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Date: 2015-11-25
TitleJustine Willis Toms Attends Parliament of the World’s Religions, New Dimensions Radio
Details: A group of us attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions together as part of the Millionth Circle Initiative. We gave several presentations at the Parliament, which left us with quite a bit of time to enjoy a virtual cornucopia of offerings. There were over 500 workshops and talks as well as several plenary sessions each day. So, with 9500 people attending, one can imagine the overwhelming choices to be made. Prior to the formal opening of the Parliament, we began on Tuesday with our small circle of Millionth Circle conveners. We welcomed several visitors to this “deepening” and they added much to our day together.


 

Date: 2015-11-24
TitleMeditations, Parliament of Religions Gathers 50 FaithsStanwood Camano News (Washington State)
Details: “The solemn charge which the Parliament (of Religions) preaches to all true believers is a return to the primitive unity of the world. … The results may be far off, but they are certain.” — John Henry Barrows, 1893. Just a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City there was a rather miraculous gathering of 10,000 folks from nearly 80 countries representing over 50 faith traditions. That there even exists a “Parliament of the World’s Religions” was news to me. Wow! What a hope-filled and historic event — especially since the first such gathering was held in Chicago in 1893. One of the stated goals was “to encourage the spirit of harmony and to celebrate, with openness and mutual respect, the rich diversity of religions.” 


 

Date: 2015-11-14
TitleInterfaith Initiative: Movement thriving around the world, The Centre Daily Time
Details: For several years, Interfaith Initiative Centre County has worked “to foster compassion, charity and goodwill, and to build a healthy interfaith community by promoting respect, understanding, cooperation and friendship among Centre County’s faith communities and their individual members.” Religion is thus made a uniting, rather than a dividing force in our region.


 

Date: 2015-11-13
TitleDocumentary Screened on the Maha Khumba Mela, NYOOZ.com via the Hindu
Details: Summary: Ambili Ramnath’s documentary on the Maha Kumbha Mela was recently screened at The Parliament of the World’s ReligionsThe Kumbha Mela has stood the test of time. A Maha Kumbha Mela, on the other hand, takes place only after 12 Purna Kumbha Melas – that is every 144 years. “I wanted to document the fete because it was the Maha Kumbha Mela, a once in a lifetime opportunity. During the Maha Kumbha Mela, a separate township is set up on the banks of the river. She adds: “The science behind the Maha Kumbha Mela is that it happens when the Sun, Jupiter and Earth line up in a particular position.


 

Date: 2015-11-13
TitleParliament of the World’s Religions Reclaims the Heart of Humanity” The Asian Age (India)
Details: Over 9,000 delegates and other participants from 73 countries, representing 30 major religions and 548 sub-traditions, attended the 6th Parliament of the World Religions held a few weeks ago at Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. The overarching theme was “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity Working for Compassion, Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development”, and the gathering at the sprawling Salt Lake Convention Centre did just that over five glorious days in October. The 10,000-strong gathering had their hands full through all five days, welcoming, meeting, jostling each other, singing, thinking, speaking formally, talking informally, listening, eating and drinking singly or eating together at the Sikh langar, demonstrating, selling, enticing, appreciating, applauding, amusing, worshipping, praying, responding, helping, exhibiting, multi-tasking, guarding or thanksgiving.


 

Date: 2015-11-09
TitleFaith Matters: A Challenge to Move from Prayer to Action at the Parliament of the World’s ReligionsThe Recorder (Massachusetts)
Details:  (Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email [email protected] or call 413-772-0261, ext. 265.)GREENFIELD — Have you ever had one of those moments where you were struck by a scene of great beauty? Maybe it was a radiant autumn sunset or the sight of laughing children at the playground. For whatever reason, the experience catches you by surprise. This wellspring of joy bubbles up deep inside you and if any word can be uttered at all, it is “wow” or “amazing” or “beautiful.”


 

Date: 2015-11-06
Title“My View: Moral, economic, health imperatives to act on climate change,” Deseret News
Details: The soft-spoken, gentle man invited me to remove my shoes, don a white cap and wash my hands before eating lunch. His tight turban and long uncut beard unmistakably identified him as one the Sikhs who offered a free lunch daily to all the 9,800 attendees at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Their generosity and caring was typical of the attendees of the Parliament.


 

Date: 2015-11-04
Title2 Women 2 Takeaways Meeting Across Continents and Cultures to Create Peace, Pakistan Christian Post
Details:  What I originally thought was a disaster in last minute having to take over a friend’s registration to the Parliament of the World’s Religions turned in to a great opportunity to attend this auspicious event and meet Benish Shami, a young muslimah committed to partnering with my Christian friends to help the poorest of the poor around Islamabad. The Parliament in Salt Lake City was so large - over 10,000 came from 80 countries and representing 50 faith traditions - even days spent there surely could only scratch the surface to understand how so many can individually and collectively make a dent in the Parliament initiative to Reclaim the Heart of Our Humanity by promoting compassion, peace, justice, and sustainability around the world. 


 

Date: 2015-11-04
TitleParliament of the World’s Religions, Green Building as a Practical Response to Global Issues, U.S. Building Green Council
Details: Every time I travel and meet new people, I realize anew the power of the green building movement. Last week, Kimberly Lewis and I joined 10,000 interfaith religious leaders from around the world at the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with local USGBC volunteers and members of USGBC Utah, we exhibited and presented at this global event. 


 

Date: 2015-11-03
TitleA Speech to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Indian Country Today Media Network
Details: I want to pay my respects to the Original Nations on whose territory this building now stands. I want to acknowledge the ancestors who have loved this land with prayerful and ceremonial conduct, based on their insight about the need for sacred relations with Mother Earth, with pristine Waters, and with Life in all its forms and manifestations. I want to acknowledge the original free and independent existence of our nations and peoples extending back to the beginning of time through our oral histories and our oral traditions.


 

Date: 2015-11-02
TitleDispatch: The Parliament of the World’s Religions”,  Huffington Post
Details: A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a panelist at The Parliament of World Religions conference in Salt Lake City. The Parliament of World Religions held its first conference in 1893, and since this date has attracted such remarkable speakers including: His Holiness The Dalai Lama, former president Jimmy Carter, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Vandana Shiva, and Dr. Eboo Patel. In September, I was in New York City when a professor asked me in person if I would be willing to join a Parliament panel and talk about my book, A Widow’s Guide to Healing, and immediately my heart was in my throat. It was not one of my finer professional moments as I couldn’t even muster up the words, “Thank you.” I didn’t answer “yes”. I said I had to think about it and this was partly true. I would need to make travel and work arrangements to get coverage at my day job, where I am a clinical social worker.


 

Date: 2015-11-01
TitleGathering of Religious Leaders Broadens Minds, Daily Journal (Indiana)
Details: As is true of many people, I love encountering unfamiliar cultures when I travel. Yet, I will always remember my four days at the recent Parliament of the World’s Religions as taking my exposure to unfamiliar cultures to a new level.Every time I walked down a hallway in the massive Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, frequented an exhibit or listened to a presentation, my sense of the world expanded.Ten thousand religionists, whether practitioners, scholars or world leaders, gathered both to celebrate the world’s religious diversity and to stand together against climate change, racism, violence against women and violence in the name of religion


 

Date: 2015-11-01
Title“Activists Vs. Dialogue at the Parliament” Patheos.com (Interfaith Encounters)
Details: “Would the fundamentalists have shown up for a pluralistic conference that respects multiple viewpoints anyway” This was a recent posting I saw regarding the Parliament of the World’s Religions failure to engage Christian conservatives as well as many other groups.It makes a big assumption: that conservative religious groups aren’t interested in dialogue, which really isn’t the case. I regularly host and moderate dialogue involving conservative Jews, Muslims, and Christians along with those from far more liberal traditions. Conservatives are willing to dialogue about social issues, as long as the results aren’t determined in advance.


 

Date: 2015-11-01
TitleA Beautiful Family of Faith, The Garden Island (Hawaii)
Details: KOLOA — Through October, a bowl of sea glass has been sitting on the communion table at Koloa Union Church. Rev. Dr. Alan Akana, the church’s pastor, placed it there to remind his congregation of two significant beliefs. For Akana, it is a symbol of their brokenness and the rough places in their lives: Each piece of sea glass is a broken part of a bottle, jar or window that has been tossed and turned by the waves among rocks, shells and sand. Second, it is a symbol of their beauty as a congregation: All the broken pieces of glass create a beautiful display; they are different colors, shapes and sizes, and together, they are stunning. “The collection of sea glass is a symbol of the church, for they come together in their brokenness, and they are a beautiful family of faith,” Akana said.


 

Date: 2015-10-31
TitleTime Has Come to Reclaim the Heart of Our Humanity, The SouthAsian Link
Details: The Parliament of the World’s Religions called its fifth global conference to bring people of faiths, belief systems, religions and spiritual traditions, from October15-19, at Salt Lake City, Utah, USA for creating just, peaceful and sustainable world.More than 9000 participants came from 80 countries representing 50 major religious and spiritual traditions. The Program Committee received about 2000 proposals for presentation and with great review only 630 were accepted.  People traveled many miles to Salt Lake City to inter into respectful, appreciative and cooperative relationship.”To organize such a huge successful global conference, the members of different committees really worked hard”, were the words of chair of the Program Committee- Dr. Mohammad A. Siddiqi.


 

Date: 2015-10-31
TitleThe Parliament of World’s Religions and the Future of Religion, Patheos (PointedlyPagan)
Details: The Parliament of the World’s Religions, held from October 15-19, in Salt Lake City, was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life. For 5 days nearly 10,000 people gathered in Salt Lake’s enormous Salt Palace, virtually all of us as serious practitioners of our religious paths. With few exceptions all of us also appeared to accept paths other than our own as well worth walking.Over 50 religions were represented. Among modern NeoPagans (as I use the term) Wiccans were joined by Asatru and others rooted in the pre-Christian practices of Europe. Among the broader collection of Pagans worldwide we were joined by traditional practitioners from North and Central America, Shinto, Maori, and I would imagine others whom I neither saw, heard, nor met. We Pagans were joined in the friendliest manner by Muslims and Jews, Buddhists and Hindus, Sikhs and Baha’is, Jains and Christians, and so many more. Some attending were leaders within their traditions, others were practitioners with open minds and hearts.


 

Date: 2015-10-30
TitleStanding Between the Worlds at Samhain, Patheos
Details: Thanks to the work of Pagan pioneers – Phyllis Curott, Andras Corban-Arthen, Angie Buchanan, and others – the Parliament embraced us. We found ourselves creating and leading multifaith ceremonies; meeting indigenous leaders; debating actions on climate change; sitting on panels to share ideas about pastoral counseling, about what it meant to be a priestess; presenting Goddess spirituality to people of all nations, ethnicities and faiths.


