Cape Town Interfaith Initiative 10th Anniversary Celebration
Legacy Partner City, 1999 Parliament of Religions Host City
Over a decade ago, The Cape Town Interfaith Initiative was organised to galvanize the local interfaith movement and to host the 1999 PWR Cape Town. On May 20, 2010 CTII celebrated its tenth anniversary, its designation as a Legacy Partner City of the Parliament of Religions network, and the launch of the Charter for Compassion in South Africa. Karen Armstrong, a featured speaker at the 2009 Parliament, Melbourne, delivered a special pre-recorded address to acknowledge the decade anniversary and to officially launch the Charter in Cape Town.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the featured keynote speaker, shared the meaningful legacy of the 1999 Cape Town Parliament as well as the critical importance of the Parliament of World's Religions. He also personally addressed representatives via live-stream video from four international cities gathered in Chicago to learn more about hosting the 2014 Parliament.
Earlier in the week, CTII participated in a live-stream video from Cape Town to Chicago to share their experiences in hosting the 1999 Parliament with the four international 2014 Parliament Bid Teams as well.
Programme Directors Elizabeth Petersen and Fagrie Nasiep
Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist Prayers
Music: Desert Rose Yusuf and Lynn
BACKGROUND TO THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION
Speaker: Bishop Peter Storey
MESSAGE FROM KAREN ARMSTRONG
READING OF THE CHARTER
LAUNCH OF CHARTER
Speaker: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Unveiling of Charter for Compassion Plaque
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF CTII AND BOOKLET LAUNCH
Fr John Oliver, Rashied Omar
Archbishop Tutu addresses 2014 Parliament Bid Cities gathered in Chicago
VOTE OF THANKS
Speaker: Gordon Oliver
Music and refreshments