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Interfaith Organization Hosting Thousands of Spiritual Activists Online

Friday, October 1, 2021 – 09:00
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For Immediate Distribution

In 15 days the world’s oldest and most inclusive interfaith organization is gathering thousands of grassroots organizers and religious leaders for the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

CHICAGO, IL (October 1, 2021) – On October 16th at 7 pm ET, the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions kicks off its 8th global Convening of interfaith activists, religious leaders, scholars, and practitioners from all the world’s faith to address the theme: “Opening Our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action.”

The 2021 Parliament is unique in the long history of these Convenings, with its inaugural Convening held in Chicago in 1893. The 2021 Parliament will be the first to be hosted online, featuring 48 hours of live programming from around the world and made available exclusively to registrants for 30 days after. The Convening offers a unique opportunity for people of all faiths devoted to peace, justice and sustainability to connect through interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

Offering over 575 programs during the live 48 hours and over 100 luminaries of diverse faith and spirituality, the 2021 Parliament provides attendees a unique and safe opportunity to explore notions of grief, hope and inspiration, compassion in action, justice, climate change, women’s dignity and human rights, and more. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Chief Rabbi David Rosen, Reverend James Lawson, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Chief Oren Lyons, Reverend William J. Barber II and Al-Azhar Grand Imam’s Deputy Muḥammad ˁAbdur-Raḥmān Muḥammad Aḍ-Ḍuwīnī are just a few of the inspiring luminaries featured.

Parliament Program Chair, Rev. Phyllis Curott, emphasizes the diversity and richness of the programming, “In this time  of growing global challenges, the world’s faiths are gathering to share our grief,  our hope and our actions that express the deep compassion that heals our suffering.  When the world’s faiths gather in all their diversity we inspire one another with the best of our humanity and we bless one another with all that we need to mend what has been broken.”

Peoples of faith and conscience can still join this historic Convening and add their voice to the diversity of the global interfaith movement. This October, join the 2021 Parliament on your computer, from your home or church, temple, mosque, school, library, or outdoors, from across the globe. Registration is available at until October 15th.

Learn more about the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions at

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About The Parliament of the World’s Religions: The Parliament of the World’s Religions cultivates harmony among the world’s spiritual traditions and fosters their engagement with guiding institutions in order to achieve a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Its origins are rooted to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where the historic first convening of the World Parliament of Religions created a global platform for engagement of religions of the east and west. Headquartered in Chicago, Il, USA, the Parliament of the World’s Religions is an international 501(c)3 NGO affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information.