Parliament Joins Global Celebration of Temple of Understanding as Part of FORUM2020

October 21, 2020

On Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and youth environmental activists from around the world came together to address the urgency of the climate crisis with strategies for inspired collective action as part of the celebration of the Temple of Understanding’s 60th Anniversary.
The anniversary, entitled FORUM2020: Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future & Global Interfaith Prayer Service for the Earth, was celebrated through a series of programs including keynote addresses, diverse panels, inspiring prayers, and sacred music. Over forty international speakers offered their wisdom and perspectives throughout the two-day celebration.
The forum was presented in collaboration with Marble Collegiate Church in NYC and streamed live through their website.
Keynote speakers included Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Eda Zavala Lopez, Chief Oren Lyons, Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva, Grandmother Mona Polacca, and HH 4th Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche. Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa, and Parliament Trustee, Imam Saffet Catovic, joined the celebration on Friday, October 16th.
Full programs are available exclusively on

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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