PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS – 15- 19 OCTOBER 2015
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.
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 only South African ambassador for this years Parliament.
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.
The first Parliament of World Religions was held in 1893 where Swami Vivekananda delivered his inspiring speech beginning with “Sisters and Brothers of America.” Through which he introduced Hinduism at the opening session of the Parliament.
Should you wish to register for the next Parliament in Salt Lake City,
SOUTH AFRICAN AMBASSADOR PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS 2015 PRETORIA, S.A.