Chicago Hosts 2014 Parliament Bid Teams
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The Bid for PWR 2014
By Delaine Zendran

The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions may still be fresh in our memories, but planning for the 2014 Parliament of the World’s Religions is already well underway. Recently, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) announced the three participating bid cities as Brussels, Belgium; Dallas, Texas, USA; and Guadalajara, Mexico. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was present throughout the bidding process to audit.

All three cities’ Bid Teams participated in a Partnership Conference in Chicago, Illinois from May 16-20, 2010. At the Partnership Conference, delegates were briefed on the CPWR’s requirements for the site selection process and the Parliament event. Statistical and financial information from the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, Australia was made available to the bid cities who have to submit their final written proposal to the Council by August 1, 2010. After reviewing the proposals and conducting host site visits, the CPWR will make its final selection for the 2014 host city in March 2011. The 2014 host city will be publicly announced in October 2011. Read More...

Parabola Magazine Covers the 2009 PWR

What happens when leaders from the world's religions mix it up? This article by Trebbe Johnson takes us behind closed doors at the 2009 Parliament in "World Religions Get Down to Earth."

"Sensually, it was a panoply of colorful raiment, ceremonies, liturgies, and languages from around the world. Spiritually, the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, held December 3–9 in Melbourne, Australia, had the feeling of a quest, or rather thousands of individual quests pursued by people who came together not just to espouse their own beliefs but to explore together how to solve some of the world's most grievous problems." Read More...
    Georgetown University Releases "Bridging Babel" Report

A survey and research conducted at the 2009 Parliament contributed to the recently published report, "Bridging Babel: New Social Media and Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding," which explores how social media can foster interreligious dialogue.

Council Updates
  • Executive Director Dirk Ficca will be a panel participant at "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: One Year Post-Cairo," sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  Panelists will discuss the report, "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy." This event marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s speech at Cairo University, during which he outlined a path toward “a new beginning” with Muslim communities around the world. Additional panelists include Eboo Patel and Afeefa Syeed, moderated by Rachel Bronson. Read More...

  • On June 2, Council staff attended the One Chicago, One Nation Interfaith Leaders Breakfast hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

  • The Council is proud to welcome two new summer interns. Devin O'Rourke from the University of Chicago and Cara Stevens from St. Olaf College will be joining the CPWR team on June 7.


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*Special thanks to for permission to distribute "The Bid for PWR 2014" article written by Delaine Zendran and to author Trebbe Johnson and Parabola Magazine for permission to distribute "World Religions Get Down to Earth."


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