Publications and Reports
Educating Religious Leaders for a Mulit-Religious World
Professors and students from 15 graduate theological schools participated in coursework which culminated at a special symposium at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne. Click here to download the full report (pdf).
2009 Parliament of the World's Religions Report—Melbourne, Australia
Summary report of the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, Australia. Click here to download the report (pdf).
Indigenous Peoples' Statement
A highlight of the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, was an assembly of Indigenous people from around the world. One result of this historic gathering was this document: "An Indigenous Peoples’ Statement to the World."
State of the Interreligious Movement Report
The Council used the International Interreligious Encounter in Monterrey, Mexico as an opportunity to gather 35 religious leaders around the world to discuss the state of the Interreligious Movement. After the September 21-24, 2007 conference, 35 scholars, activists and religious leaders stayed in Monterrey an extra 2 days for the Gathering of Experts, a forum during which ideas, thoughts and reflections were exchanged on the current and future state of the interreligious movement in the participants’ respective cities and countries. The group also reviewed the Interreligious Movement Report, which is a listing of interreligious activities held internationally. Click here to download the report.
2007 Encuentro Report—Monterrey, Mexico
Summary report of the 2007 International Interreligious Encounter or "Encuentro", held in Monterrey, Mexico. In partnership with the Universal Forum of Cultures, the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions hosted Encuentro September 21-24, 2007. Held at Fundidora Park, the theme of Encuentro was “With All Respect, in Every Respect.” The gathering of some 7600 people featured international congresses, dialogues, exhibitions, and cultural and artistic performances on the topics of peace, diversity and sustainability, and provided opportunities for people from diverse sectors to engage with one another on common challenges. Click here to download this document.
2004 Parliament of the World's Religions Report—Barcelona, Spain
Summary report of the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Barcelona, Spain. 9,000 Parliament participants were welcomed from 74 countries to the site of Barcelona’s Universal Forum of Cultures. This unique gathering, held July 7-13, was organized by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions in partnership with the Universal Forum of Cultures—Barcelona 2004 and in association with the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia. People of faith, spirit and goodwill came together to encounter the rich diversity of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, listen to each other with open hearts and minds, dialogue for mutual understanding, reflect on the critical issues facing the world and commit to discovering new pathways to peace. Click here to download this document.
1999 Parliament of the World's Religions Report—Cape Town, South Africa
Summary report of the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 1-8, 1999. Nestled against Table Mountain and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is home to many races, religious traditions, and cultural varieties. Religious, spiritual, cultural, and civic leaders, groups, and communities there worked enthusiastically in partnership with CPWR to make the 1999 Parliament an unforgettable gift to the world. At the 1999 Parliament over 7,000 people from around the world –– teachers, scholars, leaders, believers and practitioners –– came together to experience astonishing spiritual and cultural variety, to exchange insights, to share wisdom, to celebrate their unique religious identities; in short, to be amazed, delighted, and inspired. At the same time, participants wrestled with the critical issues facing the global community, learning about the world situation, and seeking the moral and ethical convergence that leads to shared commitment and action. Click here to dowload this document.
A Call to Our Guiding Institutions
This document was introduced at the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. The Call to Our Guiding Institutions is an appeal for active, ongoing dialogue about the creation of a just, peaceful, and sustainable future. For this reason, the Call consists of specific invitations to various sectors of society, rather than sweeping declarations. Click here to download this document.
Toward a Global Ethic: Initial Declaration
This document was introduced at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, USA. One hundred years later, the drafting of Toward a Global Ethic and the 1993 event itself marked the continuation of a tradition first born at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 when several hundred leaders, scholars, theologians, and other representatives of the world’s religions came together to ponder the place of faith and spirituality in the modern world. As the deliberate formal encounter of many religions this unprecedented gathering marked the beginning of modern interreligious dialogue. Toward a Global Ethic addresses the fundemental actions that the global community needs to make in order to create positive social change. Click here to download this document.
Paul Carus Living Legacy
This short film discusses the legacy of Paul Carus and the impact he left on the interreligious movement. Click here to watch the low bandwidth version. Or, click here to watch the high bandwidth version.