Parliament of the World's Religions E-Newsletter Archive 2009


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Date: 2009-11-26
Title: Eblast - Patheos at the 2009 Parliament
Details Founded in 2008,Patheos.com is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. Patheos is proud to have partnered with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, and is excited to be participating at the upcoming event in Melbourne.


 

Date: 2009-12-03
Title: Eblast - Join the Global Launch of PeaceNext.org!
Details Every five years, the Parliament of the World's Religions welcomes thousands of people to see the world through different eyes. People of different faiths come together to learn, grow and celebrate their diversity. They realize that despite their religious differences, they share a similar calling to build a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. Friendships are made. Wisdom is shared. Lessons are learned. Souls are touched. 


 

Date: 2009-12-29
Title: Eblast - 24 Hours Remaining…
Details In 24 hours, the world gathers in Melbourne… To experience world class speakers.  To share in stellar performances.  To dialogue with others of shared values and those who challenge them.  To protect sacred places and the precious resources of the earth. To seek an end to poverty while bringing the riches of the world's spirituality to Australia. 


 

Date: 2009-11-26
Title: Eblast - Five Days to Go!
Details In less than a week the world will hear your voice… a voice proclaiming that it's time to make a difference. It’s time. It’s time for an end to poverty, injustice and intolerance. It’s time for a solution to the threat of global climate change. It’s time for women and men of principle and courage to unite in spirit and to become the change they wish to see in our world. The 2009 Parliament will be an extraordinary time that could change you — and the world, for the better. In just five days it’s your time to make a world of difference – so register today.


 

Date: 2009-11-21
Title: Eblast - Online Registration Extended to 29 November!
Details The world’s greatest interfaith gathering is just around the corner. At the 2009 Parliament, you’ll discover a world of promise and possibilities. With over 650 events and 8,000 people from over 80 countries, the Parliament is an example of faith as a living, breathing reality. To view the entire program schedule, click here.


 

Date: 2009-11-18
Title: Eblast - 2 Days Left to Register Online!
Details The world is waiting for us to be the change we want to see in the world. Experience first hand some of the most influential leaders of our time. Discover remarkable stories of hope, courage and compassion and register todayfor the Parliament plenaries. Opening Plenary Speakers Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 3 December, 7:30 – 9:00pm Dr Sakena Yacoobi Founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, a groundbreaking women-led grassroots organization that has supported 80 underground home schools for girls. 


 

Date: 2009-11-03
Title: Eblast - Reserve Your Place in History
Details The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the planet's largest gathering of people of faith working together for peace on earth. Join spiritual leaders, Indigenous spokespeople,environmental activists, diplomats and peacemakers — and an array of artists and performers — in common cause to uphold human dignity and defend the rights of all. Online registration ends 19 November, so register today. Plenary Sessions Each evening Plenary is organised around a specific theme or performance. 


 

Date: 2009-11-16
Title: Eblast - Featuring 24 Conflict Resolution Programs
Details No matter how different we are, we all share the aspiration for peace. With 24 Parliament Conflict Resolution programs, including presentations by eight peacebuilding teams from areas of the world affected by conflict, you'll discover how trust is being built every day between groups of all kinds, even those long troubled by a range of religious and social conflicts.


 

Date: 2009-11-10
Title: Eblast - Make Your Voice Heard at the Parliament
Details What makes the Parliament such an unforgettable experience? Is it the wisdom imparted by great thinkers? Memorable performances? Thought-provoking symposia and workshops? It is all of these things, and something more: the convergence of peoples, cultures and faith traditions, in one place, together. 


 

Date: 2009-11-12
Title: Eblast - 19 Days to Go!
Details To find the right answers, we must first ask the right questions. The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions is about finding answers to the world’s most pressing problems. And you have a special role to play. Ask us the one question that concerns you the most. From religious conflict to poverty and social justice, your question can shape the Parliament. Twenty final questions will be explored by a panel of world leaders, thinkers and activists. Make your voice heard at the 2009 Parliament; submit your question now.


 

Date: 2009-10-27
Title: Eblast - Youth is the Word!
Details A better future begins with you. The 2009 Parliament features leading youth speakers and programs set to empower and support a new generation of young people working for change. Don’t miss the Youth Coffee House and on-the-ground Service Projects that will challege you to challenge yourself – and much more.


 

Date: 2009-10-22
Title: Eblast - Announcing Performing Arts & Sacred Music
Details Experience the beauty of the world’s most sacred music and movement.  From the refined elegance of classical Indian dance to the soulful harmonies of the Agape International Choir, Parliament performancesare sure to inspire. Register today for performances that transform spirituality into music, poetry, and harmony.


