Next Gen Programming at the 2018 Parliament

The theme of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions hosted in Toronto, Canada from November 1st-7th, 2018 was "The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change". Upon reflection of this, the Next Generation Task Force chose to embrace the promise of inclusion and pursue a program dedicated to creating understanding, reconciliation, and change through intergenerational engagement. For the Next Generation Task Force interfaith has no age but we call on religions and institutions to respect the voices of youth and honor the importance of youth movements in creating lasting change. 

From its inception, the Next Generation Task Force set out to develop an agenda that focused on activism, coalition building, training and skill building, and a post-Parliament action plan. From that agenda, our Task Force has developed a sub-theme, hashtags, an approach, and a number of goals.

Our Sub-Theme: Interfaith Has No Age: Youth Voices for Change

Our Hashtags: #WYD What're You(th) Doing, #YouthVoices4Change

Our Approach: The Next Generation Task Force approached the 2018 Parliament programming through three lenses: academia, the arts, and advocacy/activism.

Our Task Force is engaged "the head", "the heart", and "the feet" of the youth movement with the clear understanding that each lense of the movement is vital and needed to be showcased at the 2018 Parliament. Through each lense, we expanded each of our goals to develop a better understanding of the issues and work with young adults are involved in interfaith work.

Our Goals: The Next Generation program seeks to address the following issues:

  • Mobilizing faith and spiritual communities to end gender-based violence and abuse.
  • Making education a priority and an opportunity for youth globally.
  • Developing youth knowledge of, and responses to the reality of climate change.
  • Establishing faith-based responses to religiously motivated violence and hate.
  • Empowering youth within religious and spiritual institutions.
  • Mobilizing youth and religions in social justice.
  • Mobilizing to support Indigenous youth. 

Are you engaged in the youth movement or actively working on an element of our program? Explore the Parliament programs and join the Next Generation network.