On March 16th, 2021 the Parliament of the World's Religions announced that the 8th Parliament of the World's Religions will be hosted, for the first time, virtually this Fall bringing together people of faith from around the world in an instant on October 17th and 18th.
After much consideration and reviewing the safety standards established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parliament's Site Selection Committee determined that the organization could not guarantee mental and physical safety in a physical event and the Parliament convening is too important to put off. There is no better time than 2021 to bring people of diverse faith and spirituality together to bring about a better world.
After exploring the advantages of virtual platforms, the Parliament decided that by allowing attendants to come to the Parliament of the World's Religions through the click of a button in their homes and offices around the world, we could bring voices that may not have ever had a chance to come before. Think of the possibilities!
We believe that all Parliaments in the future will include some virtual element to them, even when we return to meeting in a city conference center. This is just the beginning!