 

Date: 2009-10-01
Title: Eblast - Leading Interreligious Organization Supports Chicago 2016
Details The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions supports the city of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Executive Director, Dirk Ficca, explains, “The Olympics have the unique ability to bring together athletes, fans, and nations in the spirit of harmony and friendship. While sport may be the reason for the gathering, the ultimate achievement is the peace that we achieve and the understanding we gain.” As Chicago's largest, most religiously diverse organization promoting interreligious understanding — and with a history reaching back to the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 — the Council looks forward to offering its unparalleled resources to work hand-in-hand with the city to ensure that the religious and spiritual needs of every Olympic visitor, regardless of nationality, cultural orientation or religious affiliation, are exceeded.


 

Date: 2009-09-11
Title: Eblast - Survey on Religious Leadership
Details This coming October, the Elijah Board of World Religious Leader will convene for its fourth in-person meeting. The topic, chosen by the leaders is "The Future of Religious Leadership". We seek to facilitate a conversation within our Board of World Religious Leaders on the meaning of being a religious leader today, the common challenges we all face, and how these might affect the training of the next generation of religious leaders. In preparation for the meeting, Elijah (with the help of www.delixus.com) is conducting a worldwide survey regarding attitudes to religious leadership both personal/local and higher level (national/international). There is no data available on the issues that are of interest to us and we have therefore decided to launch this survey. Its results will inform the leaders' discussions. We are asking you to help prepare the forthcoming meeting by answering the survey. It is designed to take around 10 minutes and going through the survey could itself be a challenging moment, that will provide you with food for thought. Please help us by clicking on the link below and responding to this survey.


 

Date: 2009-09-28
Title: Eblast - Sharing the Earth, Caring for the Earth
Details At the 2009 Parliament you’ll learn not only what needs to be done, but what you can do to help heal the earth. Join the world’s leading environmentalists, ecologists and activists at the Parliament of the World's Religions – because the world is depending on you. 


 

Date: 2009-08-27
Title: Eblast - Muslim Celebration
Details:  The Chicago Muslim Experience:A Celebration of Ramadan & the Life of W.D. MohammedAmong American religious visionaries, Warith Deen Mohammed enjoys a unique and important legacy. In translating the tenets of Islam - first for the African-American community, then for Americans of all faiths - W.D. Mohammed bridged gulfs, fostered dialogue and advanced harmony among widely diverse (and often divergent) religious groups.


 

Date: 2009-08-20
Title: Eblast - The Place is Melbourne. The Time is Now.
Details A Week that Could Change You – and Just Might Change the World This December, a remarkable array of visionaries, leaders and problem-solvers will present answers to some of the central problems of our time. From feeding the hungry to protecting our environment, ensuring justice and sharing spiritual wisdom, the 2009 Parliament is an extraordinary gathering that could change you — and the world, for the better. With over 500 programs and performances, there’s something for everyone. The Parliament Comes to Life 
Through the Arts 
Experience an impressive array in the performing and visual arts: musicians, artists, healers, story-tellers, mystics and more — along with exhibits by organisations creating change around the world. For a taste of the Parliament, view the Program at a Glance. To receive regular program updates and news about the Parliament, click here.


 

Date: 2009-08-29
Title: Eblast - Last Chance to Save $$! Register Today.
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Date: 2009-09-01
Title: Eblast - Why Do Religious People Fast? Find Out on September 29
Details Among major religions of the world, fasting is both a religious duty and a means of drawing closer to God. In Hindu, Muslim and Jewish traditions, fasting is tied to key religious festivals, each stressing that by depriving the body of food, our minds are better able to focus on important spiritual matters. Ramadan for Muslims, Yom Kippur for Jews and Navaratri for Hindus each ask the believer to "leave their bodies behind" and give thought to their relationship with the world, their souls and their God. Join us at a special luncheon on September 29 to hear the outlooks of three individuals who will have recently completed the most important fasts in their respective traditions.


 

Date: 2009-08-09
Title: Eblast - Last Chance for Major Savings on Registration Rates
Details At this time, the program of the 2009 Parliament is being finalised. We have received more than 1,500 excellent program proposals, an extraordinary number, and have reviewed each proposal in depth. The Chicago and Melbourne program teams have been working hard on combing these exciting programs into sessions that will incorporate similar issues and diverse settings. Due to the high number of submissions, we have just now begun to notify candidates, and we will continue to contact applicants on a rolling basis. If you have not yet received word on a decision, you will receive notification in the near future.


