The​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​ ​invites​ ​proposals​ ​for​ ​programs​, presentations,​ and performances at​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​Parliament​ ​of​ ​the​ ​World’s​ ​Religions​, to be held on November​ ​1-7 ​in​ ​Toronto,​ ​Ontario, Canada​.

This seven-day event has in the past featured appearances from luminaries like the His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, President Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, United Nations Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, and President Jimmy Carter.

It has also featured hundreds of important religious and civic leaders, scholars from numerous fields, courageous advocates, and creative artists and performers.

This forthcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions will be the seventh convening and coincide with the 125-year anniversary of the inaugural World Parliament of Religions, one of best-attended congresses held during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, USA.

Recognized as the birth of the modern interfaith movement, the 1893 Parliament is remembered for its groundbreaking interreligious dialogues among leaders of Eastern and Western religious traditions, highlighting interreligious understanding and cooperation as a means of cultivating social harmony. Six subsequent Parliaments hosted in the United States, Europe, Africa and Australia have been attended by more than 40,000 persons from around the world committed to the ideals and advocacy promoted by the modern global interfaith movement.

The 2018 Parliament will also honor the 25-year anniversary of the centenary Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Chicago in 1993, and its landmark document, the Declaration Towards a Global Ethic.

The Mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.

Parliament of the World’s Religions International Events:

  • Serve the world as the premier venue for convening the interfaith movement

  • Attract thousands of people from more than 80 countries and 200 distinct traditions from across the spectrum of faith and conscience around the world

  • Provide opportunities for thousands of participants to network, to learn about new concepts, and to experience life-changing cross-cultural encounters

  • Feature a broad range of educational, practical and inspiring programming from more than 1,000 uniquely qualified delegates from fields including academia, religion, government, diplomacy, global and community development, cultural arts, entertainment and more

  • Present world-renowned luminaries, accomplished experts and persons of international repute in plenary sessions

  • Promote the participation, visibility and wisdom of spiritual and cultural communities to be recognized, engaged, and included in global affairs

  • Equip local, regional, national and international networks and movements promoting peace, justice, and sustainability to share knowledge and strategies, and to foster collaborations for the advancement of global understanding and action, often through an interfaith lens

  • Enable new partnerships between faith-focused, religious and spiritual actors with the guiding institutions of the world (government, NGO, religion, academia, business, media, arts, entertainment and cultural agencies)

  • Showcase the ways in which religious and moral convictions translate into positive social relationships and action, producing benefit to communities at the grassroots and grasstops levels​

Every attendee of the Parliament ​of the World’s Religions brings ​wisdom​ ​to​ ​share​ from the heart of their religious traditions and lives, their scholarship, their artistic talents, and their activism in the causes of justice, peacemaking and sustainability. The purpose​ ​of​ ​the 2018 ​Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto​ ​is​ ​to​ ​encourage and enhance​ ​relationships,​ ​connections​,​ ​​and​ action​ ​throughout the world, all of which strengthen our collective efforts to cause change ​in​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​grassroots organizations,​ ​networks,​ ​and​ ​communities.​ ​
All interested attendees are welcomed and encouraged to register and submit a program proposal by the due dates noted in this call for programs.

Program types may include but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Lecture or oral presentation,

  • Academic paper

  • Seminar

  • Panel discussion

  • Religious or spiritual observance,

  • Workshop,

  • Training session

  • Artistic performance

  • Film

The theme of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is:

The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love:
Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change

 

Programming for the 2018 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:

  • the broad critical issues of our mission statement (justice, peace and sustainability)

  • our critical constituencies (Indigenous Peoples, The Next Generations, and Women and Girls)

  • the signature document of the Parliament of the World's Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic

Programs will also be welcomed focused on additional issues and identities.

A key strategy for the 2018 Parliament is to have clearly identified programs that give attention to the development of global understanding (for example, an enhanced literacy, grasp and appreciation of different religions, cultures, disciplines, concepts, methods, schools of thought; reconciliation (between or among, for example, conflicting or unequal parties, individuals, ideologies, solutions to problems etc.); and change (from an existing condition to a more satisfactory one).

Program proposals are sought in each of these areas or in combinations of them.

Regular programs will be 45, 60, and 90 minutes in length.

Presenters are encouraged to give special attention to proposals that:

  • use creative methods of communication

  • involve members of two or more religious or spiritual communities or groups

  • offer interactive approaches to engage participants

  • model gender balance

  • use new models of collaborative leadership

Programs and presenters will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • relationship to the main themes and/or mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

  • contribution to the overall balance of the 2018 Parliament in terms of religious and spiritual traditions, new as well as well-known voices, academic and experiential formats, and gender balance

  • evidence of strategies that successfully engage and interact with participants

The Guiding Principles of the 2018 Parliament are:  (1) respectful dialogue: we listen and speak with respect (2) non-proselytizing: we do not attempt to convert others or speak derogatorily about any tradition (3) willingness to explore a wide variety of topics: we embody compassion as we engage in difficult conversations 

Please note:

  • Presenters will need to register and pay the registration fee.

  • We offer a reduced registration fee for students.

  • Early registration is reduced in price.

  • We encourage you to explore possible sources of funding from within your community and/or external grant programs.

Timeline:
September 19, 2017    Call for Programs and beginning of ongoing review

March 1, 2018        Program proposal submission deadline

May 1, 2018            Announcement of selected programs

November 1-7, 2018    The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Language:

English will be the official language of the 2018 Parliament.  We encourage you to consider seeking a co-presenter who will be able to assist with any language issues.

To Propose a Session for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:

Proposals may be submitted only through the application form accessed at parliamentofreligions.org/rfp.  No fax, email or paper submissions will be accepted.

Additional copies of the Call for Programs is available for download on the Parliament’s website at: parliamentofreligions.org/rfp

Selected programs will be featured among hundreds of opportunities for our vast number of attendees to choose among a number of fascinating programs from the daily schedule. Each selected program will receive its own breakout slot.

In order to attract attendees to your program, please consider using a creative and compelling program title. The 2018 Parliament program schedule will include information about the subject matter, format, and characteristics about your program. Information about additional advertising and marketing opportunities for programs will be found in the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Advertiser, Exhibitor, and Sponsorship kit.