The 2014 Parliament of the World's Religions
The largest, most inclusive and most diverse interreligious gathering in the world. It is the pinacle event of the interreligious movement, gathering the top academics, spiritual and religious leaders, activists, community leaders, and people of goodwill from all sectors of society. More than 10,000 people from virtually every religious, spiritual and convictional tradition are expected to participate in the 2014 Parliament.
Sacred Space & Community
Because sacred spaces are a tangible means for community-building, the Council organizes Open Houses in diverse places of worship and practice in the Chicago area and throughout the international Partner Cities Network.
Social Cohesion Project
In the midst of the xenophobia that is sweeping Europe, Malmo, Sweden has offered to serve as the inaugural site for one of the Council’s most exciting new ventures. This experimental five-year process will connect and mobilize mainstream religious communities to act as advocates for immigrant religious communities.
Educating Future Leaders
The Council is committed to better equipping leaders of the global interreligious movement. At the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, the Council provided special programming for Christian, Jewish and Muslim students to prepare for leadership in our increasingly multi-religious world. Currently, we offer trainings and workshops – both local and virtual – on interreligious dialogue and action.
Newsletters, Webinars & Trainings
We publish a topically current and thematically rich e-newsletter every two weeks to share important news and events from around the world. Monthly online webinars address cutting-edge issues and are hosted by prominent religious thinkers and leaders.
The Council’s social network, PeaceNext.org has been called "the Facebook of the Interreligious Movement," connecting people around the world who are working for a more just and peaceful world. Currently, PeaceNext.org has over 3,000 members, as well as groups on issues ranging from conflict resolution to the environment to women’s leadership. See what the buzz is about at www.PeaceNext.org
Partner Cities Network
The Council has built relationships with over 70 cities around the world in the effort to build an enduring, multifaceted interreligious movement. Together, we help chart a course that will strengthen bonds between diverse religious and cultural communities, and prioritize each city’s projects for growth and action.
Each year we receive requests from passionate and committed individuals who are struggling financially and do not have the resources to participate in Council programs and activities. In response to the generosity of our membership, we are creating a scholarship fund to help others who need financial assistance.