Diverse Voices of Faith to Join 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions

On October 16th at 7 pm ET, the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions kicks off its 8th global Convening of interfaith activists, religious leaders, scholars, and practitioners from all the world’s faith to address the theme: “Opening Our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action.”

The Parliament of the World's Religions is deeply honored to announce that His Eminence Muḥammad ˁAbdur-Raḥmān Muḥammad Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl,  Ming Hua Lin and Nitin Ajmera  join the growing list of featured luminaries at the 2021 Parliament of World's Religions.

Amongst the luminaries is the Al-Azhar Grand Imam’s Deputy, His Immenence Muḥammad ˁAbdur-Raḥmān Muḥammad Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī.

Muḥammad ˁAbdur-Raḥmān Muḥammad Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī

His Eminence Muḥammad ˁAbdur-Raḥmān Muḥammad Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī serves as Al-Azhar Grand Imam’s Deputy and Professor of Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University.In May 1990, Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī obtained his BA Degree in Sharīˁah and Law, and later earned his MA degree in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence. In 1998, Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence.

The first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, the first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, former President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Nsuta-Wassaw, Ghana. Cardinal Turkson was appointed Prefect of the new Department for the Service of the Integral Human Development, instituted by the Holy Father Francis with his Apostolic Letter in form of "Motu Proprio".

The first woman to lead Central’s Reform congregation in its 180-year history, Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl.

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City and is the first woman to lead Central’s Reform congregation in its 180-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as Senior Cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be Senior Rabbi. 

A Tao priest and the Vice-President of the Taoism Association in Taiwan, Ming Hua Lin.

Ming Hua Lin

Ming Hua Lin is a female Tao priest and the Vice-President of the Taoism Association in Taiwan. She also serves as a consultant for the Committee Member of Religious Affair, appointed by the Minister of the Interior in Taiwan.  Ming Hua Lin is officially ordained in a famous Taoist temple in Jianxi, China. She is the Chairperson at the headquarter of Treasure Lake Temples in Nantou, Taiwan and Trustee of ROC (Republic of China) Association of Taoism.

And the first Jain to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Nitin Ajmera.

Nitin Ajmera

Nitin Ajmera is a senior management professional and practitioner of the Digambar Jain tradition.  He is Chief Financial Officer at New York Sports Club and its family of brands. He also teaches at Drexel University. He has been associated with the Jain Center of America-New York in many capacities ranging from a teacher in Jain Sunday School, committee chair, to the President. Nitin is the Chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World's Religions.

48 hours of immersive and diverse programming, available to registrants for 30 days after the Convening. Don't miss these inspiring luminaries, 500+ program offerings and thousands of opportunities to connect with organizers from around the world.