 

Date: 2015-10-30
TitleFresnans Share Insights from Parliament of World’s Religions, The Fresno Bee
Details: A number of faith leaders and teachers from Fresno participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City this month – a five-day conference that drew more than 10,000 people from more than 80 countries and 50 religious and spiritual traditions.The conference, founded in 1893 in Chicago, featured a long lineup of renowned leaders and scholars from around the world, including people like Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva and Karen Armstrong. The Dalai Lama was scheduled to speak but canceled because of health issues. The conference also included more than 1,000 smaller workshops and panels.The Fresno residents who participated in the conference shared some of their takeaways:We have a lot in common: Spending days immersed in a swirl of speakers, music, art and dance from religious traditions across the world had a soothing effect on retired pastor Arville Earl, who attended the gathering with son-in-law Chris Breedlove, pastor ofCommunity United Church of Christ in Fresno.


 

Date: 2015-10-29
Title: “Tripping to Peace at Salt Lake: Individual States or All New Kingdom?”, Spokane FAVS
Details: The recent Parliament of World Religions was a gathering of about 10,000 seekers of peace and creation-care in a huge convention center, replete with world renowned speakers and timely workshops galore. There were times when the speaker had us almost cheering and standing on our seats, times of relaxing conversation rooms and wide hallways, times watching groups of youth dressed in red robes march in unison beating drums or a young group of Medlevi Dervishes spinning the universe. Then there was the parade of 40 women dressed in angel wings, sparkling with little lights, filing through the rooms, followed by a tall male leader blessing us with his magical wand, herding his ladies. What was that message?


 

Date: 2015-10-29
Title“Learn How Many Faiths Can Come Together,” Stephens Point Journa
Details: EDITOR: I just returned from the Parliament of World Religions, a gathering of over 14,000 people representing all faiths and spiritual paths. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Healing the Heart of Humanity”As attendees, we couldn’t help but notice that despite our large numbers, our love, open hearts and shared desire to help humanity and our planet, created a sanctuary — a place where we could get to know each other, learn from each other, respect our differences and join together in purpose to help and heal all people. This love transcended all language barriers.One of the basic tenants of our gathering, was the belief that all life matters. Everyone. No exceptions. And there is no hierarchy stating that some lives matter more than others.


 

Date: 2015-10-29
TitleSikhs Excel at Parliament of the World’s Religions, Sikh Siyasat News
Details: The highlight of the Parliament of World’s Regions was the ‘Guru Ka Langar’ which was a combined effort of the Sikhs across the US and worldwide. A special note of thanks, to local sangat of the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib of Utah for taking the lead, providing volunteers and services in every area of the ‘Guru Ka Langar’. Thanks to Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewa Jatha (GNSSJ) of UK for bringing in excellent displays and providing volunteers to serve the ‘Guru Ka Langar’. Thanks to the Khalsa Care Foundation of Los Angeles, CA, for providing phenomenal services to cook the ‘Guru Ka Langar’ at the Gurdwara Sahib and provide an outstanding sewa overall. Thanks to these and all other ‘panthic’ organizations for providing financial support for the ‘Guru Ka Langar’ to be a resounding success and making a lasting imprint in all the attendees.


 

Date: 2015-10-29
TitleIndia’s Religious Leaders Participate at Parliament of the World’s Religions in Utah, India West
Details: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekananda made history at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the spiritual leaders of India traveled here for the world’s sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions, where they took a resounding stand for a Swachh Bharat and to help save our world’s dwindling water resources, according to a press release. Approximately 10,000 leaders from 50 religious traditions and 80 nations participated in the historic event that took place from Oct. 15 to 19 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.


 

Date: 2015-10-29
TitleDocumenting Religious Peace, Vestavia Voice (Alabama)
Details: With so much faith- and culture-based unrest in today’s world, it’s difficult to believe there’s a little slice of India that has a 2,000-year-old history of harmony between several of the world’s religions. Located along the southern west coast of India, Kerala measures only 360 miles in length. But from the first century A.D., Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism have had a happy home in a small region there, joined by Islam in the seventh century. Dr. N. S. Xavier, a Birmingham psychiatrist and Vestavia Hills resident, said he has always been taken with the tale of Kerala and decided to tell the story in a film, “The World’s Most Enlightening Region.” “I decided to make the documentary to enlighten people about the area’s unique 2,000 years of ongoing interfaith harmony and instances of peaceful resolution of extremism,” Xavier said. “The lessons from these examples can promote peace and happiness at various levels from individual to global.”


 

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Date: 2015-10-29
Title: “Will World Religions Stand In Support Of Justice From Ferguson To Palestine?”, Jewish Voice for Peace
Details: “Where is peace? Wherever you let peace in! I cannot stand here before you today, without praying that the wounds of the holocaust and genocide for all people are healed, and that there is justice for my cousins the Palestinian people. From Ferguson, where black lives matter, to Gaza — may this be the year that we bring down all the walls of separation and make justice happen in our time!” concluded Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb in her prayer at the opening ceremony. Immediately, nearly 10,000 people leapt to their feet in a standing ovation, resounding in applause for Rabbi Lynn’s heartfelt invocation of peace with justice. And so began the Parliament of World Religions, held in Salt Lake City, October 15-19.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-28
TitleSaint Viator’s Justice League Attends Interfaith Summit, The Daily Herald
Details: Students in Saint Viator's Justice League hit the road again to learn about diversity.They returned recently from a trip to Salt Lake City to attend the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions, whose stated mission is "working together for a world of compassion, peace, justice and sustainability"."Religious violence and discrimination are a big problem in our world today, as you see on the news every day," said Emily Egan, a religion teacher and moderator of the Justice League. "We want to make it a priority for Justice League students to understand interfaith peace and cooperation."


 

Date: 2015-10-28
TitleClaremont Lincoln Showcases Interfaith at Parliament of World’s Religions, Claremont Lincoln University via PRweb
Details: Claremont Lincoln University took the stage in international conversations on interfaith as a presenter and major sponsor of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City.The university spearheaded numerous presentations during the five-day event and unveiled its new interfaith certificate programming, highlighting the growing need for dialogue and collaboration among faiths to bring about positive social change and to restore health to communities afflicted by violence, indifference and discrimination


 

Date: 2015-10-27
Title: “One conference won’t change the world, but it can spread hope,” The Christian Centure
Details: The long line snaked past the shoe cubbies and head-covering bins. It terminated well outside the exhibit hall as hundreds of people ate—or waited to eat—lunch. Arriving a bit earlier or a bit later would have made no difference. Everyone wanted to be part of this spiritual practice, and we were no exception. Friendly young adults, dressed in white, moved down the line and cheerfully explained the history of the event. Soon enough, we were seated in a row on the floor. Another row of people sat facing us. One by one, servers brought trays: rice, curried vegetables, water, salad, a cup, utensils, mango lassi. Second and third helpings ensured that no one left hungry. The Sikh community offered langar, which means “common kitchen,” to all 9,000-plus registrants at last week's Parliament of the World’s Religions. It was immensely popular, and I suspect this was not simply about the free food. The langar became the perfect symbol for the hope, courage, and conviction surging throughout the convention center. The langar practice was started by the first Sikh guru in 16th-century India. Serving everyone a free meal—regardless of religion, gender, or social status—was a revolutionary idea back then. Today, it serves as a reminder of the Sikh ethic that views all of humanity as one


 

Date: 2015-10-27
TitleParliament global path for Woods School art, Lake Geneva Current
Details: Also attending the parliament was Linda Higdon, of Elkhorn. In a telephone interview, Higdon said she and her husband, Paul, were active in helping fund a child services center and orphanage in Kenya. The stated goal of the parliament is harmony, not unity.No one is trying to convert anyone else. Instead, the different religions seek harmony in finding ways to deal with and overcome problems facing everyone on the planet, Higdon said.There was no finger pointing, said Higdon. “But it wasn’t all kumbaya, either,” she said.Higdon said she and her husband are now developing a program called Global Heart Journeys, in which they will arrange for American women to meet their counterparts in African nations. Higdon said the first trip will be to Kenya.


 

Date: 2015-10-26
Title: “Helping teens find their voice in faith communities“, NewsOK
Details: Many religious adults underestimate the contribution young people can make in their faith communities, according to Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor of KidSpirit, an online, interfaith community where 11- to 17-year-olds can read and write stories about moral questions."There's a feeling among kids that adults don't want to listen to them," Hochman said, noting that teenagers are more often the subject rather than the leaders of discussions on the future of faith.At this month's Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Hochman bucked that trend, bringing two of her high school contributors to speak at a panel on interfaith cooperation among young people.


 

Date: 2015-10-25
Title: “SUU students learn from world religious leaders“, St. George Daily Spectrum
Details: A group of students from Southern Utah Universityrecently spent five days during fall break volunteering at the sixth Parliament of the World's Religions in downtown Salt Lake City.An estimated 10,000 people traveled from around the globe to attend the event featuring speakers like Dr. Jane Goodall, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Terry Tempest Williams and other top religious scholars and writers.Rachel Leibold, president of the SUU Newman club, is a member of Christ the KingCatholic church in Cedar City. She said she volunteered at the event to increase her knowledge about religions from around the world.


 

Date: 2015-10-24
Title: “Religion reads: Why religious 'nones' go to divinity school”, Helena Independent Record
Details: Good morning! "Religion reads" is a series of roundups where I share interesting religion stories I read during the week. I hope you'll use the comments section to share articles about faith and values you found particularly intriguing. More Students, Secular but Feeling a Call, Turn to Divinity Schools (The New York Times) There's a growing number of secular students enrolling at divinity schools. Harvard appears to be the center of the boomlet, but religious "nones" are also attending more liberal Protestant schools, such as Chicago Theological Seminary. Samuel Freedman reports there are two factors driving the surge: the growing proportion of nones in the U.S. and a need for training in moral discourse and congregational leadership. "The traits appeal to nones who aspire to careers in activism, social work, chaplaincy or community organizing rather than taking to a pulpit."


 

Date: 2015-10-24
Title“Helping Teens Find Their Voice in Faith Communities, Deseret News National
Details: Many religious adults underestimate the contribution young people can make in their faith communities, according to Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor of KidSpirit, an online, interfaith community where 11- to 17-year-olds can read and write stories about moral questions."There's a feeling among kids that adults don't want to listen to them," Hochman said, noting that teenagers are more often the subject rather than the leaders of discussions on the future of faith.At this month's Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Hochman bucked that trend, bringing two of her high school contributors to speak at a panel on interfaith cooperation among young people.


