, to all enjoy together.

Enjoy memories from the Interfaith Family Festival at the Parliament!


Date: 2019-03-21
Title: Eblast - PoWR Update: UN Environment Assembly & More
Details: As a newly accredited organization to UN Environment, the Parliament of the World’s Religions was invited to attend the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. Understanding these challenges and preserving and rehabilitating our environment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Date: 2019-03-15
Title: Eblast - 
Standing with the Christchurch Community & Our Muslim Family Around the World
DetailsThe Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns this attack against peoples of faith, the growing Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy sentiments that are spreading throughout the world.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns this attack against peoples of faith, the growing Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy sentiments that are spreading throughout the world. The Parliament is committed to combatting hate and violence in our communities and stand firmly committed to interfaith cooperation, engagement, and understanding.

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the victims and their families of this horrific attack.


Date: 2019-03-14
Title: Eblast - 
#ThrowBackThursday to the 2018 Parliament, Religica & More
DetailsThe 2018 Parliament in Toronto was hosted 127 days ago and this #ThrowBackThursday we are excited to share two reflections from voices of PoWR at the Parliament of the World's Religions. 

We hope you enjoy reading about these life-changing experiences as much as we did.


Date: 2019-03-07
Title: Eblast - 
Celebrating Women's History Month with the Interfaith Movement & More PoWR Updates
DetailsAt the Parliament of the World's Religions, we invite interfaith colleagues around the world to join the global celebration in observance of Women's History Month andInternational Women's Day.

We celebrate the role of women within the interfaith movement and at the Parliament of the World's Religions.


Date: 2019-03-06
Title: Eblast -
 The 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration is Coming to a Close!
DetailsMarch 7, 2019 marks the final day to submit event reports for the 2019 observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW). Our friends at the World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative will begin the process of selecting the winners for The H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.

If you participated in World Interfaith Harmony Week the deadline for submission is March 7. Feel free to look through past events to see what was submitted.


Date: 2019-02-28
Title: Eblast - 
PoWR Update: The Climate Commitments Project Web Hub, Religica & More
DetailsAt the Parliament of the World's Religions, sustainability and concern for the environment – including climate change – have been integral to our mission since our founding.

For close to a year, the Parliament team under the leadership of our Climate Action Task Force and Director of Climate Action, Joshua Basofin, has been developing the Climate Commitments Project. This is a new effort within Parliament's Climate Action Program to coordinate and strengthen interfaith and faith-based climate commitment campaigns.


Date: 2019-02-21
Title: Eblast -
 PoWR Update: What's At Stake in Interfaith Gatherings, The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative...
Details"But what’s at stake in these gatherings? What’s at stake for our gathering here this morning?

Is it just to be nourished together with food and conversation? Is it just to widen our circle of friendships? Is it just to commemorate our past and celebrate what is happening now as a result of that past? Or is something more at stake?

I want to propose that something greater is at stake for both religions and the world in which they are a part if it is the case that the fundamental nature of reality is interconnectedness, is interrelatedness, is the interdependence of all things, including religion and spirituality, is harmony in all of its complex and ever-changing possibilities.


Date: 2019-02-20
Title: Eblast - 
Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
DetailsWelcome to the global faith-based movement to protect rainforests

We are focused on rainforests because they represent the very best of the planet’s beauty, supporting life and providing billions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water. They are also among the best climate solutions we have.

 


Date: 2019-02-14
Title: Eblast - 
#ReclaimLove with Our Partners at Revolutionary Love, Tune In to the Latest...
DetailsAt the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, the theme of  The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change was a global call to action to foster a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. One of the loudest calls to action came from Parliament keynote Valarie Kaur on the ethic of Revolutionary Love. 


Date: 2019-02-07
Title: Eblast - 
PoWR Update: The Latest From Religica, On Winning WIHW and More!
DetailsOn this first week of February, the global interfaith movement celebrates the official United Nations observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week. February 7th marks the end of the UN celebration, however, the World Interfaith Harmony Weekinitiative continues the celebration for the entire month of February. Any event celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week that is held before March 3rd and has registered with WIHW is qualified to apply for HH King Abdullah II of Jordan World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.


Date: 2019-02-01
Title: Eblast - 
Happy 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week!
DetailsOn behalf of the Parliament of the World's Religions, we wish our interfaith colleagues around the world a happy 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week!

May this global celebration continue to cultivate harmony and provide a platform where interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement we are.


Date: 2019-01-24
Title: Eblast - 
How to Talk About Climate (& A Special Announcement...)
DetailsThe Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force is proud to announce the recent acceptance of the PoWR to the network of Civil Society Organizations affiliated to the United Nations Environment Program. 

In this role, the PoWR gains observer status to UN Environment Assembly and its subsidiary bodies. 


Date: 2019-01-17
Title: Eblast - 
It's About Time for Religica
Details: Every attendee Today the Parliament of the World's Religions is pleased to celebrate the public launch of a new PWR-allied organization: Religica.

Developed for a broad audience, Religica was created by Parliament of the World's Religions Trustee and Board Secretary Dr. Michael D. Trice and allies to produce original videos, podcasts, learning guides and articles. These works arise from a commitment to illuminating how faith and spiritual traditions are a force for good throughout the world, and promise to spark new and wondrous journeys for audiences across religious and interfaith movements. 


Date: 2019-01-11
Title: Eblast - 
Celebrate 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week with PoWR
DetailsEach year, the Parliament of the World's Religions joins with institutions, cities, and grassroots organizers around the world in celebrating the United Nations observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week during first seven days of February. 

For one week each year— World Interfaith Harmony Week mobilizes interfaith groups and peoples of goodwill to celebrate the beauty of the world when neighbors of diverse religious and spiritual traditions come together to understand, support, and uplift one another. 


Date: 2019-01-01
Title: Eblast - 
Happy New Year!
DetailsWe welcome in the New Year with hopes and aspirations for a future filled with peace, harmony and goodwill among all of the people of the world and an end to the deepening environmental crises. Since more than 80 percent of the world’s population adheres to some faith tradition, these communities are crucial agents of transformation for global, family and individual peace-and peace and healing of the whole Earth community.