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2023 Chicago

August 14-18, 2023 | McCormick Place Lakeside Center

Press Center

As the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive interfaith event, Parliament Convenings are the premier gathering place for the global interfaith movement. At the Parliament 10,000 global and religious leaders, grassroots activists, and practitioners from more than 200 diverse religious and spiritual communities, more than 80 nations and people of goodwill committed to intersectional social movements work to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Media credentials for the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be granted to a select group of journalists and media practitioners with a demonstrated record of reporting on issues of religious diversity, pluralism, interfaith engagement, and the intersections of critical global institutions and issues.


We aim to cultivate a diverse and international press pool that will help us tell the stories of the world’s premier global interfaith event, and report on the groundbreaking work that people of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular communities are achieving together to showcase the 130 years of legacy of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can receive complimentary press registration?

Complimentary registration is available to credentialed journalists (i.e., professional reporters, editors, writers, news photographers, producers and online editors) who work for a major publication, news service, broadcast outlet or news site that is regularly issued and published primarily for the dissemination of news, and operates independently from any commercial, political, government or special interest.

 Media whose primary responsibility is the coverage of the interfaith movement, religion, social entrepreneurism, and local/metro and global affairs will be prioritized for credentials.

Sales, advertising and marketing staff, analysts, brand content producers, authors, consultants, and others are not generally eligible for press registration. Non-media attendees can visit for information on registration.

The number of press credentials for each media outlet is limited. Press credentials are not transferable without the approval of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

What if I do not meet the criteria for press credentials?

The Parliament reserves the right to grant or withhold press registration on a case-by-case basis.

If you feel you are able to produce timely content relevant to advancing the visibility of the 2023 Parliament Convening through your coverage, but are not a member of the mainstream media, please submit a written request no later than June 1,2023 to

Non-MSM requests for special consideration cannot be considered beyond this date.

Are there any restrictions on video, photography, speaker interviews, etc.?

Advanced permission is required for news cameras and radio broadcast on-site during the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and recordings of all or portions of conference without prior approval from the Parliament of the World’s Religions are prohibited.

Commercial video of general sessions is prohibited, and keynote speakers are not all available for interviews. B-roll video of public areas of the conference — exhibition hall and the Parliament’s sacred spaces, for example — and video interviews of Parliament staff and associated experts are possible with prior written consent of the Parliament of the World’s Religions or verified press credentials.

Please check with the Parliament staff for any restrictions on photography.

Can bloggers register as press?

Bloggers seeking press credentials must be working journalists or be affiliated in an editorial capacity with a qualified news outlet or educational institution as described above. 

Can I produce independent media without press credentials at the 2023 Parliament?

Independent filmmakers, photographers, radio personalities, TV media, and other enterprising initiatives may require entry into an MOU with the Parliament granting all rights of use to the Parliament of the World’s Religions for any publicly published media documentation of the 2023 Convening.

Permissions from the Parliament must be granted in advance to produce documentary material for any professional use. Please email by May 1, 2023 for details.