 

Date: 2015-10-24
Title: “World’s religions unite to promote peace”, Toledo Blade
Details: The Parliament of the World’s Religions held its sixth meeting Oct. 15 through Monday in Salt Lake City, with 10,000 people from 80 countries and 50 religions represented.This was the international assembly’s third time in the United States. The parliament’s first two meetings — in 1893 and 1993 — were in Chicago.The 19th-century meeting, positioned to connect with the World’s Fair also in Chicago, was the first global gathering with the purpose of recognizing religious pluralism and coexistence. One hundred years later, the parliament was revived and has been held about every five years, but at this year’s closing ceremony the parliament announced plans to move to a two-year schedule, with the next meeting in 2017.Toledo was represented and honored at the 2015 international multifaith event. Judy Lee and Woody Trautman and Linda and Jim Morford, active with the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio, were attendees. The couples first met at the 2004 parliament, in Barcelona.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “Inequality as a Religious Test”, Huffington Post
Details: The potential of an assembly like the Parliament of the World’s Religions — where I spoke last week in Salt Lake City, Utah — is its ability not just to celebrate religious diversity, but also to provide the opportunity to get to the heart of urgent matters that people of faith must address.The banner on the stage read, “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity.” And one might wonder, at an interfaith gathering like this one, why the organizers devoted a major plenary session to the issue of income inequality. Surely it’s an economic issue, as our systems structure wealth towards the wealthy at the top. Clearly it’s a political issue, as wealth and the wealthy shape and control our politics.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “The Parliament of the World’s Hats”, Huffington Post
Details: Last week I attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a gathering at Salt Lake City of 10,000 people from around the world. My first impression was amazement at the variety of headgear on display as I wandered the halls of the gargantuan Salt Palace convention center, located just a block from the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Temple Square. Visible were turbans of all colors, skullcaps, various forms of the fez, hijab scarves of many styles, feathered head-dresses, yak-fur-lined Tibetan caps, and baseball caps like the one I wore. One of the huge assembly rooms had been turned into a “langar” hall, where the Sikhs of Utah fed all comers a tasty Indian vegetarian meal, for free, at noontime. Everyone was asked to cover their heads with their hats or with scarves the Sikhs provided. At the langar, I met a former USC student who had been part of our Interfaith Council. In the years since she graduated, she’s practiced a blend of Sufi Islam, White Sikhism (3HO - Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization based in Espanola, NM), and a version of Japanese Buddhism. As we gazed around at all the hats and scarves, she explained to me that the head should be covered to protect the crown shakra, to keep the kundalini energy contained.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “Catholics called to dialogue at 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City”, Intermountain Catholic
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The Parliament of the World’s Religions opened in Salt Lake City with a procession led by American Indians wearing traditional feathered headdresses, followed by men and women dressed in religious attire of robes and saris, turbans and scarves, followed by flag bearers representing the different countries participating in the event.“With love in our hearts, compassion in our minds, and a smile on our faces to reclaim the heart of humanity, I declare the sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions open,” said Imam Malik Mujahid, chairman, in his opening remarks at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center Oct. 15. The event continued through Oct. 19. Among the many dignitaries, Utah Governor Gary Herbert welcomed the 9,500 participants from 80 countries to Utah, which has become “a home for a variety of faiths that have brought an abundance of goodwill to our state,” he said.In a letter addressed to Parliament participants, the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, was asked by Pope Francis to convey the message that this year’s Parliament “has special significance, since it occurs during the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council, which addressed relations between the Church and other religions.” 


 

Date:2015-10-23
Title: “At Parliament, nuncio speaks of climate change” Intermountain Catholic
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke about climate change and the importance of sustaining a healthy world at the Parliament of the World’s Religions at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center Oct. 18.Others who spoke were Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, Karenna Gore, Brian McLaren, His Excellency Dr. Saleh Abdullah M. Bin Himeid, and the Imam of Mecca, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.“What kind of world do we want to leave to future generations?” asked Archbishop Auza in his talk, which drew from “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The Holy Father invites everyone to urgently seek effective solutions, the archbishop said.A “right of the environment” does exist because human beings are part of the environment and because every living creature has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures, the archbishop said.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “Letter: Climate Week is passed, but don’t forget climate”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: With excellent reporting on many big local issues the past week (Parliament of the World's Religions, 30-year anniversary of the Hoffman Bombing, et al.), The Salt Lake Tribune has earned a pass for overlooking the important story of Salt Lake City's first SLCgreen-Climate Week.While the Climate Week was October 12-16, it's not too late to gain from this creative Salt Lake City initiative. Go to the city website to appreciate the many ways Salt Lake City is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and learn 5 things you can to today to reduce your personal emissions, and save money at the same time.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “Sikhs In The Spotlight At The Parliament Of World’s Religions 2015”, Sikh 24 News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY, USA—The Parliament of the World’s Religions ended on Monday after five days of interfaith dialogue, exhibitions and performances. The 2015 Parliament was officially opened with a parade of flags and Native American drumming as regional tribal chiefs welcomed us to their land, and prayed for world peace. It was attended by 10,000 people from 80 countries and 50 faith and non-faith groups. Lord Indarjit Singh of the UK, delivered the Sikh message of interfaith understanding and of defending religious freedom, during the opening plenary session. You may listen to his address here.


 

Date: 2015-10-23
Title: “SUU Students Volunteer at the Parliament of the World’s Religions” Southern Utah University
Details: Southern Utah University students spent five days during their fall break volunteering at the sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in downtown Salt Lake City. Around 10,000 people traveled from all over the world to attend the event. Speakers for the parliament included Dr. Jane Goodall, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Terry Tempest Williams and many top religious scholars, writers, speakers and activists.Students volunteered by facilitating breakout sessions and greeting attendees throughout the conference. In return for their volunteer efforts, students were also able to participate in the conference and learn more about global issues, worldly cultures and traditions. A memorable activity for students was when a Tai Chi Master offered a Qigong session to give the volunteers energy for their 10-hour shift.


 

Date: 2015-10-22 
Title: “LDS Church participates in global interfaith gathering in Salt Lake City”, Deseret News
Details: Religious leaders from all over the world, including from the Church, participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest interreligious gatherings. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy, and government leaders from Utah participated in the opening ceremony and procession on Oct. 15. Elder Clayton offered a prayer and some brief remarks during the parliament, which was held Oct. 15–19 in Salt Lake City.


 

Date: 2015-10-22 
Title: “Defending the Faith: Welcoming the world's religions to Temple Square”, Deseret News
Details: Earlier this week, the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions came to an end in Salt Lake City. One of its highlights occurred on Sunday night in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square when Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy welcomed a capacity audience to a varied program of music and dance from the world’s major religious traditions on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The evening began with Native American chanting, followed by the Muslim call to prayer, the blowing of Jewish shofars, and Quaker and Episcopalian invocations.


 

Date: 2015-10-22
Title: “What if Everyday was a Parliament of the World’s Religions?”, Huffington Post
DetailsDr. Jane Goodall, renowned British anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, speaks at the plenary session on war, violence and hate speech at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City (photo: onislam.com) I just returned from the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City. For five days, October 15-19, approximately 9,500 people from over 50 different faiths from all over the world gathered to share their beliefs, learn about each other’s faiths, and to find common ground to work toward peace and ecological harmony. I am a former Mormon turned Pagan and Unitarian, and my LDS wife and I are raising our two children in a multi-faith household, so my interest in interfaith work is a practical one.


 

Date: 2015-10-22
Title: “Amidst Hottest Year on Earth, Faith Leaders Unite and Call for Climate Action”, Huffington Post
Details: In light of new evidence that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious leaders joined together at the Parliament of World Religions pledging faith-based action to combat climate change. The event took place in Salt Lake City, and brought together over 8,000 people from scores of faiths and nations.


 

Date: 2015-10-22
Title:“Must Paganism Be Transgressive?”, Patheos
Details: Should Paganism always be transgressive? Do we lose something when a radical spiritual movement starts to be accepted by the mainstream? Or is it more complicated than that? I’d like to offer three examples for your consideration. Our first example comes from theParliament of the World’s Religions, which was held October 15 – 19 in Salt Lake City. My Facebook feed had a near-constant stream of posts from the Parliament last weekend, where numerous Pagans were full participants alongside representatives of mainstream and minority religions from across the world. The Parliament isn’t quite as mainstream as a Protestant church on a suburban street corner, but if you want acceptance, that’s about as good as it gets.


 

Date: 2015-10-22
Title: “Column: City mirrors richness of what globe has to offer”, The Republic
Details: To me, religion calls us to appreciate the rich world and the rich blend of humanity all about us.This past weekend, about a dozen representatives from Columbus and its environs took part in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. International though it is, this event is deeply connected to southern Indiana.Columbus people have been part of Parliaments for more than 20 years. In fact, our InterFaith Forum came into being partly as a result of the 1999 Parliament in South Africa. Christine Lemley, Sharon Karr, and Madhu Vedak — who has since moved away — returned home resolved to further peace and wholeness.


 

Date: 2015-10-22
Title: “Inequality as a Religious Test”, Sojourners
Details: The potential of an assembly like the Parliament of the World’s Religions — where I spoke last week in Salt Lake City, Utah — is its ability not just to celebrate religious diversity, but also to provide the opportunity to get to the heart of urgent matters that people of faith must address.The banner on the stage read, “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity.” And one might wonder, at an interfaith gathering like this one, why the organizers devoted a major plenary session to the issue of income inequality. Surely it’s an economic issue, as our systems structure wealth towards the wealthy at the top. Clearly it’s a political issue, as wealth and the wealthy shape and control our politics.


 

Date:2015-10-22
Title: “Sikh Langar Feeds Thousands at Parliament of the World's Religions Conference”, World Religion News
Details:  Langar is a common tradition in the Sikh community, where people of all faith and statures are served food in an act that signifies equality and sharing among humanity. In fact this is why the tradition requires for all the guests to sit on the floor, as it implies that everyone is being treated as equals. As per the Langar tradition, the guests are served by volunteers, which many attendees found touching. One of the participants at the conference said that he felt a rush of gratitude toward the volunteers when they eagerly served him. Another visitor was equally touched by the kind gesture, and said that it nearly brought her to tears.


 

Date: 2015-10-21
Title: “World religious leaders gather in Salt Lake City”, Cache Valley Dail
Details: Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekananda made history at the Parliament of the World's Religions, the spiritual leaders of India travelled to Salt Lake City,USA for the world's sixth Parliament of the World's Religions, where they took a resounding stand for 'Swachh Bharat' and to help save the world's dwindling water resources.


 

Date: 2015-10-21
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Music, dance and song bring a harmonious close to five days of interfaith dialogue”, The Digital Universe
Details: Holi, the Festival of Colors, was on display Monday inside the Salt Palace as one of the final events at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.The festival lacked the bright chalk dust to smear the crowd in a whirl of colors that Utahns have become accustomed to seeing, but the colors of interfaith dialogue were evident in the music, singing and dancing.Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of the world. The modern-day Holi festival aspires to bring the peoples of the world together in love and consciousness of God.


 

Date: 2015-10-21
Title: “Best Ever’ Parliament of World’s Religions Finds Harmony in 50 Faiths”, Good News Network
Details: The best qualities of the world’s many religions were on display in Salt Lake City, Utah last week where the Parliament of the World’s Religions convened.Roughly 10,000 people representing 50 faiths attended, taking part in discussions focused on ending violence, tackling climate change and addressing income inequality.The gathering also featured its first Women’s Assembly addressing religion’s role in empowering women and its responsibility for dignity and human rights of women.


