Calling for Nominations for the Official Awards
To be Presented at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

The Parliament is seeking nominations for seven distinguished awards that will be presented at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.

On the 25th and 125th anniversary year of the Parliament of the World's Religions, we are inaugurating five new honors to correlate to the mission of the organization. In total seven awards will be presented at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions taking place in Toronto, Canada from November 1-7, 2018. 

1. The Carus Award - for outstanding work in the international interreligious movement. The fourth ever Carus Award will also be presented at the Parliament this year for excellence in advancing the interreligious movement around the world. The award is sponsored by Blouke Carus, a former Parliament trustee and grandson of the late Paul Carus, a co-organizer of the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions. Past honorees have included Dr. Karen Armstrong, Dr. Ishmael Noko for Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa and Bishop McLeod Baker Ochola II and the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative. This award includes a generous cash prize from the Carus family.

2. Interfaith Engagement with the World Award - presented to two or more religious or spiritual organizations that have joined together and engaged at least one of the world's guiding institutions to achieve significant change in the areas of justice, peace, and ecological sustainability. 

3. Global Ethic Award - in honor of our signature document, for "moral leadership that exemplifies one or more of the five directives of the Parliament's Declaration Toward a Global Ethic or leadership in increasing awareness of the Declaration and promoting its practical application in the world.

4. Parliament of the World's Religions Justice Award - to an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced justice in the world.

5. Parliament of the World's Religions Peace Award - to an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably reduced hate and violence and advanced peace in the world.

6. Parliament of the World's Religions Ecological Flourishing Award - to an individual or organization whose commitment to interfaith cooperation has demonstrably advanced the Earth's sustainability and flourishing.

7. The Parliament of the World's Religions Ahimsa Award - for exceptional contributions that enhance and strengthen the interfaith community through non-violence, sponsored by Jain communities around the world.

Past awards of the Parliament of the World's Religions have also included recognition for embodying the spirit of the Parliament's Faith Against Hate programme, the Golden Rule, Cultivation of Harmony, and Outstanding Journalism.

Eligibility & Process 

Nominees will be judged and the winner(s) will be selected by members of a trustee committee of the board in consultation with members of Parliament of the World's Religions task forces with mastery of the field, as appropriate.* 

Nominees will be eligible so long as they are not members of the Parliament of the World's Religions Board of Trustees, or staff, or affiliated by membership on a Parliament of the World's Religions Task Force.

Nominees known to have previously served the Parliament of the World's Religions in any of these capacities will be eligible. 

Nominees of all ages will be eligible for each award.

*The Ahimsa Award - Winner will be determined by the Parliament of the World's Religions in consultation with its Jain outreach partners. 

*The Carus Award - Winner will be determined in partnership with the Carus Family. 

Submit Nomination

Nominations will be accepted until September 24, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET.

2015 Honorees
Faith Against Hate Award - For an exceptional contribution to countering hate within the global community.

Honoree: Serve 2 Unite 

In the wake of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting on August 5th, 2012, Serve 2 Unite emerged in a spirit of defiance. The hate behind the murder was met with an ongoing practice of fearless, creative compassion. Rooted in the principles of service to others, and relentless optimism in the face of adversity, Serve 2 Unite today engages young people of all backgrounds to value humanity and the aspiration of living a genuine, honest life as a peacemaker. Accepted by Pardeep Kaleka, Rahul Dubey, and Arno Michaelis.

Outstanding Journalist Award - Recognizing distinguished and outstanding contributions to justice and peace through journalism

Honoree: Patrice O'Neill 

Patrice O’Neill is a filmmaker, journalist and leader of Not In Our Town, a community-based movement of people working to stop hate together. She has produced the successful Not In Our Town national series on PBS and led a multi-platform approach that utilizes documentary film, social networking, outreach and organizing efforts to encourage dialogue and community action. The series began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement that continues to thrive in communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Ahimsa Award - For an exceptional contribution that enhances and strengthens the interfaith community through non-violence, sponsored by Jain communities around the world.

Honoree: Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion was created by Dr. Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by TED.com, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. The Charter mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors. Accepted by the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell.

Golden Rule Award - For exceptional contributions promoting the “Golden Rule”.

Honoree: Dr. Paul Eppinger 

Dr. Paul Eppinger graduated from William Jewell College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He served as a missionary in Japan, and the pastor of four different American Baptist Churches. He was the Statewide Director of the “Victory Together” campaign in 1992 to establish an AZ Martin Luther King holiday. From 1993 – 2002, he was the Executive Director of the Arizona Ecumenical Council until he became the Executive Director Honoree of the Arizona Interfaith Movement in 2002.

Cultivating Harmony Award - Recognizing organizations for their outstanding contribution to interfaith community.

Honoree: Dr. Maung Zarni

Dr. Maung Zarni is a Burmese scholar and activist in exile. He is a non-resident scholar with the Sluek Rith Institute in Cambodia, a world renowned genocide documentation center. He has held visiting research fellowships at Harvard University, Oxford University, London School of Economics, University of Malaya and Chulalongkorn University, He is widely recognized as an outspoken public intellectual on the issues of Rohingya genocide, democratization, anti-Muslim racism, human rights and minority rights.

Paul Carus Award - For outstanding work in the international interreligious movement. 

Honoree: Dr. Karen Armstrong

Dr. Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator, as well as a former Roman Catholic nun. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam was published in 1993, followed by a series of books exploring major religions, compassion and the history of sectarian violence. In 2008, Armstrong was awarded the Ted Prize to launch the Charter for Compassion, a global campaign to activate compassion at the center of our lives Honoree and social institutions through collaborative partnerships worldwide.