United Religions Initiative Will Feature in More than 50 Programs at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto
United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network, will be featured in more than 50 programs and workshops at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), the largest global interfaith gathering, this November 1 – 7, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, ON.
The 7th PoWR’s seven-day convening will bring thousands of persons together of different religious, spiritual and ethical backgrounds from around the world to explore its theme: "The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change." The Parliament is proud of the ways URI’s presence will showcase real-time grassroots action from locations around the world.
A heavy schedule of events features 1,600 presenters in 900+ programs, workshops, and dialogues across six major tracks that will highlight expert analysis, spiritual wisdom, advocacy training and cultural flair. Music, dance, art and photography exhibitions and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions will take center stage at major events like the Sacred Music Night, the Parliament’s 125th/25th Anniversary Banquet, Indigenous Cultural Awareness certification program, and a first-ever Parliament Interfaith Family Festival, presented in partnership with URI Cooperation Circle Spiritual Playdate, and more.
Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield, PoWR Executive Director, celebrates the partnership URI offers in saying, “We are committed to acknowledging the indelible role grassroots interfaith cooperation has played in the advancement of peace, justice and sustainability on earth. What a privilege it is for the Parliament to be partnered with the world’s largest grassroots interfaith network, a showcase of truly needed collaboration at a time our movement is most necessary to intervene in the rising tide of division, greed, and environmental degradation.”
“We offer our deepest gratitude to URI for its commitment to partnership and impressive achievements, from URI’s efforts at the UN to its growth in hundreds of cities across the world where interfaith groups have the chance to be part of a resource network that connects their local insights and achievements to a fast-growing group of global peacebuilders,” said Dr. Robert P. Sellers, Board Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.