 

Date: 2015-10-21
Title:  Thousands of pounds of food donated to Utah’s homeless by The Sikh Temple of Utah at the Parliament of the World’s Religions”, Oye! Times
Details: Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15 – 19, 2015:  During this week’s interfaith conference, the local Sikh community joined together to accomplish something great: in addition to feeding up to 10,000 of the conference’s attendees for free, they donated thousands of pounds of leftover food to local homeless shelters.“Sewa, service to the community is essential to Sikh life and food is a big part of that,” said Dr. Manohar Singh Grewal, former president of the World Sikh Organization, chairperson of World Sikh Council until 2011 and host of the langar. “For a Sikh it is both a privilege and a duty to provide langar in the gurdwara (place of worship) for the entire congregation after weekly worship. The langar is part of our worship, a fundamental aspect of Sikh life, and we are honored to share it with the Salt Lake City community.”The Sikh community donated food every day during the Parliament totaling a donation of 3,800 pounds over the five days, equal to 3,166 meals. The food has been donated to the nearby Catholic Community Services St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, a housing and homeless shelter, for their daily supper. Danielle Stamos, director of public relations and marketing of Catholic Community Services of Utah said, “We serve over 1,200 meals each day at out St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall to our low-income and homeless friends. This food was greatly needed to help us keep stomachs full and people warm as the temperatures drop. The Parliament is about bringing together people of all different religions and backgrounds. It’s wonderful to see and the end of it all, their focus is helping those in need.”


 

Date: 2015-10-21
Title“World’s Religious Leaders Gather in Salt Lake City”, Public News Service
Details: SALT LAKE CITY - Almost 10,000 religious leaders from around the world are fired up and ready to act on the major issues affecting the world today, after attending the four-day Parliament of the World's Religions, which finished up on Monday in Salt Lake City. Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, said the overarching theme this year was climate change. "The religions have been unprecedentedly silent on this incredible human rights issue of climate justice," she said. "There was an indigenous plenary with a lot of focus around Keystone Pipeline and water and food crises." The conference included representatives from more than 50 different faiths hailing from 80 countries around the world. 


 

Date: 2015-10-20
TitleIndia's faith leaders pledge to save world's dwindling water resources”, Business Standard
Details: Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekananda made history at the Parliament of the World's Religions, the spiritual leaders of India travelled to Salt Lake City,USA for the world's sixth Parliament of the World's Religions, where they took a resounding stand for 'Swachh Bharat' and to help save the world's dwindling water resources.Approximately 10,000 leaders from 50 religious traditions and 80 nations were present at the historic event taking place from the 15-19 October at the Salt Palace Convention Center.Globally, more people perish each year from lack of clean, safe, sufficient water, hygiene and sanitation than from all forms of violence combined.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title: “Students, Faculty Present at Global Interfaith Gathering”, Concordia College News
Details: Rachel Crippen ’17 and Robyn Adams ’16, along with faculty mentor Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, were selected from among an international pool of applicants. They presented on Concordia’s newly proposed interfaith studies minor and the importance of interfaith studies for higher education.“It is such an honor to be a part of the team that has this unique opportunity to share the work in the field of interfaith studies that so many at Concordia have contributed to,” Crippen says.Crippen and Adams are interfaith scholars with Concordia’s Forum on Faith and Life. Bussie is the forum’s director.The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an international gathering of diverse faith communities and leaders. Since 1893, the parliament has gathered once every five years for global dialogue among the world’s faith and philosophical traditions.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title: “Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake 'best ever,' chairman says”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions came to a close Monday with leaders of the largest interfaith gathering revealing plans to conduct a gathering every two years.In the closing plenary Monday afternoon, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, outgoing chairman of the Parliament's board of trustees, said people he met during the five-day event frequently stopped him to tell him the same thing: "This was the best Parliament ever.""Wait until you see 2017. Parliament will be every two years now," he said. The location for the next gathering has not yet been determined but holding the event bienally is a significant change from conducting it every five years.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Sikhs feed thousands at World’s Religions conference” The Digital Universe
Details: Thousands of people from 80 countries and 50 different faiths flocked to Salt Lake City last weekend to be spiritually fed, but a group of Sikh volunteers took it upon themselves to ensure that they were physically fed as well.Sikhs from Utah and around the world united to accomplish a huge feat of service: in addition to feeding thousands of conference attendants each day for free at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, they donated thousands of pounds of leftover food to a Salt Lake City homeless shelter.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title: “A Gathering of Global Faith Leaders: My Experience at the Parliament of World Religions 2015” Huffington Post
Details: The crush of religious people I have just witnessed is staggering. Under one roof, a tapestry of faiths flock together — Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Humanists, Jews — congregated in a singular location to discuss some of the most pressing matters facing humanity today. But for every external difference of faith I see, this conference is harmonious. People are in good spirits. Here in Salt Lake City I attended my first Parliament of the World Religions — the largest inter-religious conference in the world — and I have been moved from what I have witnessed.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title: “10 Very Cool Things About the Parliament of the World's Religions” Huffington Post
Details: On October 16-19 a Parliament of various religious traditions was held in Salt Lake City. The first of these was held in Chicago in 1893, and after a century hiatus, another one in 1993. Subsequently the Parliament has met every five years. The mission of the Parliament is: “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.”This year 9,500 people gathered for what was clearly the “coolest” religious gathering I’ve ever attended (as a minister who’s ordination was more than a quarter century ago I’ve been to a few). I went as a representative of my family of Baptists (the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) and was inspired, educated, and challenged. Since I wrote about going to the meeting in my last blog post, I thought I’d write about having gone. It was so cool.


 

Date: 2015-10-20
Title:  “Climate change, indigenous peoples a focus at Parliament of the World’s Religions”, National Catholic Reporter
Details: Since its centennial celebration in 1993, the Parliament of the World’s Religions has met every five to six years around the world. On Monday, the parliament wrapped up its most recent world meeting in Salt Lake City, returning the event to the U.S. for the first time since that ’93 gathering, held in Chicago, also the site of its first gathering in 1893. Participants to the parliament expected to number 10,000 and represent 80 nations and 50 faiths. It has always been a very large gathering, regularly running from 6,000 to 9,000 participants. As part of this year’s five-day interfaith assembly (Oct. 15-19), the parliament held sessions on religious dialogue and produced six declarations, addressing issues of climate change; hate speech, war and violence; income inequality; the human rights and dignity of women; emerging leaders among the world’s youth; and indigenous peoples.


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “A celebration of 'Many Faiths, One Family' in Salt Lake Tabernacle”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Award-winning musicians and a multifaith choir of local children, musicians, dancers and faith groups from across the globe came together Sunday evening for a rousing interfaith program at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The program, "Many Faiths - One Family" was produced by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable in partnership with the Parliament of the World's Religions, which concludes its five-day gathering Monday.


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “Parliament of World's Religions attendees reflect on conventions message”, Good4Utah
Details: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Over, 10,000 people from 80 different nations and 50 religions came together in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World's Religions, and it as pretty clear the message of the weekend was unity."We believe that each person is different, each person is diverse, but the oneness connects all of us, and I think this place gives that message," said Muktha Ananda, a member of the Hindu community.  While, Ikonkar Khalsa a member of the Sikh community added, "All the religions I've seen have this common idea that there's a lot of different paths but the destination is one."


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “The Goddess at the Parliament of World Religions”, Huffington Post
Details: The Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) is the oldest, largest and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. This year the Parliament connects the dots between spirituality, culture and politics with major speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Dr. Karen Armstrong, Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Vandana Shiva, bringing their global wisdom and practice to the Parliament’s theme, Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity. Speakers will address three critical issues facing people across the globe; Climate change and care for creation, income inequality and wasteful consumption and war, violence and hate speech.


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “Parliament of World's Religions: Sikh community organises 'Langar' for visitors”, India TV News
DetailsSalt Lake City (USA): One cannot pray with empty stomach and it is true for every person who is participating in Parliament of World's religions. There is one thing that is discussed everywhere in this ocean or religions. People are seen in queues, this is a rare view. Everyone wants to go to the Langar which has been arranged on the left hand side of Salt Lake City Convention Centre. This tradition of Sikh Religion has given a new flavour to Parliament of World's religions.


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “How to use social media to combat hate, Investigative Reporting Workshop
DetailsMore than 8,000 gathered for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, which ended Monday in Salt Lake City. This is the first parliament since 2009 and the first in the United States since 1993. The international organization is dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue and action for the betterment of global society. Workshop intern Ashley Campbell, a former employee of the organization, is now studying journalism at the School of Communication and filed this blog post.


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “Highlights from the Parliament the World’s Religions: Sound Bites”, Patheos
Details: Here are some soundbites from the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City:Intersectionality: “If you are a feminist, you are an environmentalist. If you are an environmentalist, you are a feminist.” — LDS Terry Tempest WilliamsWomen’s ordination: “We don’t need a revelation; we need a revolution.” — LDS Terry Tempest Williams, on the Mormon Ordain Women movement:Capitalism and the environment: “If commerce starts to undermine life, then commerce must stop, because life has to carry on.” — Hindu Dr. Vandana ShivaWomen’s rituals: “God is a radical too.” — LDS Teresa Edmunds, on coming out as a Mormon woman who performs laying on of hands (which is officially prohibited to LDS women)


 

Date: 2015-10-19
Title: “Jane Goodall at Parliament: Pope Francis gives me hope on environment”, Religion News Service
Details: Q: What do you think about Pope Francis’ call to action for Catholics and other religious groups to take care of the Earth? A: I think Pope Francis should be canonized on the spot. He’s absolutely amazing and he gives me more hope than almost anybody else alive at this time today. He’s brave, he’s tackling some very ancient customs which are not good ones, he has not been afraid to speak out and perhaps one of the major things is, he walks his talk. Imagine another pope going around in New York in a little tiny car!


