Charles Carroll Bonney

Charles Carroll Bonney was a Chicago lawyer, judge, teacher, author, and orator, best known for serving as President of the World’s Congresses at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. He called to order the first Parliament of the World’s Religions on September 11, 1893.


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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions is headquartered in the City of Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, and other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. 

PoWR recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. We remain committed to the advancement of dignity and justice for Indigenous Peoples’ and their communities in the region and around the world.


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