FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS OPENS BIDDING FOR GLOBAL CITIES TO HOST FUTURE MEETINGS OF WORLD’S PREMIER INTERFAITH CONVENTION
• Largest, Most Diverse and Inclusive Interfaith Event Seeks Hosts for 8th and Future Convenings
• Global Week-long Gatherings Advance Movements for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
CHICAGO, USA - (January 7, 2018) - The Parliament of the World’s Religions — the world’s premier convener of the global interfaith movement — is today announcing the opening of a bid process for global cities to pursue hosting future global Parliament conferences that will bring thousands of the world’s most dedicated advocates of peace, justice and sustainability to their city.
Hosts of the 8th, 9th and subsequent Parliaments of the World’s Religions international events will welcome globally-recognized figures in spiritual and civic institutions, up to 10,000 visitors, and experience an inflow of millions of dollars in revenue for the local economy, over the span of a week of activities in their city.
Site selection committee Chair of the Parliament Board of Trustees Andras Corban Arthen says that future Parliaments will meet in three-year intervals “to keep pace with the fast-developing interfaith movement around the world,” bringing the event to a new nation in 2021 following the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions, being held later this year between November 1 - 7, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. .
With a 125-year history, the Parliament of the World’s Religions creates the opportunity for people of faith and conscience from around the world to assemble and to hear from wisdom leaders, which in the past have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Nelson Mandela, President Jimmy Carter, and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall.
More than 50,000 participants of 200 unique spiritual backgrounds have traveled from more than 80 nations around the world to past Parliament conferences, bringing their attention and action together to dialogue, forge solutions and build networks of action.
Open to anyone interested in experiencing a fresh and sometimes boundary-pushing multi-faith encounter, the Parliament leaves a lasting legacy of cooperation in its hosting cities and changes the lives of all who are drawn into attendance— this extends into the spheres that are also represented in the Parliament, including academia, government, media, business, NGO leadership and grassroots activism.
Executive Director Larry Greenfield says, “every city has its distinct identity and, at the same time, every city reveals the challenges and opportunities of all metropolitan areas across the earth. That only increases when a city hosts a global gathering of people of many faiths and cultures but united in a pursuit of justice, peace, and sustainability. Welcoming the world to a city for a Parliament is serving all of humankind.”
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago first established an international forum for dialogue between religions of the East and West, modern Parliaments have been held in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004) Melbourne (2009) and most recently in Salt Lake City (2015). Traditionally, the Parliament events last for 7 days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops and dialogues, alongside music, dance, artistic exhibitions and related events hosted by religious communities and cultural institutions.
Interested tourism bureaus, advocacy organizations and government offices are encouraged to procure the request for proposals at ParliamentOfReligions.org/FutureSites and email futuresites@ParliamentOfReligions.org to learn about partnering with PWR in a cooperative process of funding, producing and hosting the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an international, non-sectarian, non-profit organization, established in 1988 to host the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The international office of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Its periodic Parliaments and ongoing initiatives cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and fosters engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
For more information on the process of selecting the next Parliament of the World's Religions Host City, please consult this notice from Site Selection Committee Chair Andras Corban Arthen or continue reading below.