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Religious leaders told to use moral authority to fight greed and poverty”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — To understand the roots of poverty in the United States, look no further than the nation's criminal justice system, says Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network of Chicago. "We still, unfortunately have to own the dubious distinction of incarcerating more people than any other Western, industrialized nation in the world. That is not just an indictment on one group of people. That’s an indictment of all of us, including all faith communities represented here," said Nashashibi speaking Saturday during the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of World Religions: India's faith leaders converge to promote 'Swachh Bharat'”, India TV News
DetailsSalt Lake City(USA): Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekananda made history at the Parliament of the World Religions, the spiritual leaders of India travelled to Salt Lake City, USA for the world's sixth Parliament of the World's Religions, where they took a resounding stand for a Swachh Bharat and to help save our world's dwindling water resources.  Approximately 10,000 leaders from 50 religious traditions and 80 nations are present at the historic event taking place from the 15-19 October at the Salt Palace Convention Center.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Women's Assembly re-imagines traditions at Parliament of the World's Religions”, KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — When M. Hasna Maznavi founded the Women's Mosque of America, the first all-female mosque in the United States, media reports spun the story to suggest women were running away from Muslim men, she said.Nothing could have been further than the truth."The reason I founded this mosque was because I love my religion. I love Islam. I love mosques. I love Muslim men, especially the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him," Maznavi said, speaking on a panel on opening day of the Parliament of the World's Religions


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Religions Parliament Calls for Peace, Justice”, Onislam.net


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World's Religions opens in Utah with colorful procession”, World News Report
Details:  Ute leader Larry Cesspooch begins the Parliament of the World's Religions with a prayer in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Summary The Parliament of the World's Religions opened with a colorful procession representing 50 faith traditions at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Thursday night, an event that included messages of … 

 


 

Date: 2015-10-17
TitleSikhs organise community kitchen at religious conference in US”, Business Standard
Details: Setting an example of inter-faith understanding, the Sikh community in Salt Lake City has organised a community kitchen for nearly 7,000 attendees at the 2015 Parliament of World's Religions underway in Utah, a media report said.Members from 80 countries and 50 different religions, who arrived in the US on Thursday night to attend the inter-faith conference, would be served food throughout the five-day event by the Sikh community, the Deseret News reported.As the visitors sat on a carpet, they were served a vegetarian meal that included rice, curry, vegetables and 'naan'.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “International religious freedom ambassador says greatest threat to extremism is girls reading books”, Deseret News National
Details: When the State Department released its annualInternational Religious Freedom Report this week, officials noted its efforts to stem an otherwise grim accounting of brutal attacks and government restrictions against religious minorities across the globe.On Thursday, the agency's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom encouraged thousands of faith leaders gathered in Salt Lake at the Parliament of the World's Religions to get involved by pushing an agenda of justice, peace, cooperation and understanding that will ultimately win over violent intolerance and discrimination."And if we do, this I promise you, with all of our past mistakes and daunting challenges, we are not prisoners of a bitter and unremitting past. Rather we can be, we will be, we must be the shapers of a better and more hopeful future for all God’s children," Rabbi David Saperstein said in an impassioned speech that brought a diverse audience of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, American Indians and dozens of other lesser known faith traditions to their feet.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Non-violence is the need of present world: Jain spiritual leader Acharya Lokesh Muni”, Economic Times
Details: WASHINGTON: At a time when humanity is facing the problems of war, violence and terrorism, non-violence is the need of the hour, an Indian spiritual leader has said. Jain spiritual leader Acharya Lokesh Muni said this in his address at the inaugural session Parliament of World's Religions in Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah. "Ahimsa or non-violence is the need of present world when humanity is facing the problems of war, violence and terrorism," he said.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Jane Goodall speaks at Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City”, FOX 13 NOW
Details: SALT LAKE CITY -- The Parliament of the World's Religions continued in Salt Lake City today.Guest speaker Jane Goodall, known for her research on Chimpanzees was tonight's key note speaker and said she went out of her way to come to Utah and this specific event.The Parliament of the World's Religions has brought ten thousand religious leaders from across the world together, it has turned out to be bigger than organizers had hoped for, and Jane says there's are opportunities here to mix her environmental messages with religion.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Jane Goodall shares words of wisdom at the Parliament of the World's Religions”, Good4Utah
Details: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Jane Goodall, a woman known worldwide for studying and living with primates, came to Salt Lake City to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions.  On Saturday, Goodall held a private session with local media to share her opinions of several topics. "Let's face it, a lot of problems in the world have to deal with conflict with different people of different nations and cultures but, an awful lot has to do with religion as well," she says.To address those problems, the world famous primatologist brought her insightful messages to the Salt Palace for the convention.  Today she shared her views on topics like the environment, war, politics, and human nature.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Sikhs organise langar at world religious conference in US”, Hindustan Times
Details: Setting an example of inter-faith understanding, the Sikh community in the US Salt Lake City has organised a langar (community kitchen) for nearly 7,000 attendees at the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions underway in Utah, a media report has said.Members from 80 countries and 50 different religions who arrived in the US on Thursday night to attend the inter-faith conference would be served food throughout the five-day event by the Sikh community, the Deseret News reported. As the visitors sat on a carpet, they were served a vegetarian meal that included rice, curry, vegetables and ‘naan’. “Everyone sits on the floor and feels equal. Let us say President Obama and a homeless man come to the ‘langar’.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Sikhs Serve Thousands Free Lunch At Utah Conference To Demonstrate Equality”, Huffington Post
Details: The scent of curry wafted from a conference hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday as thousands lined up for a free meal at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international gathering that, every five years, brings together thousands of people from different religious and spiritual traditions.Nishkam Centre, a U.K.-based Sikh organization, hosted the free lunch with the help of dozens of volunteers. The meal, called a langar, is a fundamental component of the Sikh faith and offered diners a taste of worship at its most egalitarian.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Non-violence need of present world: Acharya Muni”, India Post
Details: WASHINGTON: At a time when humanity is facing the problems of war, violence and terrorism, non-violence is the need of the hour, an Indian spiritual leader has said.Jain spiritual leader Acharya Lokesh Muni said this in his address at the inaugural session Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah.“Ahimsa or non-violence is the need of present world when humanity is facing the problems of war, violence and terrorism,” he said.“As preached by Bhagwan Mahavir we have to practice nonviolence in our everyday life. We all respect our own philosophies and believes but we should give equal importance and respect to what others believe in,” Muni said.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Restore World Kindness: Makkah Imam in US”, Onislam.net
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Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Women at the Parliament Saving the World”, Patheos
Details: The parliament is a conference of faith leaders. A brief history: the first Parliament in Chicago in 1893 brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. The second Parliament in 1993 was significantly more diverse, and I was lucky enough to present at that conference as a member of a Pagan group, Covenant of the Goddess. There have been three other conferences since then; this weekend the 2015 conference is being held in Salt Lake City. I caught the panel on “Community Resilience – Peace, Justice, Food and Water” as it streamed live. You can watch the video of the panel online. This discussion brought together Grove Harris, the UN delegate of the interfaith organization Temple of Understanding; Dr. Vandana Shiva; and Starhawk, a Pagan priestess, writer and leader.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Fighting ‘the OK racism of our time’ — Islamophobia”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: For speakers at a panel Saturday at the Parliament of the World's Religions, the answer is "All of the above.""Hate is rising all around in the country," said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, board chairman of the Parliament of the World's Religions, which is gathering this weekend at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.TOP JOBSMujahid moderated the panel, "The Islamophobia Industry: The Okay Racism of Our Times." Featured were experts who have studied Islamophobia, and two Muslim professional women who have been on the receiving end of anti-Islam prejudice.Suzanne Barakat, a doctor based in San Francisco, said she felt that prejudice before boarding her flight to Salt Lake City."Religiously, every time, I am randomly selected for screening," she said, describing how her head covering marks her for extra TSA scrutiny. She said the only person who chose to interact with her, rather than just stare, was the 3-year-old granddaughter of the volunteer who picked her up at Salt Lake City International Airport.Barakat was born and raised in North Carolina, and as a devout Muslim of Syrian descent has grown up with discrimination. "For many [people], I was the only Muslim they had ever met," she said, adding that she worked to smile and be friendly with all.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Lack of water, polluted water kill millions worldwide”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: A dozen religious leaders from India traveled to Utah this weekend with a single message: Water is life, water is sacred.The group, part of the interfaith effort known as WASH, which promotes water, sanitation and health, presented its ideas Saturday at a session of the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.It's an urgent message, said Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance. "More people have died from water issues [like scarcity or bad sanitation] than from all the violence – murder, domestic abuse, and suicide – across the world. "


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Several regional faith leaders attending Parliaments' World Religions conference”, The Southern Illinoisan
Details: CARBONDALE — On his recent flight into Salt Lake City, Father Robert Flannery enjoyed a conversation with two Mormons flying into the city.For lunch an hour later, he said he was among about 5,000 people who ate a vegetarian meal prepared by members of the Sikh community.He was looking forward to hearing from the Dalai Lama, who was too ill to make the trip, but expects to hear instead from the chief imam, the leader of prayers, from the Grand Mosque in Mecca."It's been fantastic," said Flannery, pastor of Carbondale's Saint Francis Xavier Church, of his first few hours at the conference.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Church participates in global interfaith gathering in Salt Lake City” World News Report
Details:   The main entrance of Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center. (Wikimedia Commons)   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-participates-global-interfaith-gathering-salt-lake-city   I participated on a panel there yesterday afternoon.  I think it went pretty well.  At least, nobody threw anything and the questions weren’t insulting.   


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “People of faith flock to Utah for world religion gathering”, CT Post
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Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World's Religions attendees break bread together at Sikh community's langar”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday, the international Sikh community hosted some 7,000 new friends for lunch.Their guests are people taking part in the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions. Sikhs throughout the world are offering langar throughout the five-day event.In the Sikh religion, langar means common kitchen in temples where food is served to all visitors without distinction of background for free.Visitors are asked to remove their shoes, cover their heads and wash their hands before taking a seat on a carpet, where they are served a vegetarian meal that commonly includes dishes such as rice, curry vegetables and naan, an oven-baked flatbread."Everyone sits on the floor and feels equal. Let's say President Obama and a homeless man come to the langar. They would sit down together," said Sarbjit Singh, of Los Angeles, a Sikh who is affiliated with the Khalsa Care Foundation.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Opening ceremony celebrates people of all faiths”, The Digital Universe
Details: The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City became home to the diversity of world faiths Thursday, as the international Parliament of the World’s Religions was welcomed with a colorful processional and greetings from both world and local religious leaders and political figures.The Salt Lake Tribune reported that leaders from seven American Indian tribes, clad in traditional feathered headdresses, led the way to the podium. They were followed by men and women in tunics, suits, robes and saris in various colors. Several sported religious headwear.The assembly’s mission is to hold conversations among diverse faiths about problems like war, hatred, climate change, wastefulness and income equality.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Reclaiming the heart of humanity”, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Details: Imagine the scene:  1893, Chicago.  The World Columbian Exposition is going on—a forerunner of the World’s Fair.  Persons from all over the world are converging on the windy city and to take advantage of this fact, a number of smaller parliaments and congresses are set up.  One of these was the first Parliament of World Religions.  The gathering included Protestant, Catholic and Jewish representatives.Mary Baker Eddy founder of the new religion Christian Science was there, one American Muslim was present, as well as the Hindu monk Swami Vivekenanda.  Though there were few participants of eastern religions and no Sikhs, this gathering is thought to be the genesis of the modern interfaith movement.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Women Powerfully, Silently Walk Together For Peace At Parliament Of World's Religions”, Huffington Post
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Voices fell quiet as hundreds of women of different faith traditions filed silently through the busy throngs at the Salt Palace Convention Center Friday on the opening day of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The gathering that happens every five years brings together thousands of religious and spiritual people from around the world.Even as violence is erupting in the Middle East and other parts of the world, women of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and other spiritual backgrounds showed their commitment to being witnesses for peace as they walked through the convention center side by side, not saying a word. The Women’s Silent Walk for Peace was organized by Elana Rozenman, an Israeli Jew and the Executive Director of TRUST–Emun, a Jerusalem-based organization that brings women of different faiths together to grow in understanding of one another and be a force for peace.  