 

Date: 2009-07-28
Title: Eblast - Register Today for Premium Early Bird Seating at the 2009 Parliament of the World'
Details Less than one week is left — until 31 July — to secure seats to the events that will make the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions truly unforgettable. 31 July is the final deadline to obtain the best possible perspective for our most eagerly anticipated events. Register today to experience the Opening and Closing Plenaries and Sacred Music Concert as they were meant to be seen and heard. If you have already registered for these events, you will automatically receive Early Bird seating.


 

Date: 2009-09-04
Title: Eblast - Begin a Journey to Wisdom
Details This December, Indigenous voices from around the world will be calling, teaching and, most of all, inspiring. Register now to attend the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions and encounter over 100 Indigenous speakers as they share their traditions, histories and experiences. Some of the key topics to be addressed:


 

Date: 2009-07-20
Title: Eblast - Downtown Luncheon with Dirk Ficca
Details Hunger, poverty, cross-cultural violence and environmental problems can no longer be ignored. Globalization has made us all more aware that whatever happens on one side of the world eventually affects the other. The religions of the world, Rev. Ficca explains, already provide the mental and emotional tools to make sense of this global connection in an age when we so desperately need them. And this means that dialogue and understanding among religions is vital to the well-being of our planet. The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) promotes this kind of dialogue and understanding both at the global and the grassroots levels of engagement.


 

Date: 2009-07-07
Title: Eblast - Register Today for Premium Early Bird Seating at the 2009 Parliament of the World's 
Details Experience the 2009 Parliament up close and personal. Register to attend before Friday 31 July for reserved seating in the main auditorium for the Opening and Closing Plenaries and the Sacred Music Concert. If you are already registered to attend these events, you will automatically receive this special offer. Don’t miss this limited window of opportunity! Register nowClick here for full details.


 

Date: 2009-07-01
Title: Eblast - Pre-Parliament Event in Wheaton, July 25
Details:  Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is an entrepreneurial, Chicago based international organization that seeks to build a movement of young people creating religious pluralism through cooperative social action and dialogue. IFYC envisions a world in which young people from diverse religious and philosophical perspectives interact peacefully to create unerstanding and collaboration, thereby strengthening civil society and stabilizing global politics.


 

Date: 2009-06-04
Title: Eblast - Major Speakers & Performers for 2009 Parliament Announced
Details They come from different countries, religions and spiritual traditions. They are distinguished scholars and scientists, CEOs and nuns, heads of religious organisations and Heads of State. However different their perspectives, they share a common goal: to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. And this December, they will be in Melbourne to lend their voices to the Parliament of the World’s Religions.


 

Date: 2009-06-02
Title: Eblast - You're invited to a Buddhist Celebration
Details The 25th International Buddhism Festival will include talks from the Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana traditions of Buddhism, meditation instruction, workshops, a children's program, cultural performances, and a shared meal. Everyone is welcome! This event is free of charge.


 

Date: 2009-05-08
Title: Eblast - Downtown Luncheon Series
Details Eboo Patel will discuss how interfaith leadership is crucial in this current time of religious turmoil through presenting readings and stories from his book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Millions of religious young people across the world are interacting with greater frequency. That interaction tends either toward conflict or cooperation. Where so many of these interactions tend towards conflict, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) aims to introduce a new relationship, one that is about mutual respect and religious pluralism. Instead of focusing the dialogue on political or theological differences, IFYC builds relationships on the values that we share and is creating these relationships across the world by inspiring, networking and resourcing young people, who are the leaders of this movement. IFYC provides young people and the institutions that support them with leadership training, project resources and a connection to the broader movement.


 

Date: 2009-05-29
Title: Eblast - Register Before Wednesday, April 1 for the Discounted Early Bird Rate!
Details We encourage you to take advantage of this offer and be a part of the world’s largest interfaith event. Register today and join thousands from all over the world in Melbourne, Australia on December 3-9, 2009!


 

Date: 2009-03-25
Title: Eblast - Darfur Forum, April 2nd
Details Join us for an evening of compelling and inspiring presentations, interactive exhibits and a LIVE QUESTIONS CAMPAIGN BOOTH on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Ameerah Haq, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan will share her inspiring story of involvement with the United Nations Development Programme. Brief presentations on the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions and Amnesty International’s Darfur Campaign will also highlight the evening. Learn what you can do right now to promote peace and reconciliation internationally and in your own backyard! This event will feature an interactive art exhibit, Displaced, a traveling installation that will guide you through four themed refugee experiences: Conflict in Darfur, Flight and Displacement, Life in a Displacement Camp, and Toward a Solution. Placards, photographs, maps and handouts form the core content of each theme.


