The 2004 Parliament offered over 450 programs, lectures, dialogues, workshops, symposia, performances and exhibits. These offerings reflected a wide range of religious and spiritual traditions and guiding institutions including government business, labor, education, media, science, intergovernmental organizations and organizations of civil society. Presenters were emerging and well-known leaders, activists, scholars and experts. Programs and presenters were carefully balanced in terms of gender, region and format. Each day was organized around three pivotal dynamics that animate the interreligious movement:

The intra-religious track provided an opportunity to learn about the teachings, practices and dynamics of a wide variety of religious and spiritual communities and the resources and rationales from within these traditions for interreligious cooperation. Intra-religious programs included:

  • Struggle for the Soul of Islam
  • Bahá’í Theological Basis for Interreligious Dialogue
  • Community of Christ: Maintaining Identity in a Diverse World
  • Collective Rituals of the Haudenosaunee Tribe
  • Teaching of Sincerity: A Shinto Pathway to Peace
  • The Global Faces of Buddhism
  • Judaism and Justice
  • Native People and Environmental Justice
  • Zoroastrian History, Religion, Culture and Present Day Challenges
  • The Art of War/The Tao of Peace
  • A Holistic Jain Approach to Peace with Reference to the Role of Women
  • How to Facilitate Intra-religious Dialogue

The interreligious track focused on structured opportunities for dialogue with a wide range of panel discussions from a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives. Interreligious programs included:

  • Praying Together?
  • Do We Need Religion in Order to Have Stable Ethics?
  • Peace Initiatives to Bridge the Hindu-Muslim Divide
  • Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Communal Responses to Social and Environmental Violence
  • Does the Media Promote Interreligious Dialogue?
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Non-Negotiable Dogmas
  • Mahatma Gandhi and Religious Pluralism
  • Faith and Economics: What is the Bottom Line?
  • Dialoguing in the Midst of Violence:
  • An Experience of Islam-Christian
  • Dialogue in Mindanao
  • Pagan Dialogue Inside and Outside of the Circle
  • Middle East Stories: The Significance of the Holy Land in Our Sacred Texts
  • Interfaith Encounters: Marriages, Child Rearing, Funerals and Other Practical Concerns

The engagement track featured an exemplary selection of successful projects and initiatives that are making a difference around the world. Sessions helped to build capacity for effective dialogue and collaboration. Engagement programs included:

  • Building Peace in the Midst of Conflict
  • Millennium Development Goals: Fostering a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • Hungry for More: Raising Religious Voices on the Question of Global Consumerism
  • Ford Interfaith Network: A model for faith in corporate workplaces
  • The Headscarf Debate: Religious Dress and Secular Fundamentalism
  • Proselytization and Religious Freedom How can Religious Communities be Engaged in Fair Trade
  • Challenges Facing Sikh Identity Microcredit for Interreligious Community Development
  • Religious Values and Social Activism
  • Designing Interfaith Sacred Space American Indian Religious Freedom Act
  • Peace Over the Korean Peninsula: The Reconciling Role of Faith Communities in the History of Confrontational North and South Korea