The Parliament of the World’s Religions was formed in the spring of 1988 to prepare for a centennial celebration of the World’s Parliament of Religions that was held in Chicago in 1893. Formed for the purpose to bring together people of diverse spiritual traditions and philosophical backgrounds, the Council was founded on the following objectives:
To convene a Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1993.
To promote understanding and cooperation among religious communities and institutions.
To encourage the spirit of harmony and to celebrate, with openness and mutual respect, the rich diversity of religions.
To assess and to renew the role of the religions of the world in relation to personal spiritual growth and to the critical issues and challenges facing the global community.
To promote and sponsor conferences, workshops, and studies; interfaith encounters, conversations, and exchanges; publications; exhibits and festivals of religious art, music, dance, and ritutal; and other appropriate activites, in anticipation of and preparation fro the 1993 Parliament.
To develop and encourage interfaith groups and programs which will carry the spirit of the Parliament into the 21st century.
1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions Assembly of Religious and Spiritual Leaders
Over 150 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world attended the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. While they were in Chicago, a small group of leaders met privately during the last three days of the Parliament. This Assembly of Religious and Spiritual Leaders was an opportunity for these individuals to discuss their hopes and visions for the future of the interfaith movement. Together, the Trustees of the Parliament of the World’d Religions convened for the following purposes:
- To provide an opportunity for Assembly members to come to know other spiritual and religious leaders in ways which could support future collaboration and actiontogether for peace, the relief of suffering, and the preservation of the planet.
- To offer the declaration of a Global Ethic and its supporting Principles for endorsement by Assembly participants.
- To invite Assembly members to identify common values and to propose projects, actions, or programs to the Trustees of the Parliament. The Council will consider ways to implement these proposals itself and, where appropriate, in collaboration with other organizations.