Parliament of the World's Religions 2018

Parliament of the World Religions banner.

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. The next Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR) to beheld in Toronto from November 1-7, 2018.


With the conference so close to home, and an inspiring theme -The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love-MORSL will be attending with an inter-university contingent of students from Montreal  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.

To attend the conference independently, go to the Parliament’s website and register through them.

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.