Fifth Lineup of Luminaries of the 2021 Parliament Announced

With over 700 programs proposed, thousands of attendees registered, and many more luminaries yet to be announced, the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions will join previous Parliament Convenings in making history.

The Parliament is thrilled to announce the fifth round of luminaries that will be participating in the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions. These groundbreaking Voices of PoWR highlight their unique traditions and the immense beauty of their culture and spiritual traditions.

Join America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musician of her time at the 2021 Parliament!

Joanne Shenandoah

GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah has been capturing the hearts of audiences and trailblazing a path of peace through music throughout the world. Given the traditional name of Tekali-wha-kwah which means “She Sings” as well as “Liftin the Spirit” in her Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) language as a young child, her musical legacy embodies its full meaning. Shenandoah is a cross-cultural and multi-genre artist known for her beautiful vocals and insightful lyrics that nurture the spirit.

Her 24 albums, singles, collaborations and film soundtracks have earned her more than 40 music awards, including a GRAMMY and 14 NAMMYs (Native American Music Awards), an induction into the NAMMY Hall of Fame, and an EMMY nomination. Much of her music and lectures carry the teachings of oneness with all of creation. She is an Haudenosaunee-Oneida ambassador of peace, human and earth rights.

Join the Spokesperson for Ifa in the world at the upcoming 2021 Parliament!

Baba Wande Abimbola

Professor Wande Abimbola, Awise Agbaye, is the Spokesperson for Ifa in the world, founder of Ifa Heritage Institute in Nigeria, former Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, and former Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Cultural Affairs and Traditional Matters who is known worldwide for his knowledge of Indigenous Yoruba religion and Ifa sacred literature. Wande Abimbola received his first degree in History from the University College, Ibadan in 1963, when that was a college of London University.

He received his Master's Degree in Linguistics from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in 1966, and his Ph.D. in Yoruba Literature in 1970 from the University of Lagos. He became a full Professor of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Ife in 1976. The Awise's academic background is very much rooted in oral tradition. He was an apprentice in Ifa chanting and rituals before he began formal schooling at the age of 12.

The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions provides a unique opportunity for religious & spiritual leaders, theologians, activists, and organizers around the world to share their work with the global interfaith movement. Don’t miss out on Early Bird savings!