Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago Commemorates Parliament of the World's Religions Anniversaries

Dear Members and Friends of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions:

As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I am pleased to welcome all of those gathered for both the 120th & 20th anniversary celebrations for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

It is truly exciting to know what an important role Chicago has played in the 120 years since the inaugural Parliament of the World’s Religions was held here, and then 20 years ago in the second – the 1993 Parliament. The 1893 Chicago Parliament opened the door for the interreligious movement and that event brought together thousands of people from all over the world. It marked a pivotal moment for many different religions and spiritual communities from the east and west coming together around a common commitment to justice and peace.

In 1993, the second Parliament introduced a Global Ethics Initiative that maintains a vision of people living peacefully together and sharing responsibility for the care of the earth while identifying the common commitments that come out of different belief traditions. In Chicago, we know there’s a need for this important work. When religious and spiritual communities combine their strengths and commitments, a more just, peaceful and sustainable world is the result.

These special anniversary celebrations and benefits represent an ongoing commitment to thoughtful, enduring work. The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions not only unites people of spirit and faith to engage with the issues of our time, but also mobilizes efforts to combat bias and hate. I offer heartfelt congratulations on this auspicious occasion and recognize all of those
involved.

I am confident that Chicago will continue to be a central meeting place for the Council for a
Parliament of the World’s Religions. Best wishes for much continued success.

Sincerely,

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor

Featured image courtesy of Flickr - Daniel X. O'Niel

RELATED BLOG POSTS

A Preface by Imam Dr. Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Board of Trustees Human interconnectedness has been transformed dramatically by technology. However, our hearts and our minds are yet to be aligned with the God-...
[More]
The Parliament of the World’s Religions faced difficulty in the early nineties pumping up the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago to participate in plans for the centennial Parliament of 1993. Then came Sister Joan McGuire...
[More]

LATEST BLOG POSTS

September 11 is a day of remembrance at the Parliament. Every year, we celebrate the first gathering of Western and Eastern faith traditions took place on another September 11, 1893, at the first World's Parliament of...
[More]
At the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, Swami Vivekananda addressed thousands of attendees and delivered a speech that cemented him as a key figure in what would become the global interfaith movement. This weekend...
[More]