 


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Indian Jain Muni inaugurates Parliament of World Religions 2015”, India TV News
DetailsSalt Lake City: Indian Jain Muni Acharya Dr Lokesh inaugurated the Parliament of the World Religions, 2015 at Salt Lake City, USA, on October 15.In his opening speech, Acharya Lokesh emphasized on the principles of non-violence and remembered Swami Vivekananda's speech of the first parliament in 1893.Swami Vivekananda was chosen to speak on the first day of the Parliament of World Religions in 1893. His speech beginning with 'Brothers and Sisters of America' shook the entire world. After his historic speech, Swami Vivekananda roamed all over the world and he was looked upon as Spiritual ambassador of India.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon country”, Kansas City Star
Details: When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and even Spiritualists prayed together. But Mormons were kept out.What a difference 122 years make. On Thursday, when what is now called the Parliament of the World’s Religions convened in Salt Lake City, it not only featured a slate of Mormon voices, it was in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The parliament, which closes Monday, is expected to attract between 8,000 and 10,000 participants from 80 countries and 50 spiritual or faith traditions. This is the first time the parliament has met on U.S. soil since 1993, when it was held in Chicago.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Thousands gather in SLC to celebrate religion”, KUTV2 News
Details: Salt Lake City — (KUTV) It's been held all over the world. Now it's come to Salt Lake City.The Parliament of the World's Religions interfaith gathering is underway at the Salt Palace. It runs through Monday.This is the first time in more than 20 years the conference has taken place in the United States."This is an excellent opportunity where 10,000 people from 80 nations and 50 religions are together," said Imam Malik Mujahid, board chair.Mujahid said he got the idea to bring the conference to Utah after meeting a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a dinner party.Attendees seemed to like the city.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “People of Faith Flock to Utah for World Religion Gathering MagicValley.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Visitors from 80 countries and 50 different religions have arrived in Salt Lake City to attend an interfaith conference being held in the United States for the first time since 1993.The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Parliament of the World's Religions began with a colorful processional Thursday night at the Salt Palace.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title“People of faith flock to Utah for world religion gathering”OC Register
Details: SALT LAKE CITY – Visitors from 80 countries and 50 different religions have arrived in Salt Lake City to attend an interfaith conference being held in the United States for the first time since 1993.The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Parliament of the World’s Religions began with a colorful processional Thursday night at the Salt Palace.Leaders from seven American Indian tribes, clad in traditional feathered headdresses, led the way to the podium. They were followed by men and women in tunics, suits, robes and saris in various colors. Several sported religious headwear.The assembly’s mission is to hold conversations among diverse faiths about problems like war, hatred, climate change, wastefulness and income equality


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of World’s Religions Opens in US”, Onislam.net
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Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Fear, Loathing and the Parliament of the World’s Religions”, Patheos
Details: One role of religion in human society is to continually affirm that the fears and anxieties about those outside a society are uniquely real, to use the expression of Clifford Geertz.I sit at the Parliament of the World’s Religions; a gathering of those dedicated in the name of religion to overcoming hatred among peoples. So it may seem strange to talk about religion affirming fear and anxiety of the other. After all, the parliamentarians here in Salt Lake City are dedicated to highlighting the aspects of their traditions that affirmation a shared humanity.But their religious vision is a half truth still trying to become a whole truth. Look at marriage laws. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and most other religions forbid their followers from marrying outside the religious community. And if it is allowed it is only in circumstances in which the children will become members of the community. The perpetuation of religious (and almost always ethnic) purity is of highest importance.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Faithful believers flock to Salt Lake City for world religion gathering”, The Republic
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Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Cities should make compassion a guiding value, mayors say”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: The mayor of Louisville, Ky., challenged city, civic and religious leaders at Friday's Parliament of the World's Religions to "create a brush fire of compassion throughout the country, city by city." Louisville has spent more than five years working to build a scaffold of compassion, Greg Fischer told 100 or so attending a breakout session. The city has been recognized internationally as a leader in expanding compassion. "We really need a national rebirth of civic dialogue around secular values: love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness," Fischer said. "We don't hear that, certainly in Washington or most of our state capitals. So it's up to us to push that innovation up."

 


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Kirby: Mormonism, Buddhism, atheism — they’re all just add-ons to the one true religion”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: It's conference time again. What? Yes, already. The streets of downtown Salt Lake City are filled with the super-faithful delivering vital messages in sundry meetings. But it's not just Mormons. The Parliament of the World's Religions is holding its 2015 gathering at the Salt Palace Convention Center.It's a major undertaking. The idea is that 10,000 people representing 80 nations and 50 faiths will come together in one place with the expectation that despite all the differences, no one will hurt anyone else on purpose.Despite the poor reputation religions have for playing well together, I think cooperation is possible. I'm not the only one who thinks this way. A reader just sent me what could pass as billboard for PofWR.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Religion feeds all comers because ‘we are all equal human beings’”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: Suppose it was a matter of faith to feed anyone who needs food whenever they show up at your temple. For free.Now, imagine doing that for 3,500 to 7,000 participants per day at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions.That's what the Sikh community has undertaken. Providing "langar," as the free meal is known, isn't cheap, but the believers don't regret the cost.The whole undertaking costs about $100,000, says Jagdish Gill, a local Sikh who serves as vice chairman for this gathering's langar.This practice has been part of the Sikh religion since its founding in the 1400s, says Sukhbir Singh, who traveled to Utah from England to oversee the effort.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Thousands gather in Utah to discuss faith's role in solving world's problems”, Salt Lake Tribune
Details: Nobody does pageantry like people of faith — and that was decidedly on display Thursday night as the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions opened with a lengthy processional at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.Chiefs from seven American Indian tribes, wearing traditional feathered headdresses and fur cloaks, led the way to the podium as a drum circle accompanied their steps.They were followed by men and women dressed in the attire of their religions — all-white tunics, black tunics, black suits with white collars, maroon-and-mustard robes, saris, black-and-red robes, and holy headgear of every kind including kippahs, turbans and headscarves.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Religious ‘nones’: Even atheists can feel called to divinity schools”, Seattle Times
Details: During orientation at Harvard Divinity School in 2013, Angie Thurston wandered amid tables set up by the various campus ministries. Roman Catholic, Methodist and Muslim, they mostly served to reinforce the sense that Thurston did not fit into an organized religion.She was starting her graduate studies in religion when she did not know the definition of liturgy, had never read the Bible and could not have identified a major theologian such as Karl Barth, even if it would have won her a fortune on “Jeopardy!” Yet something in organized religion hinted at an answer to the unmoored life she led.“I didn’t feel unwelcome, but I did feel like it was a call to creativity,” Thurston, 30, recalled of her initiation. “I wanted to respond to what I saw as a crisis of isolation among young people.”


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of World's Religions Opens in US”, Sojourners
Details: Thousands of people from around the world filled the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday evening for the opening ceremonies of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. “Welcome, welcome, welcome,” said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions to thunderous applause from the audience. “With the permission of the great indigenous people of this land who are the original owners of this place, with love in my heart and compassion in my mind and with smiles on our faces to reclaim the heart of our humanity, I declare the sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions open.” - See more at: https://sojo.net/about-us/news/parliament-worlds-religions-opens-us#sthash.GwL5QOKD.dpuf


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Karen Armstrong's "Fields Of Blood" On Access Utah”, Utah Public Radio
Details: Karen Armstrong, in her book “Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence” writes that: “In the West the idea that religion is inherently violent is now taken for granted and seems self-evident. As one who speaks on religion, I constantly hear how cruel and aggressive it has been, a view that, eerily, is expressed the same way almost every time: ‘Religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history.’” Armstrong asserts that: “The problem lies not in the multifaceted activity that we call ‘religion’ but in the violence embedded in our human nature and the nature of the state…”


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Faithful people flock to Utah for world religion gathering”, Washington Times
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Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “People of faith flock to Utah for world religion gathering”, WNCN
Details: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Visitors from 80 countries and 50 different religions have arrived in Salt Lake City to attend an interfaith conference being held in the United States for the first time since 1993.The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1GKAa6c ) the Parliament of the World’s Religions began with a colorful processional Thursday night at the Salt Palace.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Devotees of 50 faith traditions come together as Parliament of the World's Religions gets underway”, Deseret News
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Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions opens with colorful procession, hearty welcome from Utahns”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions officially got underway Thursday night to the beat of a pulsing tribal drum circle leading in a colorful, procession representing people of 50 different faith traditions from 80 countries.Tribes of Utah took center stage at the welcoming ceremony in the Salt Palace Convention Center, which also included rousing welcomes from elected officials and faith leaders from the host city for the sixth Parliament.Given the history of the Beehive State, the state of Utah and Parliament are a good fit, said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Women of faith re-imagine religious traditions at Parliament of the World's Religions”, Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — When M. Hasna Maznavi founded the Women's Mosque of America, the first all-female mosque in the United States, media reports spun the story to suggest women were running away from Muslim men, she said.Nothing could have been further than the truth."The reason I founded this mosque was because I love my religion. I love Islam. I love mosques. I love Muslim men, especially the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him," Maznavi said, speaking on a panel on opening day of the Parliament of the World's Religions.Thursday marked the Parliament's first-ever Women’s Assembly, which included workshops and presentations on social justice, religious traditions, sexual violence, human rights and dignity of women.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “An introduction to the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference in Salt Lake City”, The Digital Universe
Details: According to the event’s website, the event will include an opening celebration, religious and spiritual observances, workshops and plenary sessions along with much more.The Deseret News says that devotees of 50 faiths will be coming together to tell the story of the Divine Life Society.Not only is this an event that has huge importance to world religions, it also holds a special importance in recognizing the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Salt Lake City hosts Parliament of World's Religions”, FOX 13 NOW
Details: SALT LAKE CITY - If you can name a religion, there are probably followers of it in Salt Lake City this weekend as the city is hosting the 6th Parliament of World's Religions.The conference, which first began in 1893, aims to bring a multitude of religions together to talk about similar interests, and learn about each other's cultures."It's all about passion, love, and sticking together," said Har Jindersingh, a Sikh from England.The opening celebration kicked off Thursday night with various Native American tribes from Salt Lake City on stage. The convention, normally held in the biggest cities in the world, is taking place in Salt Lake City for a reason: When the first convention was held, Mormons and Native Americans were not allowed to participate. It's a wrong the event's organizers said they were hoping to right this time around.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of World Religions attracts non-critical coverage in Salt Lake City”, Get Religion
Details: In 1993, I took the train to Chicago to experience the World Parliament of Religions, a huge event drawing up to 10,000 people from about 50 flavors of religion.As I strolled through the lobby of the host hotel, I was overwhelmed by the welter of humanity dressed in all manner of religious garb – saffron-robed monks, nuns in all manner of habits, Sikhs in their turbans, a truckload of women in saris following who-knows-what faith, not to mention people wearing every conceivable color of clerical shirt, imams, dervishes, priests, pastors, Wiccans, priestesses, witches, serpent handlers and more that I'm sure that I’ve forgotten.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of World's Religions opens with colorful, welcoming procession”, KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions officially got underway Thursday night to the beat of a pulsing tribal drum circle leading in a colorful, procession representing people of 50 different faith traditions from 80 countries.Tribes of Utah took center stage at the welcoming ceremony in the Salt Palace Convention Center, which also included rousing welcomes from elected officials and faith leaders from the host city for the sixth Parliament.Given the history of the Beehive State, the state of Utah and Parliament are a good fit, said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament Of The World’s Religions 2015: Interfaith Gathering In Salt Lake City Embraces Mormon, Atheist And Aboriginal Voices”, International Business Times
Details: The largest interfaith gathering in the world convenes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, just minutes from the headquarters of the Mormon church. The location signals a big move for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a conference that draws up to 10,000 people representing about 50 faith traditions from 80 countries. Mormons have traditionally been excluded from the gathering, which is why this year’s host city -- a first for the 122-year-old event -- is so significant. “It speaks to the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a world religion and we are being recognized as such on the world stage,” Rachel Mabey Whipple, a Mormon environmentalist who will speak about Mormonism and sustainability at the event, told the Religion News Service. “It shows a confidence that we are able to bring these other faith leaders to our community, and that is a great amount of maturity that I don’t know that we have always had.”


