Among Friends: Part 3 – On the Word “Promise”

Written by Dr. Larry Greenfield
March 23, 2018

The word promise can have different meanings. I can use it as a verb: “I promise I’ll do this or that,” and you can hold me to that commitment. But if I use it as a noun, like “this thing has great promise,” I am emphasizing the potential for greatness. When the Parliament of the World’s Religions proclaims that inclusion has promise—as it does within the theme of the 2018 Parliament in Toronto—we mean it in that second sense. I really do believe that inclusion has the promise—the great potential—to fundamentally address the issues of injustice, hate, violence, and climate change in our world. In that spirit, I encourage you to join me and thousands of others from across the globe in Toronto on November 1-7.

– 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”

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 to April 15. 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,  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 15 to save $300!
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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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