Parliament of the World's Religions E-Newsletter Archive 2016

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Date: 2016-11-28
Title: Eblast - A Gift from the Parliament 
Details We are proud of the gift we’ve prepared for you, which has taken a good deal of time …and some imagination, too.

Date: 2016-12-16
Title: Eblast - In Solidarity with the Coptic Christian Community
Details The Parliament of the World’s Religions extends its deepest sympathy to the Coptic Community in Egypt – and wherever it gathers across the globe – for the tragic, hateful, and senseless loss of life at the St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Cairo on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Date: 2016-11-28
Title: Eblast - On #GivingTuesday, Stand for the Parliament
Details As a non-profit organization committed to bridging religious, cultural, and ideological divides, we have historically refrained from endorsing political candidates. We will continue to live under that model.

Date: 2016-11-24
Title: Eblast - Our Giving of Thanks
Details Our giving of thanks at the Parliament is for all who work for justice, peace, and sustainability across all the expressions of faith. To all of you, we are thankful for you. And keep up the great interfaith work. The world we share needs all of us sticking together and continuing what we do.

Date: 2016-11-11
Title: Eblast - Today, We Are Standing Up for Standing Rock
Details Today, representatives of the Parliament of the World’s Religions leadership have arrived in North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Date: 2016-11-04
Title: Eblast - The Parliament of the World’s Religions Celebrates Entry Into Force of the Paris Climat
Details Today, November 4, 2016, the world celebrates the “entry into force” of the historic Paris Climate agreement reached by 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last December in Paris at the COP21 conference. On behalf of the tens of thousands of participants in the Parliament of the World’s Religions committed to climate action around the globe, we express our gratitude to all who have participated in achieving this critically important step and pledge ourselves to the important work yet to come.

Date: 2016-10-11
Title: Eblast - Upholding Women's Dignity and Human Rights
Details Today is the International Day of the Girl, a day declared in 2011 by the United Nations “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere."

Date: 2016-10-05
Title: Eblast - Watch Faith & Environmental Justice Tonight Livestreaming from Chicago!
Details The Days of Awe on the Jewish calendar, from Rosh haShanah to Yom Kippur, align with special days of Muharram, Hi jra and Ashura, on the Muslim calendar. Embracing this confluence of ritual energy, we work together on personal and social transformation. 

Date: 2016-10-11
Title: Eblast - This Weekend in Portland: a Taste of the Parliament!
Details Attending a Parliament of World Religions is an incredible experience. It creates worldwide connections, and participants return home with hope and enthusiasm to share with their communities. We are sharing this amazing experience with Portland and the Northwest as a one day sample of the Parliament, a “taste”, so to speak.

Date: 2016-09-29
Title: Eblast - Next Week in Chicago, Join us for Faith & Environmental Justice at CTS
Details The Days of Awe on the Jewish calendar, from Rosh haShanah to Yom Kippur, align with special days of Muharram, Hi jra and Ashura, on the Muslim calendar. Embracing this confluence of ritual energy, we work together on personal and social transformation. 

Date: 2016-10-07
Title: Eblast - Bring Your #FaithInWomen to a Global Call Honoring the Anniversary of the Histor
Details:  Celebrating the anniversary of the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions and a year of inspirational action for women’s spirituality, dignity and human rights! Learn More Here >

Date: 2016-09-13
Title: Eblast - New Study on Attitudes of Toward Islam and Muslims
Details The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University has provided a study on Catholic attitudes toward Islam and Muslims that is exemplary in its honesty and transparency

Date: 2016-09-12
Title: Eblast - Parliament Invites You to International Day of Peace at the United Nations

Date: 2016-08-31
Title: Eblast - "World Religions After Sept. 11" Conference Coming Soon to Montreal 
Details Don’t miss out on discussions about critical issues of faith in today's world. Witness the release of the first ever Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions.

Date: 2016-08-25
Title: Eblast - Webcast Tomorrow & MOOCs Will Feature Mary Evelyn Tucker
Details:  Take advantage of a rare opportunity to participate in a livestream tomorrowfeaturing major Parliament presenter, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, entitled "Living Cosmology, Dwelling Within the Journey of the Universe" - Friday, August 26 at 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

Date: 2016-08-22
Title: Eblast - Ahimsa Tees Commemorate Salt Lake Parliament
Details Weeks before the Salt Lake City Parliament, a generous Jain trustee printed T-shirts to be distributed at the conference. Unfortunately, the shipment was delayed and arrived after the Parliament was over! Now we have several hundred of these vibrant shirts waiting for you to claim them as keepsakes of the 2015 Parliament.

