2023 Chicago


August 14-18, 2023 | McCormick Place Lakeside Center

The Call for Programs


Thank you for your interest in proposing a session for the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions! We are eager to offer you a streamlined process for submitting your proposal. Please read through the following information to help you plan and submit a complete application.

Call for Programs Timeline

May 2

Proposal Form Opens

Oct 3

Proposal Deadline

Dec 9

Decisions Sent

Feb 15

Confirmations Due

In order for you to present a program, you and all of your co-presenters must register for the Parliament at this link. At the time of proposal, to be considered, the primary contact person submitting the proposal must be registered. Co-presenters may register after the proposal response, and will be offered the Early Bird registration rate.

Why do speakers need to register?

Speakers of Parliament programming are expected to attend and fully engage in the Parliament of the World’s Religions because the speakers ARE attendees. Throughout the Parliament’s history, the content of the breakout programming at Parliament Convenings has been curated by and for attendees through a call for proposals from attendees.

The participants were given a chance to speak and to be heard as equals with those around

– Küng and Kuschel on the 1993 Parliament

Submit Your Program Proposal

Programming for the 2023 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively on:

Panel Session Info

A panel discussion involves a group of people gathered to discuss a topic, offering a diversity of perspectives and expertise.

Panels should have 3-5 speakers and include a moderator to guide the discussion.

Panel sessions are 90 minutes.

Workshop Info

A workshop is a more intensive, hands-on seminar, discussion group, or activity, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc

Workshop sessions are 60 minutes.

Religious Obs. Info

Religious observances are offered in faith rooms for attendees to experience enriching and unique expressions of faith and have a space for their daily religious practices.

Art Exhibit Info

Art can be displayed in an art exhibits section of the Exhibit Hall of the Parliament.

Performances Info

Performances of music, dance, theater, and more are invited to perform in the Arts & Performances track.

Film Info

The Film Festival at the Parliament invites screenings of films. Film screenings can be followed by a Q&A session of 30 minutes.

Lecture-style presentations with only one presenter will not be accepted. Individuals may apply to be placed on a panel with other presenters.

The proposal form will be completed by one individual, the primary presenter, on behalf of all co-presenters in the proposed session. Please have the following information ready at the time of your application for the primary and co-presenters of your proposed session:

  • The full name, professional title, and organizational information of each session applicant
  • Complete mailing, email addresses, and telephone contact information
  • A short biography for each presenter
  • An image or headshot (under 2mb). The preferred size is 700x700px.
  • Proposed Session Title
  • Program description
  • The logistical needs for presenting your program

​For the optimal consideration, scheduling, and promotion of programs, the proposal form requires that the following data is submitted:

  • You will be able to designate that your session relates to a number of categories, including religious/spiritual traditions, critical issues and more.
  • You will be asked for keywords of your proposed session that will be used to tag all scheduled programs on the virtual Convening site.

Please ensure accurate, copy-edited information is submitted at the time of this application.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions reserves the right to proof and edit your submission as necessary for appropriate spelling, grammar, clarity, and brevity.

In order to ensure that your proposal is given full consideration, the Parliament of the World’s Religions may need to contact you or any co-presenter listed in your proposal. Please ensure that all proposed co-presenters are accessible in a reasonable timeframe through the contact information provided. All proposed presenters will be included in the Parliament of the World’s Religions contact database and may receive email or postal mail as appropriate.

A high volume of programming proposals are anticipated. To achieve a desired balance of breadth of topics and demographic identities, the number of selected programs will be determined by the number of available program slots.

Once your program is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to your completed proposal. Programming staff will contact session applicants with any additional questions. All proposals will be reviewed and considered as long as they are submitted by October 3, 2022. Please refrain from contacting the Parliament of the World’s Religions office for inquiries about the status of review. Decisions on program proposals will be sent on December 9, 2022

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions is headquartered in the City of Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, and other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. 

PoWR recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. We remain committed to the advancement of dignity and justice for Indigenous Peoples’ and their communities in the region and around the world.


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