Andrew Harvey and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés Join 2021 Parliament as Featured Luminaries

The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions features over 500 program offerings, including panels, workshops, art exhibits and musical performances from diverse peoples of faith, spirituality and conscience. Luminaries will be featured in one of the five plenaries, which will provide inspiration and hope through reflections on the Parliament's theme "Opening Our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action".

The Parliament is thrilled to announce that author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions, Andrew Harvey, and academic, politician and diplomat, Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, are set to join the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions this October as featured luminaries.

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey is a poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher who has taught at universities and spiritual centers around the world. He has written and edited more than 30 books, including the bestselling titles The Hope and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Harvey is Founder & Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Join diplomat Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés this October.

Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is an academic, politician and diplomat with 30+ years of experience, including leadership positions within the Government of Ecuador (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Heritage) and at the most senior level of the United Nations. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2018/2019), becoming the fourth woman in history and the first from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over this body since its foundation in 1945.

Ms. Espinosa Garcés is regarded as an expert on international affairs and the United Nations, defense and security, sustainable development, the environment, climate change, gender equality and indigenous peoples’ rights. With vast experience in intergovernmental negotiations and recognized as an international advocate of multilateralism and women’s rights and empowerment.

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