Date: 2016-07-22
Title: Eblast - We Resist Despair: A Recommitment to Nonviolence 
Details The Parliament of the World’s Religions has a focused commitment to address issues of violence. It is one of three critical issues that hold priority in our mission and work. The recent rash of egregious violence has been shocking; not only because of the sheer number of incidents, their frequency, their aberrant severity, and the amount of lives lost and injured, though all of these are important in their own right

Date: 2016-07-05
Title: Eblast - An Expression of Sorrow and Distress
Details Those of us who are not Muslims cannot imagine how devastating the tragic events of the last days of Ramadan have been for you. We know that there is wide consensus that these terrorist attacks are largely based in politics and that Islam is being used in distorted ways and manipulated for political purposes.

Date: 2016-07-03
Title: Eblast – Parliament Trustee Remembers Elie Wiesel
Details For Elie Wiesel, who died July 2 at 87 years old, madness was not insanity. It was rather the willingness, often in the face of incredible odds, to stand up for human dignity no matter what one's national identity, racial heritage or sexual orientation might be.

Date: 2016-10-07
Title: Eblast - Bring Your #FaithInWomen to a Global Call Honoring the Anniversary of the Histor
Details Celebrating the anniversary of the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions and a year of inspirational action for women’s spirituality, dignity and human rights! Learn More Here >

Date: 2016-06-14
Title: Eblast - Homophobia, Love, and Interfaith After Orlando
Details At the closing of the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions, a foundational declaration was released entitled Declaration Toward a Global Ethic, a document that serves as a moral compass guiding the Parliament’s work. It resolutely prohibits hate, discrimination, and murder on any basis as “irrevocable.”

Date: 2016-06-02
Title: Eblast - The Parliament Launches An Interfaith Ramadan Challenge!
Details Professor Larycia Hawkins, formerly of Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, introduced us at the Parliament to the concept of “embodied solidarity” to explain her Christian and interfaith action of wearing a headscarf in solidarity with her Muslim sisters during the Christian observance of Lent

Date: 2016-05-27
Title: Eblast - Another Opportunity
Details Rob Sellers and I wrote you a few weeks ago, asking for your support of the Parliament. We recognize that the Parliament can only do its work if we have partners like you; partners who believe that the interfaith movement can and must prosper, and that such prospering  requires us to draw on the best of our traditions and our shared energy.

Date: 2016-05-21
Title: Eblast - Tonight Chicago Honors Swami Chidananda's Birth Centenary
Details This evening, several members of the Parliament staff will attend a celebration of the life of Swami Chidananda, a Hindu luminary who played a major role in the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Parliament Executive Director Dr. Larry Greenfield and Board Trustee Swami Varadananda will each have the honor of saying a few words about his history with the Parliament. 

Date: 2016-05-27
Title: Newsletter - What's Love Got To Do with the Sustainable Development Goals?
Details We’ve all heard of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), launched to much fanfare in New York last September. Yet less well known are the Bristol Faith Commitments, adopted just a few weeks earlier, when representatives from twenty four different faith traditions launched 10 year pledges as a response to the SDGs, ranging from poverty, education and the environment, to more particular but related causes, such as green pilgrimage. The Bristol Faith Commitments should not be ignored for several reasons, and it is notable that Paul Ladd, responsible for planning the post-2015 agenda for the UN Development Programme, was in attendance.

Date: 2016-05-12
Title: Eblast - A Statement of Concern on Religious Persecution
Details THis is the text for the detail: The Parliament of the World’s Religions is committed to cultivating harmony among religious and spiritual communities across the globe. That, in turn, demands that we stand and speak against actions that contribute to the conflict, disrespect, and oppression of faith communities throughout the world. As we observe the 8th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of seven Bahai leaders and the oppression inflicted on other members of the Bahai community in Iran, the following statement expresses our dismay that these conditions continue to exist and conveys our encouragement for actions that will bring an end to this kind of abuse in Iran and anywhere it occurs across the globe.

Date: 2016-05-08
Title: Newsletter - Celebrating the Strength of Mothers
Details Every one of us emerged from our mothers.But that, in the birth sense, isn’t what most of us remember and cherish most about our moms.It’s our emerging into the development of a self that is far more important.That’s not to say that dads are without a defining role.Probably more than most kids, I spent a lot of time with my dad throughout my childhood and adolescence. He accompanied me when I sold newspapers at the local Veterans Hospital every morning. I worked as a shoeshine boy in his barbershop after school in the afternoons. We went to the YMCA together at the end of the day for exercise and a shower and then ate dinner together when we got home. All pretty special for both a boy and his dad!But there was never any doubt in my mind – nor in my dad’s – that it was my mom who shaped me as a human being the most.

