The Opening Ceremony & Plenary of the 2021 Parliament

An opening ceremony for the history books! Inspiring keynotes, sacred blessings, and messages of hope from around the world were just a few of the highlights from the Opening Ceremony and Plenary of the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions, streamed on Saturday, October 16th.

The plenary began with land blessings from Indigenous leaders from five regions of the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and Central America. The blessings set a tone for the next 48 hours of the 2021 Parliament, one that emphasized the sacred beauty of the world's religious and spiritual traditions while acknowledging the importance of the interfaith movement and the critical issues affecting our world.

Opening Ceremony & Plenary

Professor Nokuzola Mndende
Dr. Zuzana Palovic
Galaikai Patjaljinuk
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
Mena Suvari
Ann Smith
Nitin Ajmera
Rev. Stephen Avino
Scott Stearman
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Ming Hua Lin
Swami Ishatmananda
Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor
Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar
Kehkashan Basu
Rev. Paulette Pipe
Bishop William E. Swing
Naeem Baig
Carl Murrell
Ravi Singh
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Dharma Master Cheng Yen
Samani Jayant Pragya
Samani Sanmati Pragya

Amongst the highlights of the evening were the reading of a special letter from His Holiness Pope Francis, which can be read here.

The Opening Ceremony & Plenary of the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions is available exclusively on the virtual portal for the Convening until November 17th.

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