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A Letter from the Chair of the Board: Organizational Changes at CPWR

Dear Friends:

It is my difficult task as Chair of our Board of CPWR to announce that the Executive Committee of CPWR has accepted Rev. Dirk Ficca’s resignation as Executive Director of the CPWR.

We are thankful to Rev. Dirk Ficca’s contribution to the interreligious movement. I personally remember him rushing around in the Barcelona Parliament, dressed simply, organizing things, instead of dressing up and being on the stage all the time. That left an impression.

We wish Dirk the best in his future endeavors.

Dr. Mary Nelson, the Vice Chair of the Board of CPWR is going to be our Interim Executive Director. She can be reached at

A few months ago we appointed a Search Committee for the new CEO.. Its members include the following leaders of the interreligious movement: Bill Lesher & Bob Thompson, both Chair Emeritus; Suzanne Morgan and Jim Doty, both members of the International Advisory Board of CPWR; and Bob Henderson and Mary Nelson, both Vice Chairs of the Board. The committee is chaired by Mary Nelson.

The Parliament has tremendous moral and social capital. We are all working on translating this moral and social capital into financial strength for the Parliament so we can be an even better partner in strengthening the interreligious movement.

This world where conflict is increasing needs the interreligious movement more than ever. The CPWR is fully committed to our mission, along with thousands of our electronic participants as members on PeaceNext; hundreds of Ambassadors around the world, members of our Task Forces, our Trustees, and Partner Cities.

Our organization’s statement of purpose reads: “The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

We must continue to strengthen our relationships to connect humanity with a stronger interreligious bond.

One of the most encouraging examples of this positive connection and coalition-buildiing has been the outstanding success of the Muticultural Universal Dialogue which just took place from 29 August to 2 September in Guadalajara, Mexico, organized by one of our long-time partners, Fundación Carpe Diem.  CPWR was represented by Trustee Andras Arthen.

Sometimes we are simply guilty of not telling our story. Here is what will be happening in the next few weeks or so:

1) The Parliament is initiating an important organizing and education campaign, Interfaith Against Hate, generously funded by  IAC Member Suzanne Morgan

2)  The Global Listening Campaign is moving forward with five focus groups happening in Nigeria in the next two weeks, as well as several in Jakarta, Indonesia

3) 24 people have already agreed to lead focus groups across the world to think through the themes for the next Parliament

4) Our Parliament Ambassadors Advisory Group has completed a comprehensive self-survey and have pledged to conduct 80 focus groups in the next 8 weeks

5) We are convening a conference on Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-religious World at Claremont University, sponsored by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

6) In Chicago on Nov. 3rd there to be a major event organized by the Women Task Force of the Parliament, to which the public is invited

With your help and assistance we are bound to move forward.


Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid

Board of the Trustees for
Council for a Parliament of World Religions


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