Date: 2016-04-29
Title: Eblast - Our Sacred Duty
Details We write you, for the first time together, as the leadership team of the Parliament of the World’s Religions – as the newly elected chair of the Board of Trustees (Rob) and the recently appointed Executive Director (Larry). We first want to thank you for what you each of you have done - and are still doing - on behalf of the Parliament, and to express our gratitude to those women and men who have provided leadership in the past. We stand in solidarity with you and in continuity with the vision of our earlier leaders.

Date: 2016-04-22
Title: Newsletter - Liberation Has Many Layers 
Details Though Jain monks seldom travel outside India, His Holiness Dr. Vasanth Vijayji Maharaj detoured to Chicago and honored the Parliament with an illuminating visit, taking precious time from a rare U.S. tour. The Parliament community will remember Dr. Maharaj as an esteemed speaker of the 2015 Parliament plenary on War, Violence Hate Speech, where he also presented the Parliament's inaugural Ahimsa Award to the Charter for Compassion. His Holiness is the first Jain saint to be appointed as the Ambassador of Peace by the United Nations and the Diplomatic Consular from India by the International Parliament of Safety and Peace. He was honored with the Public Peace Prize for 2014 and was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2010.

Date: 2016-04-22
Title: Eblast - Tuesday: Pledge Solidarity with in Chicago Dr. Larycia Hawkins and Faith Leaders
Details In a time of unprecedented political divisiveness in America and rampant violent extremism around the world, we need leaders with the wisdom and courage to bring about a more just and compassionate human community. Religious leaders have a special responsibility to answer this challenge by demonstrating “Embodied Solidarity”

Date: 2016-04-12
Title: Newsletter - Join Us for "Embodied Solidarity" with Dr. Larycia Hawkins & Chicago's Religious Leade
Details In a time of unprecedented political divisiveness in America  and rampant violent extremism around the world, we need leaders with the wisdom  and courage to bring about a more just and compassionate human community. Religious leaders have a special responsibility to answer this challenge, including collaboration with political and media leaders.* Dr. Larycia Hawkins recently demonstrated how to do this. Acting on her conviction of “Embodied Solidarity,” the tenured political science professor at Wheaton College – a premier Christian Evangelical institution -- wore a head scarf (hijab) in solidarity with her Muslim sisters who were experiencing Islamophobia. Her courageous stand led to public controversy and, eventually, the loss of her job.

Date: 2016-04-08
Title: Newsletter - Bring Future Parliaments to Your City
Details Global interfaith organization seeks interested cities from around the world to embark on the path of becoming host to a future Parliament of the World Religions conference. We represent the world's most historic interfaith gathering and bring the most diverse and forward-thinking group of multinational leaders, advocates and practitioners of global peace, justice and sustainability.Attending the historic Parliament event is said to be "transformative," for both the hosts and participants. After the past five-day Parliament in 2015 concluded with record attendance from more than 70 countries and hundreds of traditions, an unparalleled platform established for young leaders, women and indigenous peoples, the next questions are:

Date: 2016-04-11
Title: Newsletter - Your Invitation to the opening of THE BRIDGE exhibition in Chicago
Details We are excited to share word about a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and interfaith advocates coming up tomorrow evening in Chicago.All are invited to attend a reception welcoming Caravan's art exhibit THE BRIDGE to Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago! Event details and a flyer are below.

Date: 2016-03-28
Title: Newsletter - Parliament Responds to Heartbreaking Easter Sunday Terrorism
Details The Parliament of the World’s Religions expresses our heartbreak over the incomprehensible events of Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, where Christians celebrating one of the holiest and happiest of Christian occasions were targeted at a family-centered amusement park by an extremist suicide bomber.Sunday’s attack in Pakistan follows several violent episodes claimed by affiliates of terrorist networks devastating European, Middle Eastern, and African cities in the past week.


Date: 2016-03-25
Title: Newsletter - Another Week of Love and Violence
Details How to describe what feelings are in my heart now that Brussels has been under attack and so many people have been killed by terrorist attacks? What to do now? It is a chilling thought that I know and used that very subway station in Brussels- recently, regularly, while going to interreligious meetings in Brussels. I could have been a victim, too, and left my wife and child behind. In conversations about this kind of risk I told my family that even in the "unlikely event" of this happening to me, I still think that taking the risk is preferable to a world without freedom to speak out, without interreligious contacts, without work for peace. That kind of world would seem to me like a real inferno on earth.

Date: 2016-03-17
Title: Newsletter - Women of Faith Stand for Sustainability
Details:  The Mother Who Hated Nukes and Loved the Lord “Why did you, American Mother of the Year, commit civil disobedience in front of the Trident nuclear submarine?” a reporter asked the white haired, 78-year-old woman as she left the courthouse. The woman, accused of being in a little boat blocking a nuclear submarine, answered without a moment’s hesitation. “I did it for the children of the world,” she said.

