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2012 Call for Contributors–State of Formation

from State of Formation


We are excited to announce that we will be officially accepting nominations on a bi-annual basis and therefore are calling for nominations and self- nominations for Contributing Scholars for our online forum, State of Formation.

State of Formation is a community conversation between young leaders in formation. Together, a cohort of seminarians, rabbinical students, graduate students and the like – the future religious and moral leaders of tomorrow – will work to redefine the ethical discourse today, particularly as it is used to refract current events and personal experiences. This initiative is supported by a partnership between the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR), Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue (JIRD), Hebrew College, and Andover Newton Theological School.

Over the past year, emerging religious and ethical leaders from around the country have engaged readers around the world by sharing their stories and views on State of Formation. Conversations once dominated by established leaders are now readily embraced by the up-and-comers, and accessible to contributors from many different moral, faith, political, economic, and social backgrounds.

Over the past six months, State of Formation staffs have worked to identify Regional Associations in Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Richmond, and Nashville. These groups strive to showcase the strong work happening within local communities across the country while fostering better relationships between emerging leaders. Through this process, we hope to provide resources for enhancing dialogues across the country in addition to creating a sense of community for State of Formation contributors.

Contributing Scholars to State of Formation will be able to take advantage of the numerous benefits to participating in the State of Formation Contributing Scholars Fellowship. In addition to being recognized as a Contributing Scholar by JIRD and CPWR, they may be eligible for travel grants and may have their work featured in articles on additional platforms like CPWR’s website, PeaceNext, The Huffington Post, Interfaith Youth Core, Pluralism Project, Interfaith Observer, and Tikkun.

Nominees should be currently enrolled in a seminary, rabbinical school, graduate program, or another institution for theological or philosophical formation — or up to three years out of their graduate program in a professional setting. (On rare occasions, exceptions will be made to these guidelines in order to increase the diversity of the writers.)  Emerging leaders from both within and outside of the regional groups are encouraged to apply.

Does this describe you or an emerging leader you know? Please take a moment to fill out our brief nomination form. Nominations for the spring are due March 15, 2012 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Honna Eichler, Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

Click here to visit State of Formation


Tony Blair Faith Foundation on Interreligious Haitian Relief Efforts

Ian Linden, Director of Faiths of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation has written a powerful blog entry on the breadth and vigor of interreligious response to the tragedy in Haiti:
At the forefront of this effort are the co-ordinated efforts of faith based organisations such as World Vision, Christian Aid, Tear Fund, CAFOD and Islamic Relief. It is heartening to see religious divides ignored as a dynamic Muslim organisation like Islamic Relief puts every effort into supporting a population that predominately practice Christianity and traditional Haitian Vodou. This is multi-faith action at its most powerful, compassion as the shared value of all.
To read Ian’s full article, click here.

2009 Parliament Blogged on Reuters

Reuters has just published a blog telling the story of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Unlike many of the overviews that have appeared in the last week, this one was written by Parliament speakers. Paul Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary and Matthew Weiner is program director at the Interfaith Center of New York.

The writers’ participation in the event has enhanced their reportage; this is a warm and conversational introduction that starts with an account of the original 1893 event ripe with the infectiousness of conversation. It looks forward to the influence and breadth of today’s Parliament.

To read the full blog, click here.

What’s Next? PeaceNext


Every five years, the world’s greatest interreligious event welcomes thousands of people to see the world through different eyes. People of different faiths come together to learn, grow and celebrate their diversity. They realize that despite their religious differences, they share a similar calling to build a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. Friendships are made. Wisdom is shared. Lessons are learned. Souls are touched.

Why wait another five years?


The Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is pleased to announce the creation of PeaceNext, our very own social network that will bring together the global interreligious community in dynamic and far-reaching ways.

Share a reflection.


Post a photograph.


Pass along a link.


Celebrate your community’s accomplishments.


Share your city’s interreligious concerns.


Find a friend you met at the Parliament on the other side of the globe.


Meet a new friend who lives on the other side of town.


PeaceNext is not the Parliament, but it’s the digital extension of the event. Friendships are made. Wisdom is shared. Lessons are learned. Souls are touched.

Not every five years, but every single day.

The Council’s Facebook Fan Page!

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) — the organization that administers our international Parliaments, Pre-Parliament Events, Partner Cities Network and more — has just launched a Facebook Fan Page.  The Page includes an interface with all of our YouTube and Flickr content, an RSS/Blog tab where you can read all of our blogs and Twitter posts, a discussion board, informative “Boxes,” a “Wall” for public bulletins and more.  We are happy to bring all of this information together in one location, and hope it will complement our home page as an introduction to the important interreligious work done at the Parliament.

Come on over, sign in to Facebook and become a fan: here!