Thu, November 1st, 07:00 PM
Opening Plenary — The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love
Room Exhibit Hall ABC
The Opening Plenary of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions lays the foundation for all of the programs, productions, and plenaries that follow over the next six days. At the conclusion of this Parliament, thousands of committed persons of faith and conscience will be further prepared to bring about the radical change that our world so desperately requires. That change, however, can only be actualized if people of faith and conscience dare to believe that a far-reaching commitment to inclusion has greater promise than inherited patterns of exclusion and token representation. But even then, the promise of inclusion alone will be ineffective in bringing about radical change unless it is bolstered by a deeper understanding of love and love’s incarnation in life itself — a deeper commitment to mutual and comprehensive care for one another. This is the task of the Opening Plenary: be clear, concise, and courageous about what undergirds this lofty project of radical inclusion and love.