2018 Anniversary Banquet

Commemorating both the first World’s Parliament of Religions at the 1893 Columbian Exposition — the birth of the interfaith movement — as well as the convening of the first modern Parliament in Chicago in 1993, the Toronto 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is celebrating both of its anniversaries.

We invite you to join us to celebrate these birthdays at the Parliament’s Anniversary Banquet, taking place on Monday evening, November 5, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

It is hard to overstate the stunning impact of Swami Vivekananda on the initial Parliament and his subsequent influence within his own religious tradition and the traditions of others. Representing the legacy of Swami Vivekananda will be Swami Sarvapriyananda, who heads the Vedanta Society of New York and is a dynamic figure in the Ramakrishna Order.

Assessing the impact of the Parliament itself on the world at large will be world-renowned historian of religions Dr. Lawrence Sullivan, who will also suggest what role the Parliament of the World’s Religions can and should have on the world of the 21st century.

And in the audience, interfaith actors will have the opportunity to meet one another to plan the next chapters of the interfaith revolution, set alight in 1993 and burning hot in the hearts of religious studies professors and students, activists, changemakers, and worshippers for 25 years.

And 100 years ago, the 1893 World Parliament of religions was not only a convening of Eastern and Western traditions, but a revealing of the immense contributions that Jainism, Yoga, Buddhism, Baha’i, and Christian Science can make to the human family. It was also a watershed moment in the awareness, acceptance, and celebration of women in the worlds of faith and thought; a fight for recognition and equality that still continues to this day.

The Anniversary Banquet will, therefore, be an occasion to look back on moments of birth — 25 years and 100 — and to look ahead to renewed and continued flourishing.

Reserve your seat or a table for eight today!