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Pre-Parliament Events

Pathways to PoWR 2018

A Pre-Parliament Event Series

Join us as we forge a path toward the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto Canada. From now until October 2018, the Parliament will be collaborating with local organization events and hosts to showcase themes, documents, declaration, and programs leading up to the forthcoming 2018 Parliament.

We welcome your local religious and spiritual communities to come together to host a local pre-parliament event to offer “a taste of the Parliament experience.

What is a pre-Parliament Event?

In the months leading up to the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Canada communities around the world will hold Pre-Parliament Events. Pre-Parliament Events will offer “a taste of the Parliament experience,” opportunities to learn more about the 2018 Parliament, and a forum to highlight the work of your local interfaith initiatives.

An event could be held in a conference center, a place of worship, a fellowship hall, a public arena, or a living room. Events could last for a few hours or a few days and can focus on our special constituencies (Women, Next Generation, and Indigenous) or our critical issues (War, Hate & Violence, Income Inequality, and Climate Change). 

Pre-Parliament events must have some element of the program dedicated to the promotion of the 2018 Toronto Parliament event and must provide the Staff with enough time to develop special marketing materials. If you are interested in hosting a Pre-Parliament event or combining your existing event with a Pre-Parliament event, submit the Pre-Parliament Event Registration Form or email us for more information.

Expectations of the Host

  • Submit the Pre-Parliament Event Registration Form 
  • Communicate details with staff, share important text and graphics files within a reasonable timeframe of the announcement of the event 
  • Work with Staff on developing marketing materials for the event, note that all marketing materials using the Parliament logo must be approved by Staff
  • Create a Facebook event and add "The Parliament of Religions" as co-host
  • Work with Staff to develop a report of the event - the report should include an article/blog like write up, pictures of the event, and any surveys from the event (See Resources for Hosts below for more information)
  • Share names and emails of individuals interested in the Parliament with Staff (See Parliament Interest Form below)

Resources for Hosts

Miriam Quezada, our Constituency Development Coordinator, is available through e-mail or at 312-971-3096 to answer any questions you might have. And our Toronto Pre-Parliament Subcommittee Chairs, Bhante Saranpala and Sarah Harrington are also available to answer questions regarding Toronto based events. 

Upcoming Pre-Parliament Events


Pre-Parliament Events from Around the World

  • Spreading Our Wings 2017 (Denver, CO, USA): Announcement -  Report
  • Great Lakes Water Walk (Toronto, ON, Canada): AnnouncementReport
  • The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love (Lihue, HI, USA): AnnouncementReport
  • York Centre Multi-faith Thanksgiving Celebration (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • On Our Faith: Sikh Immersion on War, Hate, and Violence (South Richmond, NY, USA): AnnouncementReport
  • On Our Faith: Sikh Immersion - Inter Faith Event on Indigenous Peoples (Etobicoke, ON, Canada): AnnouncementReport
  • Mosaic Interfaith Annual Peace Meal (Thornhill, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Exploring Faith Series: Denominations of Islam (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Women of Faith Build (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Interfaith Partnership Circles of Unity Annual Dinner (St. Louis, MO, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Mosaic Interfaith Friday Night Shabbat Service (Thornhill, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • On Our Faith: Sikh Immersion & Depicting Spirituality Through Paintings (Slough, UK): Announcement - Report
  • Mosaic Interfaith Presents "From Abraham: Three Faiths" (Thornhill, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Celebration (Grands Rapids, MI, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Attitude of Gratitude Celebration (Etobicoke, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Interfaith Peace Service (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Festival of Lights Service (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Meelad-un-Nabiyyain - Meanings: The Birth Celebration of the Two Prophets (Islamabad, Pakistan): Announcement - Report
  • Attitude of Gratitude Celebration (Scarborough, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • On Our Faith: Without Shape Without Form - Depicting Spirituality Through Art (Slough, UK): Announcement - Report
  • On Our Faith: Path of God & Story of Mind - Part 1 (Ada, MI, USA): Announcement - Report
  • On Our Faith: Path of God & Story of Mind - Part 2 (Rockville, MD, USA): Announcement - Report
  • World Religion Day 2018 (Burlington, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Arts, Thoughts and Ideas that Unite Us (York, Toronto, Canada): Report
  • Interfaith Meet (Vadodara, Gujarat, India): Report
  • Hospitality in the Face of Adversity: A Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Response (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Ecology, Environment and Religions: Key Issues and Challanges (Vadodara, Gurajat, India): Report
  • Community Sharing Series (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Interfaith Community Wellness (Brothell , WA, USA): Announcement - Report
  • SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World (Kansas City, KS, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Celebration of the Inaugural UN International Day of Living Together in Peace (North York, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Tha Swami Vivekananda (New York, NY, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Inland Valley Interfaith Conference (La Verne, CA, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Sanctuary In The City - A Place for All Intercultural Ramadan Dinner (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • 2018 Toronto Peace Iftar (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Multi-Faith Ramadan Harmony Dinner (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • The Power of Love in Turbulent Times (Sedona, AZ, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Musical Fireside with Marvin Goldstein and Vanessa Joy (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Seminar: Inter-faith Harmony for a Global Civilization (Gujarat, India): Announcement - Report
  • "This first summer month..." (London, England, UK): Announcement - Report
  • O'Canada: Many Voices, One Spirit (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Reimagining Interfaith (Washington, D.C., USA): Announcement - Report
  • Ubuntu: The Spirit of Africa (Nairobi, Kenya): Announcement - Report
  • SHARING OUR STORIES: Celebrating Harmony in Our Broken World (Santa Monica, CA, USA): Announcement - Report
  • The Global Wicca Summit (Global Teleconference): Announcement - Report
  • Unidad Entre Las Religiones (Online from Barcelona, Spain): Announcement - Report
  • Dances of Universal Peace (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Opening your Doors: Including People with Disabilities in Your Faith Community (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Reconnect to Life: Reflect, Renew, Rejoice! (Vancouver, BC, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • First Unitarian Church of San Jose's Organization/Volunteer Fair (San Jose, CA, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Book Club: "Twelve Steps to a Compassion Life" by Karen Armstrong (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • IRI Presents Sacred Spaces (Chicago, IL, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Harvest Festival 2018: Toronto Pagan Pride Day (Toronto, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • Open Hear Conversations: Judaism with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie (New York, NY, USA): Announcement - Report
  • Awaken the Spirit of Love, Unity and Peace (Brampton, ON, Canada): Announcement - Report
  • The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World (Grapevine, Texas): Announcement - Report


Get Inspired!

Read more about the 2015 Pre-Parliament Events that were organized around the world.