In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions was convened in Chicago, with 8,000 people from all over the world coming together to celebrate diversity and harmony and to explore religious and spiritual responses to the critical issues which confront us all. At the 1993 Parliament, an assembly of religious and spiritual leaders gave its assent to a groundbreaking document, Towards a Global Ethic: an Initial Declaration. The declaration is a powerful statement of the ethical common ground shared by the world's religious and spiritual traditions.