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Parliament of the World's Religions
The Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened every five years since 1988. It 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. More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), Salt Lake City (2015) and Toronto (2018). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement.
On November 1, 2018, the opening of the seventh global convening of the Parliament of the World's Religions was held in Toronto. More than 8300 people of faith and conscience gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.