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The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions


The 1st Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted at the historic World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, brought together people of faith from around the world. Some like Anagārika Dharmapāla, A.G. Bonet-Maury, and Swami Vivekananda traveled for months and across continents to serve as representatives of their faiths, and many more journeyed over weeks, through countries, and across oceans to attend what would become the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement.

The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

What: The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions
When: October 17 – 18, 2021
Where: Virtually Around the World
How: Register Today

Price: $50 – $70 – $90 after August 31st.

H.H. the Dalai Lama to Address the 2021 Parliament as Featured Luminary
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has long affirmed his commitment to and leadership in the global interfaith movement. He has addressed the Parliament at the 1993 Chicago Parliament, 2009 Melbourne Parliament, 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament, and the 2018 Toronto Parliament where he has advocated for climate justice, interfaith understanding and direct action by communities of faith in making a difference in the world.


Programming for the 2021 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:

  • The broad critical issues of our mission statement: JusticePeace, and Sustainability including Climate Action

  • Our critical constituencies: Indigenous PeoplesNext Generations, and Women and Girls

  • The signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic

Programs will also be welcomed focused on additional issues and identities.

All interested attendees are welcomed and encouraged to register and submit a program proposal by the due dates noted in this Call for Programs.

Program types may include but are not limited to any of the following: 

  • Panel discussion

  • Lecture or oral presentation

  • Academic paper

  • Seminar

  • Religious or spiritual observance

  • Workshop

  • Training session

  • Art, music, and performances

  • Film

​​​​​ *Note: Regular programs will be 45 minutes in length.

Click here for more information/registration.

October 17, 2021 - October 18, 2021