Report from the 2018 Parliament of Religions

By Patrick Horn*

The oldest and largest interfaith institution, the Parliament of World’s Religions, convened in Toronto to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the inaugural event at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Over 8,000 people from 220 faith traditions gathered for seven days of dialogue, ritual, and music that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and a more peaceful, just, and sustainable society.

Speakers included Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel, author Karen Armstrong, ecofeminist Dr. Vandana Shiva, and a thousand panel presentations on topics ranging from the environment to indigenous rights, empowering women and youth, and countering violence and hate.

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