Parliament of the World's Religions

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, in Barcelona, came to a close after a week of debates by nearly 8,000 members of diverse religious communities with commitments for action on religious violence, access to safe water, the fate of refugees worldwide, and the elimination of developing countries’ debts.
Namaste. Reprinted with permission from What is Enlightenment magazine. Photo: © WIE Press 2004

Executive Director of the Parliament’s Board, Dirk Ficca said: ‘When people of faith commit to address religious violence and other pressing issues facing the global community they follow through. We make a commitment not only to the world, but out of a deeply rooted religious or spiritual conviction. That is what makes the Barcelona Parliament commitments so special, and why this year’s Parliament in Barcelona is going to make an impact.’ The Council for the Parliament will monitor and support the implementation of the Barcelona Parliament’s commitments through a web-based communications network and best practice manuals.

Rev. Dr. William Lesher, Chair of Board of the Parliament’s Council spoke of the immeasurable outcomes of the Parliament. ‘Along with the strong commitments made this week, the mere presence of 8,000 people from so many different religious and spiritual traditions and places in the world is a meaningful outcome in and of itself. The impact of this is perhaps not as measurable, but equally remark-able in today’s world.’
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