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Cycle of Conferences

Parliament of the

World's Religions

November 1-7, 2018

Dear Co-workers,


The Cycle of Conferences is placing a focus, beginning today, on the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada, 1-7 November. The theme will be The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change

The original parliament took place in Chicago in 1893, marking a significant milestone in the process of interreligious dialogue between Eastern and Western faiths. We now live in times where the many different faiths are much more aware of each other, as people of all faiths have spread across the globe, and opportunities for interfaith encounters have multiplied. It is of course sadly true that not all of these encounters have been peaceful. Many tensions still exist between believers, particularly in places where a more fundamentalist interpretation of religion holds sway. So focused gatherings like the Parliament continue to be needed. It is here that understanding can deepen, commonalities of interest can be identified, and networks of cooperation can emerge and grow. Thus, people of different faiths can work towards defusing tensions and rectifying injustices.

Perhaps the deeper significance of such meetings lies not so much in collaborative activism in the outer world – important though this may be – but rather in exploring the resonances between the different approaches to eternal truth. Because religions are themselves concerned with ultimate reality, which cannot be adequately reduced to words, it is unsurprising that each one generates a subtly different perspective. Encountering and seeking to understand these overlapping perspectives can be a tremendous force for unification. Also, working together on rituals and ceremonies that can respectfully express something of how these distinct perspectives seek to approach the great Mysteries is bound to increase mutual understanding. Participants in the Cycle of Conferences work can strengthen this process of meditating into existence a world where members of all faiths can jointly participate in spiritually approaching the One Divine Reality.

Our work together begins today and ends on the 7th of November.


Headquarters Group


Cycle of Conferences


Cycle of Conferences: Parliament of the World's Religions, Toronto, 1-7 November 2018

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