The 2018 Parliament Awards

On September 2018, the Parliament of the World’s Religions opened applications for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Awards that would be awarded as part of the programming at the 2018 Parliament in Toronto. Hundreds of applications were received for the seven Parliament awards:

1. The Paul Carus Award
2. The Global Ethic Award
3. The Ahimsa Award
4. The Parliament of the World’s Religions Interfaith Engagement with the World Award
5. The Parliament of the World's Religions Justice Award
6. The Parliament of the World's Religions Ecological Flourishing Award
7. The Parliament of the World's Religions Peace Award

The Parliament gathered award committees for each award and members were tasked with selecting the winner or winners that best embodied the award. Nominations were received for all seven awards but the committee on the Parliament of the World’s Religions Interfaith Engagement with the World Award chose not to award any of the nominees in 2018.

After an extensive review process that concluded in mid-October, the review committees selected eight winners for six of the awards and winners were notified.

The Paul Carus Award

The Paul Carus Award was presented during the Parliament's Justice Assembly on Monday, November 5th and awarded to OMNIA, Soraya Deen and Abare Kallah. The award honors outstanding work in the international interreligious movement and celebrates the efforts of an individual or organization that work effectively toward the creation of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.


Paul Carus Award Presented to OMNIA, Abare Kallah, & Soraya Deen (Pictured from Left to Right)

The Global Ethic Award

The Global Ethic Award was presented during the Parliament's Anniversary Banquet on Monday, November 5th and awarded to Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. The award honors an individual for moral leadership that exemplifies one or more of the five directives of the Parliament’s Declaration Toward a Global Ethic or leadership in increasing awareness of the Declaration and promoting its practical application in the world.


Global Ethic Award Presented to Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish (Pictured Center)

 
The Ahimsa Award

The Ahimsa Award was presented during the Parliament's Reconciliation Plenary on Monday, November 5th and awarded to His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswati. The award honors an individual or organization who has made an exceptional contribution to enhance and strengthen the interfaith community through non-violence, sponsored by Jain communities around the world.


Ahimsa Award Presented to H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Pictured Center)

The Parliament of the World's Religions Justice Award

The Justice Award was presented during the Parliament's Reconciliation Plenary on Monday, November 5th and awarded to Justin Remer-Thamert. The award honors an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced justice in the world.


Justice Award Presented to Justin Remer-Thamert (Pictured Right)

The Parliament of the World's Religions Ecological Flourishing Award

The Ecological Flourishing Award was presented during the Parliament's Climate Action Assembly on Sunday, November 4th and awarded to Christiana Figueres. The award honors an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced the Earth's sustainability and flourishing.

 

Ecological Flourishing Award Presented to Christiana Figueres (Pictured Left)

The Parliament of the World's Religions Peace Award

The Peace Award was presented during the Parliament's Countering War, Hate & Violence Assembly on Tuesday, November 6th and awarded to Dr. Arun Gandhi. The award honors an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably reduced hate and violence and advanced peace in the world.

 

Peace Award Presented to Dr. Arun Gandhi (Pictured Center)