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Parliament of the World’s Religions

Craig Selizer at The Peace and Collaborative Development Network brought this to my attention.  The next Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held next December in Melbourne, Australia.  The Parliament’s organizer, The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, is one of the major actors in trying to foster inter-religious understanding, peace and cooperation–and the Parliament itself is probably the world’s largest inter-religious gathering.  This movement goes all the way back to the 19th century (Here is an historical overview of their activities) !

Here is the Council’s “vision”

“The vision of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which:

* Religious and spiritual communities live in harmony and contribute to a better world from their riches of wisdom and compassion
* Religious and cultural fears and hatreds are replaced with understanding and respect
* People everywhere come to know and care for their neighbors
* The richness of human and religious diversity is woven into the fabric of communal, civil, societal and global life
* The world’s most powerful and influential institutions move beyond narrow self-interest to realize common good
* The Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored
* All people commit to living out their highest values and aspirations.”

You can learn a lot about the Melbourne Parliament here .

The importance of a movement like this is obvious.  Religion has to be part of the solution in regard to peace and world order, and not part of the problem.


March 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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