Programs at the 2021 Parliament


The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions was the eighth convening and the first time that it was 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 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions featured programs, presentations, and religious observances, held virtually, October 16-18. The program was 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.


About the Program

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

  • The broad critical issues of our mission statement: Justice, Peace, and Sustainability including Climate Action
  • Our critical constituencies: Indigenous Peoples, Next Generations, and Women and Girls
  • The signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic 

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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