Date: 2016-03-09
Title: Eblast - The Parliament Chair Introduces New Executive Director
Details: PARLIAMENT CHAIR INTRODUCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR It gives me great pleasure to introduce the new Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Dr. Larry Greenfield, former Trustee and Vice Chair of the Parliament, who previously served as Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. Dr. Greenfield, who has served the Parliament as Interim Executive Director since September 2015, was elected by the Trustees of the Board of the Parliament in its spring meeting this past weekend.

Date: 2016-02-26
Title: Newsletter - Making Religious Literacy Globally Accessible
Details: Five Young Jains Offer Their Parliament Takeaways  ...With so much hate and violence around the world, particularly in light of the recent events in San Bernardino, Paris, Mali, and Beirut (to name just a few), it was refreshing to attend and see the collaborative efforts to protect the interests of mankind. Collectively, we have never seen so much compassion, love, and genuine openness for one another's faith.

Date: 2016-02-19
Title: Newsletter - Theoretical Solidarity is No Solidarity at All 
Details: Theoretical Solidarity is No Solidarity At All Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - the day before this was written - was a convergence. It marked the one year anniversary of the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife of six weeks Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her younger sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, murdered in their home. It marked the resolution of the ongoing drama between Dr. Larycia Hawkins—a Christian political science professor who donned a traditional Muslim head covering to express her solidarity with her oppressed Muslim sisters—and Wheaton College, her former employer.

Date: 2016-02-05
Title: Eblast - Tell Us a Story
Details: You were there, October 15 - 19 in Salt Lake City, with more than 10,000 of your global neighbors committing to build a better planet. Each and every one of you has a beautiful Parliament memory, and we want to hear them. When you reflect on the days of the Parliament, what springs to mind? What story do you keep telling to your friends, family, and community? Parliament stories — from grand, global encounters to intense, personal moments of spirituality — can produce incredible responses in others. Let’s keep the sacred fire burning.

Date: 2016-02-04
Title: Eblast - Train to Become an Interfaith Ally in Chicago
Details:  You have a choice to make this Sunday, and it's not between the Broncos and the Panthers. Choose the Parliament and become an Interfaith Ally! The Parliament is a proud advocate of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, an annual event observed during the first week of February.

Date: 2016-01-31
Title:  Eblast - The Marrakech Declaration is Historic and Inspiring
Details: THE MARRAKECH DECLARATION HISTORIC AND INSPIRING It was my privilege, on behalf of the Parliament of the World’s Religions,to attend the January 25-27 Marrakech Conference on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Lands, conducted under the high patronage of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, of Morocco. Three prominent leaders had worked on this initiative since 2012—Shiekh Abdallah Bin Bayyah of Abu Dhabi, President for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies; Dr. Ahmed Toufiq of Rabat, Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs for the Kingdom of Morocco; and Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi of Washington, D.C., Director for The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.

Date: 2016-01-29
Title: Eblast - Don't Miss Jim Wallis Monday in Chicago!
Details: Discussing his new book America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Rev. Jim Wallis is touring the nation to hold public book talks and panels with civic and interfaith leadership.The Parliament invites you to join us in digging deeper into dialogue with Rev. Jim Wallis for events in Chicago on Monday, February 1

Date: 2016-01-25
Title: Eblast - 10 Strategies to Counter Islamophobia
Details: This presentation will share the impact of Islamophobia on America and the American Muslim community, as well as 10 strategies which the peace and justice movement can pursue to liberate America from rising fear, hate, and anger.

Date: 2016-01-27
Title: Newsletter - A Word from Parliament Board Chair Dr. Rob Sellers
Details: New Board Chair Dr. Rob Sellers Greets Parliament Just a few days into January 2016 and my tenure as the new Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, I want to wish you a productive and meaningful new year! I hope that wherever you live and whatever you do will give you many opportunities to contribute to our shared mission of promoting understanding, cooperation, and harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities. The present state of the world—where war, conflicts, terrorism, ethnic cleansings, refugee flight from danger, hatred, bigotry, random violence, and crime create anxiety, uncertainty, and fear for millions of people—the need for the followers of all faiths to work for a better world is self-evident. We must not think that these problems will disappear on their own, for they demand the response of good and courageous people.

Date: 2016-01-14
Title: Eblast - Digging Deeper Into Racism with Jim Wallis February 1
Details: Sojourners and the Chicago Community Trust are bringing Rev. Jim Wallis to Chicago February 1, and the Parliament is proud to promote these events! Dig deeper into dialogue with Rev. Jim Wallis during his book tour discussing white privilege and ending racism with the new book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.