THE GLOBAL ETHIC

What is the Global Ethic?

The Global Ethic is a landmark declaration of the Parliament of the World's Religions stating the universal values and principles shared by the world's religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions. Though it emerged from consultations with scholars and religious leaders from many of the world's religions and regions, the Global Ethic is a statement of basic ethical commitments shared by people throughout the globe, religious or not.

The Need for a Global Ethic

The Global Ethic responds to an urgent practical need as well as a deep spiritual hunger for clear moral guidance on the most fundamental issues of human life and conduct. It expresses a minimal set of principles for committed action in a world torn by violence, religious and racial hatred, oppression of women and minority groups, extremes of wealth and poverty, and the growing threat of climate change and destruction of the natural world. A major achievement of the Global Ethic is to demonstrate that there is agreement on these issues. It recognizes that beyond legislated laws and conventions there must be changes in people's minds, hearts, and ways of life.

The Parliament's Call

The Parliament of the World's Religions calls all people, religious or not, to commit themselves to the values and principles of a global ethic. The Parliament also calls for people all over the world to signal their support for the Global Ethic by signing it.

The Principles of a Global Ethic

We recall the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. What is formally proclaimed on the level of rights, we wish to confirm and deepen here from the perspective of an ethic: the full realization of the intrinsic dignity of the human person, the inalienable freedom and equality in principle of all humans, and the necessary solidarity and interdependence of all human with each other.

We do not wish to gloss over or ignore the serious differences among the individual religions. However, they should not hinder us from proclaiming publicly those things which we already hold in common and which we jointly affirm, each on the basis of our own religious or ethical grounds.

Directive I

Commitment to a Culture of Non-violence and Respect for Life.

Directive II

Commitment to a Culture of Solidarity and a Just Economic Order.

Directive III

Commitment to a Culture of Tolerance and a Life of Truthfulness.

Directive IV

Commitment to a Culture of Equal Rights and Partnership Between Men and Women.

Directive V

Commitment to a Culture of Sustainability and Care for the Earth.

Statement in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

In the United States, today (January 17, 2022) is set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Parliament therefore wishes to honor Dr. King and all those who have worked and continue to work to achieve peace and justice through non-violence.

2021 Annual Report

2021 began much like 2020 ended, with the world and communities grappling with the continued ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-governmental and religious organizations working remotely to safely continue their work, and a growing restlessness as hard earned progress on social justice issues seemed to backtrack.At the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the challenges of 2020 and 2021 meant proactively adjusting our approach to promoting interreligious harmony. While we had shifted a number of our programs online in 2020, the lessons from the previous year drove our organization to consider how to best serve as the world’s premier interfaith convener.After much reflection and deeply empowered by the continued support of the global interfaith movement, the Parliament set out once again to make history. As our thematic programming continued, the Parliament set out to host the 8th global Convening, and this time it would be virtual.Join our team in celebrating the work of our organization by reading and sharing our annual report!Support the Work of the Parliament

The Global Ethic at the 2021 Parliament & Beyond

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Standing with the Afghan People, Refugees, And Those Who Remain

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Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration

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.

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