About the Parliament of the World's Religions

People of Faith and Conscience Working in Harmony for a More Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World

Welcome to the world’s oldest, largest, most diverse and inclusive convening organization of the global interfaith movement!

We are the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a Chicago-based international interfaith organization that exists to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual traditions and to engage the world’s guiding institutions in order to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

The Parliament traces its origins to back to 1893 where at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, leaders of religions from the east and west first came together for formal dialogue and invented the modern movement of global interfaith dialogue at the first “World’s Parliament of Religions.”

We’ve hosted six international modern Parliaments that have included more than 50,000 thousand people of faith and conscience from around the world, encompassing more than 200 unique religious, spiritual and ethical traditions, and visitors from more than 80 nations. Past convenings in Chicago (1893, 1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), Salt Lake City (2015), and Toronto (2018) featured luminary speakers including His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, President Nelson Mandela, UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, Hindu Saint Swami Vivekananda, and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

We serve alongside our partner organizations, among them, the United Religions Initiative, the Charter for Compassion, and thousands of grassroots, national, and international groups around the world dedicated to the advancement of our core values for a better world. Over the past decade, our involvement with agencies at the United Nations has grown to include our affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information and presentations at annual events, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples, and World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Our signature document, drafted in 1993 by an Assembly of Religious Leaders in consultation with theologian Hans Kung, “Towards a Global Ethic,” inspires the work we continue to advance justice in the world, increase climate action within and across faith communities, counter war, hate, and violence, honor the dignity of women, support the next generation, and stand with Indigenous Peoples.

Get Involved!

We invite you to learn more about us, and to take action as a supporter of the Parliament of the World’s Religions by hosting and activating interfaith activities in your sphere. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.