CPWR Celebrating 120 Years – “Looking Back to Move Forward” – May 11



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Dear CPWR Board, Board Emeriti, and Cherished Friends,

Now that we have successfully met the Barcelona judgment challenge, we are moving on to exciting celebratory events!

Honoring the 120th Anniversary of the 1893 Parliament and the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 Parliament, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is embarking on a celebratory initiative entitled, “Looking Back to Move Forward.” This initiative has offered an insightful look into the work of past Parliaments and connected the Council with many Parliament attendees.

On May 11, 2013, CPWR begins its anniversary festivities with an interfaith celebration, in collaboration with the Sikh Religious Society of Palatine, IL. This initial event will be followed with others as the Looking Back to Move Forward initiative continues. The Council invites you to join us for the interfaith celebration, but to also attend a special round table event beforehand.

From 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM on May 11, 2013, the Council will convene a round table to discuss how the Parliament’s past can inform its dreams for the future.

We invite you to participate in this special discussion, as we would love to anchor your input in the mission going forward.

In the hope of producing constructive feedback, the round table will consist of three sections – the gathering, small group discussion, and a synthesizing of ideas.

Please invite other Parliament attendees to enrich our conversation.

An interfaith celebration will follow the round table. This celebration will include music, prayer, conversation, and Langar.

Please find the details on the attached flyer.

  • All are welcome!
  • Invite friends and colleagues!

We hope you will join us in shaping the future of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Please R.S.V.P by May 3rd to Ashley@parliamentofreligions.org.


Mary Nelson

Our Mission

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.

Our Vision

The vision of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which:

  • Religious and spiritual communities live in harmony and contribute to a better world from their riches of wisdom and compassion
  • Religious and cultural fears and hatreds are replaced with understanding and respect
  • People everywhere come to know and care for their neighbors
  • The richness of human and religious diversity is woven into the fabric of communal, civil, societal and global life
  • The world’s most powerful and influential institutions move beyond narrow self-interest to realize common good
  • The Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored
  • All people commit to living out their highest values and aspirations.


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