Among Friends: Part 2 (From Toronto)

Written by Dr. Larry Greenfield
March 15, 2018

Pictured above are just some of the friends in Ontario, Canada who are ready to greet and treat you on November 1-7 for the seventh convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
The photo was taken this past Monday when the Board of Trustees and Staff of the Parliament met with partners in Toronto to advance the plans for the event. Included were religious leaders from diverse traditions, civic and political leaders, scholars and activists, artists and folks from the professions and corporate world. Toronto is recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world. So, when you arrive for the Parliament, you’ll both feel right at home and ready to engage the whole world!
– Larry
Learn More About the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
​The Parliament of the World’s Religions is calling for persons of faith and conscience across the globe to attend its 7th international convening taking place in Toronto, Ontario, November 1- 7, 2018!
Theme: “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change”
Subthemes:

Women’s Dignity Across the World’s Wisdom Traditions & Society – Organized by the Women’s Task Force
Interfaith Has No Age • Youth Voices for Change – Organized by the Next Generation Task Force
The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth – Organized by the Indigenous Peoples’ Task Force & Working Group
Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence – Organized by the Task Force on Countering War, Hate & Violence
Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future – Organized by the Climate Action Task Force
Advancing Concrete Change Toward a Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World – Organized by the Justice Task Force

Who’s attending?  Expected attendance will exceed 10,000 persons of faith and conscience from 80 nations and more than 200 unique spiritual backgrounds. The Parliament offers programming for all, from scholars and activists to families and children – lectures to interactive cultural experiences. Participants can be individuals whose profession or personal interests lead them to the Parliament or delegations from the guiding institutions like states, universities, or religious organizations. Our presenters include students, clergy, interfaith leaders, scholars, Nobel Laureates, city mayors, spiritual luminaries, best-selling authors, globally-recognized entertainers, thought leaders, state actors, and more.
Registration: Early Bird rates are now available for a limited time offering substantial savings for individuals, groups, students, or one-day attendees. Reduced-rate codes can be obtained by application for scholarships or fee reductions for economically vulnerable persons. Visit our registration page for to sign up and to review rate timelines.
Proposing a Program: The Parliament is looking for program ideas to inspire, inform, energize, connect and move attendees of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (in more than 500 sessions over seven days!) that will advance our collective mission of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.  Presenters and applicants will receive access to reduced rate registration rates. The program submission period has been extended into April. To read and respond to the request for proposals, learn about program formats, submit to host a session within the program subthemes, and to view current program submission timelines, visit ParliamentOfReligions.org/RFP.  Final decisions on program review will be communicated by May 15, 2018
Exhibiting, Sponsoring and Advertising at the 2018 Parliament: Exhibitor, Sponsor, & Advertiser Opportunities are available here. Did you know that registration fees only cover about half the cost of producing the Parliament? Low registration fees enable more people to attend, but we need the support of sponsors, grantmakers, and donors. We invite individuals, groups, organizations and corporations aligned to (or interested in supporting) faith, interfaith, civic life, and critical issues and more to take a look at these opportunities to engage with our active and informed participants.  Early bird incentives are also extended for exhibition space bookings in March! Book by April 1 to save $300!
All additional information including Visa, Hotels, Volunteer Opportunities and More are Available at ParliamentOfReligions.org/PoWR2018
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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions is headquartered in the City of Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, and other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. 

PoWR recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. We remain committed to the advancement of dignity and justice for Indigenous Peoples’ and their communities in the region and around the world.


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