Among Friends: Part 1

March 10, 2018

Friends and To-Be-Friends of the Parliament of the World’s Religions:
Over the coming months, I’ll be sharing some hopes and dreams, some thoughts and observations, and lots of information about the event that takes place in Toronto on November 1-7, this year.
It will be, at least initially, just one perspective. But I don’t want to keep it that way. I’ll be inviting your questions and responses.
So here goes…
PARLIAMENT
We’re convening a “Parliament” – the seventh in our 125-year history – and inviting you to it. But not in the usual and contemporary meaning of that word (i.e., as a legislative body or a building). It’s the core meaning of the word we have in mind: to speak and listen for the sake of understanding and action. As the Oxford English Dictionary has it: a spell or bout of speaking, a colloquy, a consultation, a formal conference or council for the discussion of some matter or matters of general importance. We’re inviting you to that kind of Parliament.
-Larry


Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.


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