 

Date: 2009-03-18
Title: Eblast - 12 Days Left for the Early Bird Registration Rate!
Details The Parliament provides an opportunity for Indigenous People around the world to voice their concerns and aspirations, and to share their wisdom and insights. Topics will include the environment, spirituality, rights and governance, culture (including history, education and language), colonization and de-colonization, and more as determined by the Indigenous Task Force. Indigenous perspectives will be included throughout the Parliament programming. Outreach is currently underway to ensure the participation of Indigenous People from around the globe. Faithkeeper Oren Lyons of the Onandaga Nation will speak.


 

Date: 2009-03-24
Title: Eblast - Jain Community Celebration
Details The Jain Religion is a way of life. For thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, and environmentalism. Jainism's three core practices are:


 

Date: 2009-03-16
Title: Eblast - Two Weeks Left for the Early Bird Registration Rate!
Details The Parliament provides an opportunity for Indigenous people around the world to voice their concerns and aspirations, and to share their wisdom and insights. Topics will include the environment, spirituality, rights and governance, culture (including history, education and language), colonization and de-colonization, and more as determined by the Indigenous Task Force. Indigenous perspectives will be included throughout the Parliament programming. Outreach is currently underway to ensure the participation of Indigenous people from around the globe. Faithkeeper Oren Lyons of the Onandaga Nation will speak.


 

Date: 2009-03-19
Title: Eblast - Community Celebrations and Forums
Details Join us for an evening of compelling and inspiring presentations, interactive exhibits and a LIVE QUESTIONS CAMPAIGN BOOTH on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Ameerah Haq, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan will share her inspiring story of involvement with the United Nations Development Programme. Brief presentations on the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions and Amnesty International’s Darfur Campaign will also highlight the evening. Learn what you can do right now to promote peace and reconciliation internationally and in your own backyard!


 

Date: 2009-03-01
Title: Eblast - Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended! Discounted Rate Now Available Until Marc
Details To offer additional groups and individuals the opportunity to register at the significantly lower cost, the Early Bird Deadline has been extended through March 31, 2009.  We encourage you to take advantage of this significantly lower cost to register for the 2009 Parliament of the Worlds Religions, Melbourne, Australia December 3-9, 2009.  Encounter the vast and rich diversity of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions and take part in over 500 events, including major addresses, seminars, conferences, dialogues, performances, concerts and exhibitions.


 

Date: 2009-02-21
Title: Eblast - One Week To Go! Final Call for Early Bird Registration & Program Proposals
Details We invite you to submit a program proposal for the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions to be held December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The largest interfaith event in the world, the Parliament will bring together more than 8000 people of faith, spirit and goodwill from around the world. Programs may include, but are not limited to, lectures, workshops, panel discussions, films, and art exhibits. The deadline for proposal submission is February 28, 2009. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be actively involved in promoting and strengthening interfaith dialogue and cooperation.


 

Date: 2009-02-13
Title: Eblast - Downtown Luncheon Series
Details Congratulations to Eboo Patel for being appointed to the new White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Barack Obama! Eboo Patel will discuss how interfaith leadership is crucial in this current time of religious turmoil through presenting readings and stories from his book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.


 

Date: 2009-02-12
Title: Eblast - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS AND PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 28TH
Details We invite you to submit a program proposal for the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions to be held December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The largest interfaith event in the world, the Parliament will bring together more than 8000 people of faith, spirit and goodwill from around the world. Programs may include, but are not limited to, lectures, workshops, panel discussions, films, and art exhibits. The deadline for proposal submission is February 28, 2009. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be actively involved in promoting and strengthening interfaith dialogue and cooperation


 

Date: 2009-01-26
Title: Eblast - Downtown Luncheon Series
Details Eboo Patel will discuss how interfaith leadership is crucial in this current time of religious turmoil through presenting readings and stories from his book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Millions of religious young people across the world are interacting with greater frequency. That interaction tends either toward conflict or cooperation. Where so many of these interactions tend towards conflict, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) aims to introduce a new relationship, one that is about mutual respect and religious pluralism. Instead of focusing the dialogue on political or theological differences, IFYC builds relationships on the values that we share and is creating these relationships across the world by inspiring, networking and resourcing young people, who are the leaders of this movement. IFYC provides young people and the institutions that support them with leadership training, project resources and a connection to the broader movement.