#2021PoWR | The Opening Ceremony and Plenary

An opening ceremony for the history books! Inspiring keynotes, sacred blessings, and messages of hope from around the world were just a few of the highlights from the Opening Ceremony and Plenary of the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions, streamed on Saturday, October 16th.

The plenary began with land blessings from Indigenous leaders from five regions of the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and Central America. The blessings set a tone for the next 48 hours of the 2021 Parliament, one that emphasized the sacred beauty of the world's religious and spiritual traditions while acknowledging the importance of the interfaith movement and the critical issues affecting our world.