Parliament of the World's Religions 2018

Parliament of the World Religions banner.

In anticipation of the next Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR) to be held in Toronto from November 1-7, 2018, we are currently gathering contact information for students interested in receiving a PoWR-specific newsletter. The Parliament has been meeting every few years since 1893, and is now a world-renowned gathering of people from dozens of faith backgrounds and scores of countries. Recent conferences have drawn attendances numbering more than 10,000. We hope to generate a lot of interest and build a significant McGill contingent, and raise scholarship funds to assist students.

subscribe to MORSL's Parliament newsletter Please fill in our PoWR News signup form  to receive updates on MORSL's progress and logistics.  If you're interested in attending, this is a first step! 

Ways to Participate

This conference also offers amazing volunteer opportunities. To become a PoWR volunteer and be eligible for the greatly discounted volunteer rate of $50, there is a minimum time commitment of 18 hours during the Nov. 1-7 event. The PoWR is looking for a wide range of skill sets, languages and areas of interest. Volunteers can be called on to help out in the children’s area, the exhibit hall or main stage, assist with accessibility and orientation, performances, media and more. It’s a rewarding experience and on top of that, MORSL is pursuing ways for you to get recognition from McGill for your work. Volunteer applicants must fill out the online application form.

Ways to Help Us

If your faith organization or club offers financial assistance for this type of conference, please contact us so we can coordinate our fundraising efforts. We are also looking for options of affordable lodging; including space in temples, churches or mosques, and billets with vetted volunteers. If you or your organization has information to share with MORSL, we would appreciate it very much. The more we can plan in advance, the better! Please carlene.gardner [at] (subject: Assistance%20with%20PoWR) (email our Director) if you can provide help.

Learn More

With the conference so close to home, and an inspiring theme - The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love - MORSL is actively looking for students who are interested in seeing what multi-faith social justice action is about. This conference is not only a fantastic way to learn about other faiths, it is also a privileged opportunity to work side by side with people whose spirituality calls them to create a more just, sustainable and equitable world. The focus areas this year include climate change, income equity, reconciliation and the struggle against war, violence and hate speech. For details about this incredible conference, please visit the Parliament's website.


Banner photo courtesy of Parliament of the World's Religions.


More on the overarching theme and sub-themes

Theme: "The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change"


  1. Women's Dignity Across the World's Wisdom Traditions & Society - Organized by the Women's Task Force
  2. Interfaith Has No Age • Youth Voices for Change - Organized by the Next Generation Task Force
  3. The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth - Organized by the Indigenous Peoples' Task Force & Working Group
  4. Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence - Organized by the Task Force on Countering War, Hate & Violence
  5. Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future - Organized by the Climate Action Task Force 
  6. Advancing Concrete Change Toward a Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World - Organized by the Justice Task Force

Who's attending?  Expected attendance will exceed 10,000 persons of faith and conscience from 80 nations and more than 200 unique spiritual backgrounds. The Parliament offers programming for all, from scholars and activists to families and children - lectures to interactive cultural experiences. Participants can be individuals whose profession or personal interests lead them to the Parliament or delegations from the guiding institutions like states, universities, or religious organizations. Our presenters include students, clergy, interfaith leaders, scholars, Nobel Laureates, city mayors, spiritual luminaries, best-selling authors, globally-recognized entertainers, thought leaders, state actors, and more.