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Parliament Hosts Chicago Area Faith and Interfaith Leaders in Celebration of WIHW 2020

February 24, 2020

The Parliament hosted the Chicago Interfaith Fair: Our City, Our History, Our Movement on Thursday, February 6 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. The fair was a special celebration of the city, its interfaith history and the critical role it has played in the global interfaith movement.
Attendees enjoyed community organized programming, featured performances and presentations from local partners, and interfaith exhibits. Chicago interfaith organizations and faith communities represented at community tabling included Arise Chicago, OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership, Faith in Place, Spiritual Playdate, Interfaith Youth Core, Niagara Foundation, Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, United for Peace USA, Chicago Theological Seminary’s InterReligious Institute, Catalyst Club, MTO School of Islamic Sufism, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago Baha’i Community, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Lincoln Park Presbyterian, and Little Sikhs.
The Parliament thanks all who partnered with us, contributed to the programming and attended the Chicago Interfaith Fair. If you want to be involved in future Parliament events or with the United Nation’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, contact Miriam Quezada at
Enjoy images and videos from the event below!

Fair Programming & Exhibits
The fair featured programming, presentations, and performances offered by Chicago-based interfaith organizations and faith communities.
Community Programming

Guided Meditation
Sikh community representative led the audience in a meditation practice.

Engaging Communities of Faith on Preventing Underage Substance Abuse
A group of high school students participating in Catalyst Club’s Cultural Connections program presented their research.


Informal Climate Workshop
Elisabeth Graffy, Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, led a conversation on climate action.


Featured Presentations & Performances

The Exhibits
Attendees at the Chicago Interfaith Fair explored the exhibit space that featured exhibits created by the Parliament in addition to artwork by Tony Talwar and the Goddess Banner series.

Faiths of Chicago Series
This series features posters highlighting specific religious traditions and their history in Chicago interspersed with framed quotes from Chicago-based faith leaders on why interfaith is important.
Full PDFs of each poster are available exclusively for Parliament members.


Goddess Banner Series
This art exhibit includes a series of art banners depicting sacred images of the Divine Feminine across diverse cultures from around the world. The series was created by Lydia Ruyle, whose life and work is commemorated in the new film Herstory directed by Isadora Leidenfrost

Chicago Interfaith History Timeline

This timeline display highlights key moments in the history of the interfaith movement in Chicago.

Lotus Grooves Artwork
Tony Talwar’s artwork features religious figures and themes across diverse religious traditions.