2018 TORONTO

November 1, 2018, marked the opening of the seventh global convening of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto. More than 8300 people of faith and conscience gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with love for each other and in inclusive dialogue for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Women's Dignity Poster

The Parliament of the World's Religion's Women's Task Force (PWTF), in partnership with the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion, has created this Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster. The poster highlights wisdom teachings that support the Dignity of Women from various religious, wisdom, and faith traditions. Alicia Panganiban and Dr. Elizabeth Ursic are Co-chairs of the Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster Project.  Alicia Panganiban, Co-chair of the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion states,  "Our generation has declared that now is the time to champion dignity of women. Thus, this Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Project is among AAR-SBL Women’s Caucus and Women’s Task Force of the Parliament response to the cry of our time. We envision this joint project as a threshold in this moment in history where the dignity of women is upheld everywhere, locally and globally-at home, schools, churches, workplaces, communities, and worldwide. We wish to highlight the important role of faith and religion in this movement. Thus, through this Interfaith Wisdom Project, we hope to raise public awareness of the wisdom sayings of various traditions that support the dignity of women. As we debut the Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster at the Parliament, we hope to have copies of the poster displayed in our homes, schools, and workplaces as a dazzling emblem of our generation. "We have always done it this way but rather Since all the major world's religions (including your own) support the dignity of women, how does limiting women's access to these life-giving opportunities and rights support women's dignity? The dignity of women should be a baseline for worldwide justice and the teaching of the world's religions can and should be used to support it!"Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster Citations Baháʼí Poster’s Full Quote with Citations"And among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be." ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 302. Buddhism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“A girl-child, O Lord of men, may proveEven a better offspring than a male.For she may grow up wise and virtuous,Her husband's mother reverencing, true wife.The child she may bear may do great deeds,And rule great realms, yea such a sonOf noble wife becomes his country's guide.”Caroline A. F. Rhys Davids, trans. The Book of the Kindred Sayings (Saṃyutta-nikāya), Part I.Oxford: Pali Text Society, 1992-1994. Christianity Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:18 Hinduism Poster’s Full Quote with CitationAjyesthaaso Akanisthaasa YeteSam Bhraataro Vaavrudhuh Soubhagaya - RigVeda, Mandala-5, Sukta-60, Mantra-5‘No one is superior or inferior; all are brothers; all should strive for the interest of all andprogress collectively’. RigVeda, Mandala-5, Sukta-60, Mantra-5https://sites.google.com/site/rammadhav/human-dignity-and-human-rights-hindu-perspective Jainism Poster’s Full Quote but no Citation"A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception(Anant-darshana), perfect knowledge (Anant-jnana), perfect power (Anant-virya), and perfect bliss (Anant-sukha)." - Lord Mahavir’s Teachings Judaism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“And God created humankind in the divine image, creating it in the image of God--creating them male and female.” Genesis 1:27 Islam Poster’s Full Quote with Citation"The believers, men and women, are "Awliy," (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of oneanother, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma`ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam ordersone to do);and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and allthat Islam has forbidden). they offer their prayers perfectly (lqamat-as-Salat), and give the Zakatand obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy on them.”[ Surah 9:71]  Paganism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“[The Germanic pagan peoples] believe that there dwells, in women, something sacred and prophetic, and so they welcome their counsel and do not disregard their words.”Tacitus, Germania Sikhism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“From a woman, man is born; man is conceived in the womb of a woman; to a woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; and because of woman, the future generations continue. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; through a woman he is bound with this world. So why speak ill of her from whom kings are born? A woman is born from a woman; there is none without a woman. O Nanak, the only one without a woman is the One True Lord. That mouth (irrespective of gender) which praises the Lord continually is blessed and beautiful; O Nanak, those faces are radiant in the Court of the True Lord.”- Guru Nanak Dev ji, Vaar Aasaa, Ang 473 Spiritual, but not Religious Poster’s Full Quote with No Citation“Men and women are by nature the same.” Taoism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation“The Spirit of the valley never dies.They call it wondrous female.Through the portal of her mysteryCreation ever wells forth.It lingers like gossamer and seems not to beYet when summoned, ever flows freely.”~ Laozi’s Daode Jing, verse 6 ((Primary Scripture of Taosim, translated by Douglas Allchin) Zoroastrianism Poster’s Full Quote with Citation”May a good ruler, a man or a woman (nā vā nāirī vā), rule us, in both existences” (huxšaθrastū nə̄ nā vā nāirī vā xšaētā ubōiiō aŋhuuō). **In Y. 41.2 Women and men were considered capable of being good leaders in both the corporeal and spiritual worlds.

2018 Parliament | Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash Addresses the Climate Assembly

Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash, the Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, addresses the 2018 Parliament as part of the Climate Action Assembly. The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions was hosted from November 1st through November 7th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hosted in collaboration with the local Toronto interfaith and faith communities, the seventh Parliament convening gathered to engage on the theme, "The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change".

2018 Parliament | Sakena Yacoobi Addresses the Women's Assembly

The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions was hosted from November 1st through November 7th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hosted in collaboration with the local Toronto interfaith and faith communities, the seventh Parliament convening gathered to engage on the theme, "The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change". Learn more at parliamentofreligions.org/2018

The 2018 Parliament Report

The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions was hosted from November 1st through November 7th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hosted in collaboration with the local Toronto interfaith and faith communities, the seventh Parliament convening gathered to engage on the theme, "The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change".The 2018 Parliament Report is a virtual publication that highlights critical programs, keynotes, and experiences at the largest convening of the global interfaith movement. This report was made possible by the financial support of Dr. Manohar Singh Grewal. On behalf of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for Dr. Grewal’s continued support of the global interfaith movement and his commitment to the Parliament’s legacy.A special thank you to our staff and volunteers who made the drafting of this report possible.
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