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Impressions From The Parliament – Day 1”, Patheos
Details: Religious observances all begin at 7am tomorrow at the Parliament of World Religions. Yes, 7am. That’s not a typo. Comments in the Pagan community here are along of the lines of “we are not sunrise worshipers” and “I have personal boundaries and 7am is outside of those boundaries”. I intend to peel myself out of bed in the dark, walk two blocks to a bike station before sunrise, and then bike the dark cold streets of Salt Lake City sometime after 6am. “Intend” is the operative word here, we’ll see if intention leads to manifestation.In light of this I’ll throw out a few bullet point impressions in stream-of-consciousness order before getting as much sleep as I can during this short, short night.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of World's Religions Convenes in Mormon Country — At Last”, Sojourners
Details: When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and even Spiritualists prayed together.But Mormons were kept out.What a difference 122 years make. On Oct. 15, when the Parliament of the World’s Religions — a slight adjustment of the name was made a century after the first meeting — convenes in Salt Lake City, it will not only feature a slate of Mormon voices, it will sit in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its global headquarters only a five-minute walk away.


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of World’s Religions opens in Salt Lake City with first-ever Women’s Assembly”, World News Report
Details: Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Arikirangi Rose Pere conducts a prayer at the Inaugural Women’s Assembly (Jenna Barratt) Thousands of interfaith devotees from around the world gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center Thursday for what many believe is a historic move forward in their ability to create change on pressing issues at every level of society. The Parliament of the World’s …


 

Date: 2015-10-15
TitleCrippen to Present at Interfaith Conference in Utah, The Concordian
Details: Junior Rachel Crippen was supposed to have lunch with the Dalai Lama this week, but when he visited his doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., they recommended he take a break to improve his health.Crippen is an interfaith scholar with Concordia’s Forum on Faith and Life, and she has chosen to present at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.“The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an interfaith conference,” Crippen said. “It’s an international conference for people from all faith and philosophical backgrounds. [The parliament] encompasses a wide range of the world’s beliefs.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “Parliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon countryThe Christian Century
Details: SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and even Spiritualists prayed together.But Mormons were kept out.What a difference 122 years make. On Thursday (October 15), when the Parliament of the World’s Religions—a slight adjustment of the name was made a century after the first meeting—convenes in Salt Lake City, it will not only feature a slate of Mormon voices, it will sit in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its global headquarters only a five-minute walk away.The selection of this city is no coincidence, organizers and participants say, but a clear sign that both the LDS church and the parliament have evolved.“It speaks to the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a world religion and we are being recognized as such on the world stage,” said Rachel Mabey Whipple, a Mormon environmentalist who will speak about Mormonism and sustainability at the event. “It shows a confidence that we are able to bring these other faith leaders to our community, and that is a great amount of maturity that I don’t know that we have always had.”


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “Parliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon country - at last”, Colorado Springs Gazette
Details: SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and even Spiritualists prayed together.But Mormons were kept out.What a difference 122 years make. On Thursday (Oct. 15), when the Parliament of the World’s Religions — a slight adjustment of the name was made a century after the first meeting — convenes in Salt Lake City, it will not only feature a slate of Mormon voices, it will sit in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its global headquarters only a five-minute walk away.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “Parliament of world religions 2015 begins tomorrow”, India TV News
DetailsSalt Lake City (USA): What is religion for you? A personal faith, a show of identity, a path to find yourself, a social engagement or a license to visit particular religious places.Welcome to the world of something uncommon. A congregation of religion flag-bearers keen to discuss global issues like, Poverty, Health, Sustainability, Global Climate, Environment, Culture, Conflict, Globalisation & Ethics. With focus to the thousands of projects considered to be making a difference in the world. Welcome to Parliament of World Religions, 2015.Circa 1893, Chicago. Swami Vivekanand was chosen to speak on the first day of the Parliament of World Religions. 'Brothers and Sisters of America' shook the world. After that the Swami Vivekanand roamed all over the world to become the Spiritual ambassador of India.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “KAICIID to Provide Training on Peacebuilding at Parliament of the World’s Religions”, KAICIID
Details: Dialogue experts from the Vienna-based International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) will provide training for the participants of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, United States, on the use of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding.KAICIID – the intergovernmental organization mandated to promote dialogue between people of diverse religions and backgrounds – will hold trainings on peacebuilding during the five-day event from 15 to 19 October 2015.KAICIID Director General, Fahad Abualnasr, said that the workshops will introduce the participants to best practices for using dialogue to strengthen social cohesion in divided communities and societies.“One of KAICIID’s guiding principles is that religious leaders have an important role to play in reducing tensions and building peace in conflict areas around the world. Our chief goal, therefore, is to give them the training and the platforms they need to spread messages of tolerance and understanding,” he said.The peacebuilding workshops, led by the KAICIID Senior Adviser, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, will bring together religious leaders working in countries in the midst of conflict to discuss the challenges of Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) in peacebuilding and the lessons from current efforts in the field.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “KAICIID To Provide Training On Peacebuilding At Parliament Of The World's Religions”, PR Newswire
Details: SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dialogue experts from the Vienna-based International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) will provide training for the participants of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, United States, on the use of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding.During the five-day event, which runs from 15 to 19 October, KAICIID – an intergovernmental organization mandated to promote dialogue between people of diverse religions and backgrounds – will hold a number of trainings on peacebuilding.KAICIID Director General, Fahad Abualnasr, said that the workshops will introduce the participants to best practices for using dialogue to strengthen social cohesion in divided communities and societies


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “50 faith traditions unite as Parliament of the World's Religions gets underway”, KSL.com
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly 10,000 miles from their home in South Africa, members of the Divine Life Society were busy readying a booth for their Hindu nonprofit organization Wednesday in preparation for the Parliament of the World's Religions.Nine members of the organization traveled to Utah for the largest interfaith gathering in the world, which begins Thursday."We attend all Parliaments," said Bala Nadasen, a senior member of the society founded in 1949.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “Parliament of the World's Religions brings interfaith movement to Utah”, Sojourners
Details: On his recent visit to Utah, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid walked briskly through the Salt Palace Convention Center, taking mental notes of the preparations for the upcomingParliament of the World's Religions. In less than two weeks, some 10,000 devotees of 50 faith traditions from 80 countries are expected to fill the halls of the convention facility for the largest interfaith event in the world. Previous host cities for the event have included Chicago; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona; and Melbourne, Australia. This year, the fifth parliament since its first appearance more than 120 years ago in 1893 will be held in the city that is headquarters to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Parliament is coming here because we're open to all people, to all religions, all faiths," said Imam Mujahid, chairman of the parliament’s board of trustees and the first Muslim to be elected to the position. 


 

Date: 2015-10-14
Title: “How Religious Women Can Fix Sexual Politics”, TIME
Details: Three taboo subjects of polite conversation—sex, religion and politics—will converge in Salt Lake City on Thursday. From around the world and from almost every world faith, thousands of women will gather at a convening historic in size, intent, global composition and religious diversity: the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest and largest interfaith event in the world.At the center of this landmark gathering will be the forbidden third rail of religion: the dignity and equal rights of women.


 

Date: 2015-10-14
TitleParliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon country — at last”, Washington Post
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — When the World’s Parliament of Religions first met in Chicago in 1893, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and even Spiritualists prayed together.But Mormons were kept out.What a difference 122 years make. On Thursday (Oct. 15), when the Parliament of the World’s Religions — a slight adjustment of the name was made a century after the first meeting — convenes in Salt Lake City, it will not only feature a slate of Mormon voices, it will sit in the proverbial lap of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its global headquarters only a five-minute walk away


 

Date: 2015-10-14
TitleDocumentary spotlights teenager’s life as a novice monk in Edmonton,” Edmonton Examiner
Details: You won’t find him chasing girls, joining sports teams or pursuing teenage mischief.Instead, the 17-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian, a sophomore at McNally Senior High, has taken up a unique discipline as a novice monk in Edmonton’s Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery.With his head shaved, donning nothing but his monastic tunic, Nguyen lives a life that straddles the line between his religious traditions and his modern world.That struggle and dichotomy is explored in Brothers in the Buddha, a documentary by local film maker Beth Wishart MacKenzie. The film will be presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 18.It follows Nguyen’s journey through high school, balancing his practices as a monk with the day-to-day stresses of teenage life. The relationship that local youth have to their religions is a rarely-analyzed subject that MacKenzie felt compelled to capture on film.


 

Date: 2015-10-13
Title: “Reclaiming the Heart of our humanity,” The Christian Science Monitor
Details: Faiths from 80 nations around the globe will assemble in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (Oct. 15-19). Attendees will arrive not just because it is the largest, oldest, and most inclusive gathering of peoples from various faiths and traditions, but also to support the event’s theme: “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity.”


 

Date: 2015-10-12
TitleWorld’s Largest Religion Website Hosts Online Interfaith Experiment,” Patheos.com via PRNewswire
Details: DENVER, Oct. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Patheos, the world's premier destination for dialogue on religion and spirituality, will host an online experiment in interfaith co-existence on October 13 called "Share What We Share."The purpose of the event is to explore connections and common ground among the 11 worldviews and 450 bloggers on the site. Over the course of the day, each worldview "channel" at Patheos will use its Facebook page to exclusively share posts from bloggers in other worldviews. Evangelical, Pagan, Progressive Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Catholic, and Spirituality blogs are among those taking part in the "Share What we Share." Many individual bloggers will also participate in this first-of-its-kind event."Much of our time is spent defining our own traditions, which includes defining differences from other traditions," said Kathleen Mulhern, Executive Editor, Patheos. "This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many 


 

Date: 2015-10-12
TitleCLU to Press Interfaith Urgency at Parliament of World Religions,” Claremont Lincoln University via PRWeb
Details: Are there peaceful solutions to hate, racism and extremism? Claremont Lincoln University will be taking on the world’s most menacing obstacles to harmony as a major sponsor and participant in the 2015 Parliament of World Religions, an international conference bringing together more than 10,000 people of divergent beliefs in the name of interfaith Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City.Claremont Lincoln will spearhead numerous presentations during the five-day event, highlighting the growing need for dialogue and collaboration among faiths to bring about positive social change and restore health to communities afflicted by violence, indifference and discrimination. The university, which offers unique master’s degree and certificate programs in interfaith understanding, is also the primary Parliament sponsor.Members of the Claremont Lincoln University President’s Committee on Interfaith Action, all prominent thought leaders in faith, nonprofit, academic and government sectors, will present the committee’s initial findings regarding the role and importance of interfaith in the year 2020. Claremont Lincoln President Eileen Aranda and Interfaith Action Director Darrell Ezell will head a panel discussion stemming from collaboration among 30 committee members from across the nation.


