In-between our large international convenings, the Parliament has been staying active in the interfaith world, advancing our mission of creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Among these projects are our Climate Commitments Project, World Interfaith Harmony Week Initiative, Weekly Interfaith Newsletters, and Site Selection for the next Parliament. We wanted to share with you everything we have been up to since Toronto, and how you can get involved.
Our Climate Commitments Project launched in 2018. Though sustainability has always been a priority for the Parliament, in the last year it has become central to the Parliament programming. The Climate Commitments Project is a resource for faith-based or interfaith groups who focus on climate action to connect with each other and learn about work that is going on all over the world. They bring together groups from a diverse range of religious backgrounds and climate priorities in order to allow them to better work together.
In May of 2019, the Climate Commitments Project launched the Climate Commitments Hub, which utilizes mapping technology and a social platform to connect faith-based and interfaith climate organizations to each other.
Each year in the first week of the month of February, the Parliament celebrates the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Beginning in 2019, we began providing resources and tools to everyone in our network on how to get involved in the global celebration of interfaith harmony. We provide tools on how to host a World Interfaith Harmony Week event for any size organization, or even an individual. Celebrating interfaith harmony is all about celebrating the differences and diversity in our own communities. Whether you had 10 or 1,000 people attend your event, the celebration of interfaith harmony is what is most important.
Not only is there a global celebration, but the events that most successfully embody the interfaith celebration are awarded a prize from the King of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II. We help our partners and people in our network prepare competitive events for this award. We host webinars with representatives from the World Interfaith Harmony Week organization, past winners of the award, and other interfaith partners to help our network host the most effective interfaith events.
On a weekly basis, we bring you news from our partners and from the interfaith world. Stay up to date on conferences, webinars, opportunities to get involved, and some of the “good news” from the interfaith movement.
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"I started working at the Parliament in July of 2015 as the Women's Task Force Assistant, months before the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions hosted in Salt Lake City. Since then I've had the amazing opportunities that have allowed me to learn and appreciate the amazing interfaith work being done by interfaith organizers from around the world.
For the past few months, I've served as a program officer managing the Parliament's World Interfaith Harmony Week program and our weekly newsletter. I believe that the Parliament is an incredibly vital platform that amplifies the work of grassroots organizers within the interfaith movement and our organization for the betterment of our world."
"My time with the Parliament began in August of 2018 right before the Parliament in Toronto. I had the privilege of working with the Parliament’s dedicated team to bring together the weeklong event in Toronto. As we transition from an organization that only convenes every few years to an organization that serves as a network for interfaith individuals, I help find dedicated partners, donors, members, and grantors to support the work of the Parliament.
The Parliament does amazing work, and I chose to work at the Parliament because of the important work they are doing for interfaith dialogue and tolerance around the world. The world needs an organization like the Parliament now, more than ever to promote peace, justice, and sustainability among all peoples."
If you’re looking for a way to be more involved in the Parliament, consider our new and improved membership program! We will be launching our member hub in June 2019. It will feature exclusive footage from previous Parliaments, members-only resources, a member directory, and more!
If you are eager to put a face to all of these projects, take a look below to meet our staff behind the projects, and find out why they support the Parliament!