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Kids Plant Seeds of Peace with the Parliament of the World’s Religions
Students and community leaders “Plant for Peace” at Nathan Phillips Square ahead of the world’s largest interfaith gathering, taking place November 1-7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is holding Planting for Peace at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, with students and community members invited to join in on the celebration.
The Parliament celebrates advancements in diversity, justice, harmony and reconciliation by combining the efforts of our many different cultures.
In a world so divided, this is a time to talk about the things that bond us — to work together to find compassionate solutions that create real change with a greater understanding of each other’s perspectives.
Starting at 10 a.m., the kids will host a symbolic “planting” in the Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square, placing flowers in the garden that are designed and created by them. (NOTE: DUE TO PROBABILITY OF RAIN, ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO MEET IN THE WATERFALL GARDEN OF THE SHERATON GRAND HOTEL).
Their art pieces will include a thought from each child about peace, friendship, inclusion or love, and what it means to them.
The event will also feature an appearance by members of Toronto’s own Clay and Paper Theatre troupe.
By encouraging the young people in our communities to think about what makes for a more peaceful and inclusive world, we can inspire the next generation across cultures to join us all in working toward a better world.
This is a kick-off to the week-long Parliament, taking place November 1-7, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Parliament is the world’s largest interfaith gathering, and this year it will welcome thousands of delegates to Toronto, from 80 countries that represent nearly 200 religious, spiritual and Indigenous traditions.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions will feature more than 900 programs and events, including an Interfaith Family Festival from November 2-6 for kids of all ages., Notable keynote speakers throughout the week will include: Canadian author Margaret Atwood, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Dr. Payam Akhavan, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Dr. Karen Armstrong.
For more information about the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions, please visit www.parliamentofreligions.org.
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About the Parliament of the World’s Religions
The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions is being hosted by the city of Toronto from November 1 - 7, 2018 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). In its distinction as the world’s most diverse city, Toronto will showcase its unique values, achievements, and aspirations as the 7th host of the Parliament of the World's Religions.
Questions? Email Nuzhat Jafri, Communications Manager of POWR - Toronto - 2018
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