 

Date: 2015-10-9
TitleLocal Ministers Heading to World Multi-Faith Gathering,” The State Register-Journal (Illinois)
Details: The Rev. Sara Isbell said she's sought out interfaith groups wherever she's gone in ministry, including her current involvement with the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, as the directing pastor of Chatham United Methodist Church."I love interfaith gatherings and friendships," said Isbell, in a recent interview at her church. "There's a lot of energy there. There's a lot of hope there. There's a lot of peace and unity there."We often discover who we are by sharing with people who are different than we are."Isbell is about to dive into the ultimate interfaith experience next week as a participant in the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.


 

Date: 2015-10-9
TitleWorld’s Largest Interfaith Gathering in Utah,” OnIslam.net
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Date: 2015-10-8
TitleParliament of World's Religions draws people from around the world,” San Jose Examiner
Details: The Parliament of the World's Religions, the largest interreligious gathering in the world, will convene for its fifth modern session in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15-19. It's been a long time coming, anticipation has been building, and thousands of participants from around the world are expected to take part in the seminars and religious practices and to hear from such internationally-respected speakers as Mairead Maguire, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Dr. Karen Armstrong, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Eboo Patel, Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, Valarie Kaur, Dr. Arun Gandhi, Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Rabbi David Saperstein, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Tavis Smiley, and Terry Tempest Williams.


 

Date: 2015-10-8
TitleKidSpirit, sole spiritual magazine by and for youth, to present at Parliament of the World’s Religions,” Religion News Service Press Releases
Details: BROOKLYN, N.Y. – KidSpirit, the award-winning spiritual magazine by and for young people, is proud to announce its participation in the upcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions. KidSpirit will be one of the few organizations to bring young voices into the growing global interfaith conversation.KidSpirit, the only forum of its kind, offers a unique perspective on fostering spiritual inquiry and mutual understanding among 11- to 17-year-olds from around the world. At the panel “KidSpirit’s Interfaith Connections: Creating and Sustaining Dynamic Global Youth Exchange,” attendees will hear from two remarkable young editors of the magazine, Nimai Agarwal and Skyler Sallick. The conversation, moderated by Founding Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, will focus on KidSpirit’s groundbreaking platform for youth from diverse religious traditions to share how their backgrounds influence the way they approach life’s big questions. Youth from all major religions have participated in the exchange, as well as those who have no religious affiliation, are from mixed traditions, or are searching. Nimai and Skyler will share their experiences and the impact KidSpirit has had on their spiritual and personal growth. The program will provide an exciting opportunity to interact with these inspiring teens and to learn ways to bring the KidSpirit experience to your community. The panel is scheduled for 2:00pm on Monday, October 19. Learn more here.


 

Date: 2015-10-4
TitleAbout Utah: Enlightened teaching from a former Buddhist monk,” Deseret News
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Date: 2015-10-2
TitleForum to Accord Farewell,” Nyooz.com, Thiruvananthapuram
Details: TAYLORSVILLE — When the Parliament of the World’s Religions convenes Oct. 15-19 at the Salt Palace, bringing some 10,000 attendees from 80 countries and 50 religions together under one roof, among the workshop presenters will be Wijitha Bandara, a former Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, who is currently a professor of religion at Salt Lake Community College.His topic: A Path Between Inclusivism and Exclusivism.Layperson’s translation: How to teach religion to college students so they’ll actually pay attention, learn something and enjoy it.Bandara, 47, who got his doctorate in the history of religions at the University of Virginia, is starting his fourth year of teaching at SLCC. Before that, he spent a year and a half at Utah State University.


 

Date: 2015-10-2
TitleForum to Accord Farewell,” Nyooz.com, Thiruvananthapuram
Details:  Summary: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Citizen’s Forum of the city will accord a farewell party for Swami Sandeepanandagiri, who is leaving for Salt Lake in the US to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The programme is scheduled for Saturday at 5.30 pm at Olympia Hall in Chandrasekharan Nair stadium which will be inaugurated by Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan. The programme will also be attended by CPI leader Pannyan Raveendran, former MLA T Sarath Chandra Prasad and actor Jagadeesh. The Swami’s mission is to interpret ‘Daivadasakam’, the famous prayer penned by Sree Narayana Guru. The prayer has marked its centenary in 2014.


 

Date: 2015-10-2
TitleParliament of the World's Religions brings interfaith movement to Utah,” Deseret News
Details: SALT LAKE CITY — On his recent visit to Utah, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid walked briskly through the Salt Palace Convention Center, taking mental notes of the preparations for the upcoming Parliament of the World's Religions.In less than two weeks, some 10,000 devotees of 50 faith traditions from 80 countries are expected to fill the halls of the convention facility for the largest interfaith event in the world.Previous host cities for the event have included Chicago; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona; and Melbourne, Australia. This year, the fifth parliament since its first appearance more than 120 years ago in 1893 will be held in the city that is headquarters to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “An introduction to the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference in Salt Lake City
DetailsThis weekend demonstrates a worldwide effort for religions to come together and share in each other’s values and beliefs. The Parliament of World Religions convenes in Salt Lake City this weekend. According to the event’s website, the event will include an opening celebration, religious and spiritual observances, workshops and plenary sessions along with much more. The Deseret News says that devotees of 50 faiths will be coming together to tell the story of the Divine Life Society.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-15
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions opens in Salt Lake City with first-ever Women’s Assembly
Details: Thousands of interfaith devotees from around the world gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center Thursday for what many believe is a historic move forward in their ability to create change on pressing issues at every level of society. The Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened regularly since 1893 in major cities around the world, but has never before featured sessions focused particularly on women’s empowerment through interfaith cooperation and advocacy.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Mending young hearts, healing the legacy of trauma
Details: Leaders in racial and religious tolerance encouraged participants at the Parliament of the World’s Religions on Friday to heal bigotry and debunk stereotypes. The Parliament, taking place in Salt Lake City this weekend, is an international conference created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities. One session on mending hearts and healing the legacy of trauma was specifically directed to teaching youth and young adults to be tolerate of all, despite their differences.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Opening ceremony celebrates people of all faiths
Details: The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City became home to the diversity of world faiths Thursday, as the international Parliament of the World’s Religions was welcomed with a colorful processional and greetings from both world and local religious leaders and political figures. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that leaders from seven American Indian tribes, clad in traditional feathered headdresses, led the way to the podium. They were followed by men and women in tunics, suits, robes and saris in various colors. Several sported religious headwear.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Magic demonstrates the Golden Rule
Details: Soule performed his show for an enraptured audience representing religions from all over the world, who gathered to engage in interfaith dialogue and got a show that had some eyes popping. The performance centered around helping students realize their connection to self, others and the Golden Rule. Throughout the magic show, Soule used visual magic tricks to demonstrate the Golden Rule in action.


 

Date: 2015-10-16
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Flash mob energizes conference crowd
DetailsSHEROES United helped make the plenary session “Focus on Women” a success by energizing the audience with a passionate chant to inspire women and then helped culminate the performance with a flash mob dance. SHEROES United was founded in Salt Lake City after six women discovered that they all had been abused, raped, or trapped in violent domestic relationships.

 


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: BYU faculty weigh in on contraceptive mandate debate
Details: Two BYU professors joined other legal experts in discussing the pros and cons of government-mandated contraceptive coverage — and by extension, religious freedom — during a debate Saturday at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The federal contraceptive mandate imposed under the Affordable Care Act has posed conflicts of conscience for a wide range of non-profit and for-profit institutions. The landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores raised questions about religious freedom for those whose beliefs prohibit or limit the use of contraceptives.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Powerful women can and do change the world
Details: The Friday morning plenary session at the Parliament of the World’s Religions focused on women’s roles in society and faiths around the world. The empowering session praised women’s strengths and accomplishments, but also mourned the lack of equality and the presence of violence towards women. Humanitarian and author Maya Tiwari greeted thousands in attendance with “Namaste,” followed by a chant. “Women, I call on you,” Tiwari repeated. “Stand up and face your power. Don’t leave it for another hour. The time is now. The time is now. Remember who you are. Goddess. Mother.”


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: How religious identity is used and abused
DetailsReligion helps manifest an individual’s innate underlying truth, but it can also serve as a roadblock to allowing the human race to uphold common identities. Respect for belief and bridging such divisions is one reason for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. “We do have multiple social identities, such as national identity, gender identity, ethnic identity, and racial identity. All of these identities can coexist, even if divergent,” explained Anindita N. Balslev, during a panel discussion on Saturday.


 

Date: 2015-10-17
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Interfaith dialogue and derailing mass murder
Details: The growing frequency of murders in Western culture presents a challenge for faith traditions, as does cultivating healthy conversations between students of different faiths. The two topics were combined into a shared session Friday at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: ‘Compassion Games’ transform competition
Details: Compassion Games, Survival of the Kindest, may be a competition, but all participants are winners. “You can’t lose in the Compassion Games,” said Jon Ramer, founder of Compassion Games International. “The more people play, the more people win.” The Games is a way to serve those in need and work together for more unified communities.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Faith groups urged to help eradicate poverty
Details: One percent of the world’s population will control as much of the planet’s financial assets as the other 99 percent by the year 2016, according to a report released by Oxfam International. Staggering statistics like that led to the inclusion of a plenary session on income inequality at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Parliament was held Oct. 15-19 and drew thousands of participants from all over the world and dozens of different religions to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Representatives from different faiths performed, presented, and participated in interfaith discussions about major world issues.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Muslim scholars examine ISIS, urge interfaith action
Details: ISIS is a term that engenders fear and confusion for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It’s a situation Muslim scholars and religious leaders gathered to discuss at the Parliament of the World’s Religions on Saturday. The question of whether ISIS is a Muslim movement is an “insidious question,” said Jonathan Brown, the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Clarifying misperceptions about Islam to defeat ISIS
Details: Correcting Western misconceptions about the Islamic faith can help take down ISIS, according to four Muslim scholars and leaders who spoke at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. “When we educate the public, we empower the public to not believe the lies that are being spread about the faith,” said Nadia Hassan, interfaith and government relations coordinator for the Islamic Society of North America. She said correcting these beliefs will create an environment where Muslims can work with the rest of the world to fight against ISIS.


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions: Heroism embodied in Mandela, King
DetailsRev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell recalled how her granddaughter was asking her family for help in learning about civil rights activist Martin Luther King, when her family told her that she should ask her grandmother instead, because she knew King. The child quickly responded with disbelief at her grandmother’s friendship by saying, “No. He’s in history.”


 

Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Parliament of the World’s Religions brings faces from diverse religions (slideshow)
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Date: 2015-10-18
Title: “Speeches, performances, and discussion filled the Parliament the World’s Religions (slideshow)
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