The Parliament of Religions seeks to promote inter-religious harmony among different religions and spiritual communities to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Ambassadors have been selected by Mary Nelson, Executive Director, Parliament of Worlds Religions, Chicago. The term of the Ambassador’s is 2 years from October 2014.63 Ambassadors have been selected from across the Globe with 10 being selected from the Asian Continent – India (5), Pakistani (2), Sri Lanka, Nepal and Russia – (1 each) USA, Canada, Mexico (42), Europe (6), Africa (2), Australia and New Zealand 3.
The next Parliament is to take place at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from the 15-19 October 2015. The Parliament’s focus for 2015 are (1) climate change and care for creation, (2) war, violence and hate speech, (3) the widening wealth gap and wasteful consumption. Three focused constituencies of 2015 are women, indigenous communities and growth.
Ambassadors would engage in supporting Parliament initiatives, take part in inter-faith events, organise pre-parliament events in communities or regions and encourage registration for the next Parliament. Suyan Budhoo who has presented a paper on the Harmony between Science and Religion, in La Salle, Chicago in February 2014 is the South African ambassador for this years Parliament of Religions.
Suyan is the CEO of Success Focus (Pty) Ltd and self development guru, it was therefore a natural progression from Life Coach and Speaker to ambassador as these causes are what she is aligned with. Suyan was involved with the Ramakrishna Youth Organisation and the Catholic Women’s league over a 20 year period. These organisations focused on helping the orphaned, homeless and indigenous communities.
The people that have influenced her life have all been change makers and include Swami Vivekananda, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. These men and women have spent their lives working tirelessly towards a better world. Suyan believes that if each one of us takes it upon ourselves to make this world a better place then such evils such as war and hate crimes would not exist. If we can attain religious harmony and not just religious tolerance, the vision of the World Parliament of Religions for peace can and will become a reality. The one tool that will help attain harmony is knowledge. Through my blog I am going to attempt to share my knowledge with you and I hope that you will be better informed and enjoy our daily reads.