2021 VIRTUAL

What: The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions
When: October 16 - 18, 2021
Where: Virtually Around the World
How: Register Today

The 1st Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted at the historic World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, brought together people of faith from around the world. Some like Anagārika Dharmapāla, A.G. Bonet-Maury, and Swami Vivekananda traveled for months and across continents to serve as representatives of their faiths, and many more journeyed over weeks, through countries, and across oceans to attend what would become the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement.

The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

What Kinds of Speakers Come to the Parliament?

Since marking the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the interfaith movement in 1993, Parliaments are known to connect local activism network leaders, religious leaders, as well as luminaries like Nobel Laureates and others which have included Nelson Mandela, HH the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Karen Armstrong, Swami Vivekananda*, Rabbi David Saperstein, Eboo Patel, Margaret Atwood, Marianne Williamson, Bishop William Barber, Dr. Hans Kung, Deepak Chopra, and Amma the Hugging Saint, to name a few.

The Voices of PoWR at the Parliament are widely diverse luminaries featured at the Convening. Check-in bi-weekly for new updates

More Luminaries Coming Soon!

Eboo Patel

Mallika Kaur

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Zerbanoo Gifford

Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam

Karen Armstrong, OBE FRSL

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Grandmother Flordemayo

Bishop William E. Swing

Marianne Williamson

Rabbi David Rosen

Register Today!

Registration for the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions is now open. Enjoy access to our lowest rates by taking advantage of the Super Saver Rate, only available through June 15th!

General Admission

Early Bird

June 15th - August 31st  at 11:59 PM (UTC -5) 

$70 USD

Regular

Begins on September 1st  at 12:00 AM (UTC -5) 

$90 USD

Student Admission

Available till October 15th  at 11:59 PM (UTC -5) 

$10USD

Programs at the 2021 Parliament

The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be the eighth convening and the first time that it will be hosted virtually.  Recognized as the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement, the 1893 Parliament made history with its groundbreaking interreligious dialogues among leaders of Eastern and Western religious traditions, fostering understanding, cooperation and social harmony. Since 1893, six more Parliaments have been hosted in the United States, South Africa, Spain, Canada and Australia; attended by tens of thousands of people from around the world.

The​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​ will feature​ ​programs​, presentations​ and religious observances at​ ​the​ ​2021​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​, to be held virtually,​ October 16-18. The program will be hosted in Central US time, coinciding with the location of the Parliament headquarters in Chicago, but provide offerings for time zones around the world, on the theme Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action

Explore the schedule below!

Programming for the 2021 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:

  • The broad critical issues of our mission statement: JusticePeace, and Sustainability including Climate Action

  • Our critical constituencies: Indigenous PeoplesNext Generations, and Women and Girls

  • The signature document of the Parliament of the World's Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic 

Program types may include but are not limited to any of the following: 

  • Panel discussion

  • Lecture or oral presentation

  • Academic paper

  • Seminar

  • Religious or spiritual observance

  • Workshop

  • Training session 

  • Art, music, and performances

  • Film

​​​​​ *Note: Regular programs will be 45 minutes in length.

Advertising, Exhibitors & Sponsorships

The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions provides a cost-effective way to maximize your organization’s exposure to thousands of participants from 80 different countries and over 50 faith and spiritual traditions. Leaders in their communities, our participants are multi-generational, media-savvy, and culturally aware. Your organization will gain exposure not only as part of the virtual platform, but also to tens of thousands more through visibility on the Parliament website, social media channels, and associated marketing materials.

The virtual platform of the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions provides outstanding opportunities for multiple and highly prominent impressions of your brand - and your commitment to bringing persons of faith and conscience together to build peace, justice, and sustainability in today’s world.

Let the world see who you are and what matters to you.

Reach socially conscious, open-minded, and connected persons by hosting a booth in our virtual Exhibit Hall. Your booth will let you reach participants with one-on-one, personal conversations that build relationships.

Build Recognition and Authority , Share a Call to Action

Exhibitor booths in the virtual event platform are a virtual space for your organization with customizable elements such as logobanner imagelinksdocumentsmediainterest/action button, and your ability to interact as your booth's representative.

One of the main reasons why exhibitors join events is to connect with potential leads or customers and expand their professional and social networks. In a virtual event scenario, there are a few ways that you can maximize that opportunity as an exhibitor through lead retrieval functions.

Interested in custom sponsorships, sponsoring a networking session, lounge, or private session, sponsoring a track, or other types of sponsorship?

Contact Emma Pittsley, Parliament Development Associate at Emma@parliamentofreligions.org

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Exhibit Booths


Standard

$550 Early Bird

$1,100 after August

Prime

$950 Early Bird

$1,900 after August

Platinum

$2,000 Early Bird

$4,000 after August

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Live chat and polls
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Sponsorship


Standard

$1,000 Early Bird

$2,000 after August

Prime

$2,000 Early Bird

$4,000 after August

Platinum

$5,000 Early Bird

$10,000 after August

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Exhibit boothStandard BoothPrime BoothPlatinum Booth
Featured in sponsor carousel
Promoted on social media
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Volunteering for the 2021 Parliament


On behalf of the Parliament, we want to extend a sincere expression of gratitude for your interest in donating your time, skills, and work to the Parliament of the World’s Religions. 

Expectations for Volunteers

At the upcoming 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions, volunteers will be serving as logistical support for Parliament staff and technical support for Parliament attendees live. 

Because of this volunteers must:

  • Be fluent English speakers, proficiency in other languages are a plus
  • Have access to a computer and reliable internet
  • Have a high school education or higher
  • Be able to commit at least 10 cumulative hours of service between October 16-18, 2021

Process of Eligibility

Volunteers must email miriam@parliamentofreligions.org with a copy of their resume and their availability. Copies of their most recent background check are a plus. 

If accepted, volunteers must register for the 2021 Parliament and complete virtual training on the Accelevents platforms and related software. A volunteer rate of $10 USD is available to accepted volunteers.

Contact Miriam Quezada if you have any questions or concerns.

Why Virtual?

When the Site Committee began the scoping of the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions after the Toronto Parliament, its members never imagined what our communities would be facing in the form of COVID-19. In response to established safety standards, the Parliament joined interfaith and interreligious organizations across the globe in utilizing our diversity of beliefs and practices and committed to serving as a convener of the interfaith movement, virtually, to continue working together for a world-wide community that embraces love, compassion, justice, and peace during this on-going global crisis.

So why host the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions Virtually? 

The Parliament is committed to being a safe space for people of faith to come together; both mentally and physically. During the ongoing pandemic, we could not guarantee this safety in a physical event and the Parliament convening is too important to put off. There is no better time than 2021 to bring people of diverse faith and spirituality together to bring about a better world.

The second and perhaps most important reason to go virtual for this year’s Parliament is the advantages of a virtual platform. Since 1893, each Parliament has striven to be more inclusive than the last. By allowing attendants to come to the Parliament through the click of a button in their homes and offices around the world, we bring voices that may not have ever had a chance to come before. Think of the possibilities! For the first time, the Parliament could include tours of sacred places from all around the globe. We believe that all Parliaments in the future will include some virtual element to them, even when we return to meeting in a city conference center. This is just the beginning!

Sponsors of the 2021 Parliament​​​​​​​

What Do Past Attendees Say About the Parliament?​​​​​​​

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We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have already joined us in counting down to the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions by registering to attend and proposing a program.

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Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), the world’s premier interfaith convening, ​invites​ ​proposals​ ​for​ ​programs​, presentations​, and religious observances at​ ​the​ ​2021​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​, to be held virtually,​ October 17-18.

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