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Parliament of World Religions Coming to the US in 2015

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“America is the home base of the interfaith movement and it’s about time the Parliament come back home. The Parliament in 2015 will strengthen the interfaith movement through our listening, sharing and networking with each other,” said Chair of the Board Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid of “The Council for a Parliament of the World Religions (CPWR).” http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/

Since 1993, more than 37,000 delegates of eighty countries have come to the Parliament and they represent more than fifty traditions sharing programs, plenaries, cultural exchanges and dialogue. Interfaith is often misunderstood to mean that we surrender the traditions we were raised in to observe a communal faith of some kind. Such is nowhere near the case. As Hermann Hesse wrote, “It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.”

The Council’s first gathering was held in 1893 in Chicago. Swami Vivikenanda’s address stunned the crowd, the first of India’s religious figures to inspire Western religions http://vivekananda.org/ . Here is the Council’s mission statement: “The Council … 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.”

Interfaith activism in North America has doubled in the last ten years. Currently there is an opportunity to become an Ambassador of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Are you inspired to apply? Learn about the program below.

Duties

1. Facilitate 1-4 Listening Sessions for the Global Listening Campaign
2. Support Council for a Parliament of the World Religions initiatives wherever possible, e.g. Faiths Against Hate and Partner Cities.
3. Participate in 2-3 trainings for Ambassadors by webinar or conference call.
4. Participate in ongoing interfaith events in your community as an Ambassador of the Parliament.
5. Attend the next Parliament, if possible.
6. Host or participate in pre-Parliament events in your community.
7. Encourage registrations for the next Parliament.
8. Encourage donations and support for the Parliament.
9. Help us think of ways to fund CPWR initiatives.
10. Submit stories about your activities, accomplishments and latest developments in your interfaith work, along with photos, when possible, to the office by e-mail to stephen@parliamentofreligions.org.

Guidelines

We promote the mission and values of the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) in cultivating harmony and fostering engagement to achieve a just, peaceful & sustainable world.

We listen and speak with respect.
We raise awareness about the global interreligious movement by mobilizing networks to come together on the issues most important to them.

We are official spokespeople for the CPWR.

We build knowledge about and interest in the 2015 Parliament by hosting outreach events.
We are a resource for the CPWR and provide prompt feedback when requested.

Code of Ethics
1. We build trust at all times.
2. We act with integrity, honesty and compassion.
3. We respect the individual and his/her culture and faith
4. We contribute to a climate of open and honest communication.
5. Communications from other Ambassadors are held in confidence.
6. We support one another and refrain from gossip.

If there is a problem, we talk to the person who can do something about it, rather than make general complaints. After you visit the site, http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm?n=6&sn=18&mc_cid=c0b11c87...
Apply here: http://form.jotform.us/form/31274066913150

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