The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s largest global inter-religious event, held once every five years in a different city. The Melbourne Parliament will bring together more than 8,000 people from around the world for an inspirational program of 500 speakers, workshops, panel discussions, artistic performance, and art exhibitions.
Speakers and Performers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Tibetan Buddhist Leader; Fr Laurence Freeman OSB – Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation; Professor Joy Murphy Wandin – Senior Aboriginal Woman of the Wurendjeri People; Cartinal George Pell – Archbishop of Sydney; Rabbi David Rosen – Leader of International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultation; His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Spiritual Leader of The Art of Living Foundation; Zain Bhikha – Muslim singer-songwriter; Natesan Ramani – flautist and Manjiri Kelkar – Singer; Heather Lee and Dr Kim Cunio – Jewish Vocalist and Ensemble; and more.
Join spiritual leaders, Indigenous spokespeople, environmental activists, diplomats and peacemakers — and an array of artists and performers — in common cause to uphold human dignity and defend the rights of all. Online registration ends 19 November, so register today.
Each evening Plenary is organised around a specific theme or performance.
Opening Plenary: Launching the Parliament with a celebration of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions and a Welcome to the Country by Professor Joy Murphy Wandin, AO, Senior Aboriginal Woman of the Wurundjeri People.
Communities Night: Sharing with local Melbourne churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of worship as they welcome their guests.
International Plenary: Highlighting international speakers, artists and performers, and the presentation of the 2009 Paul Carus Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Interreligious Movement.
The Sacred Music Concert: Featuring a number of internationally acclaimed performers and artists, who blend spirituality with music, dance, song and movement.
Youth Plenary: Spotlighting the work being done by young people in tackling global issues and using creative media to bring about change.
Melbourne Plenary: Celebrating Melbourne’s religious and spiritual diversity and its commitment to interreligious dialogue.
Closing Plenary: Featuring His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The XIVth Dalai Lama with an inspiring message of hope, justice and religious harmony for the entire world.
For more information, read the Parliament of the World’s Religions Information Flyer, or visit their website.