Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018 media highlights

TORONTO — The Parliament of the World’s Religions officially opens tomorrow.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest global interfaith gathering, will be held in Toronto from November 1 – 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The gathering will welcome close to 10,000 delegates from 80 countries, representing nearly 200 religious, spiritual, and Indigenous traditions.

Some of the high-profile presenters speaking at this year’s Parliament include:

  • Canadian author, Margaret Atwood
  • General Romeo Dellaire, Founder of the Romeo Dellaire Child Soldiers Initiative
  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada
  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • The Honourable Bob Rae, Former Premier of Ontario

For the complete schedule of speakers, please visit

The Parliament invites media to tune-in via Facebook live to the main stage of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions as luminaries from around the world and across the spheres of faith, government, activism, and the arts come together to explore, illuminate, and pose innovative solutions to the major issues of peace, justice and sustainability that animate the world's largest and most diverse convening of the global interfaith movement.  In our 125th anniversary year, the Parliament will be broadcasting more than 30 hours of its most prestigious plenary and assembly events including:

The Opening Ceremony: The Promise of Inclusion and the Power of Love 
November 1, 2018 – 6 p.m.

The Indigenous Peoples' Assembly: The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth
November 2, 2018 – 9 a.m.

Plenary on Faith & Interfaith, From Grassroots to the Globe
November 2, 2018 – 8:30 p.m.

The Women's Assembly: Women's Dignity Across the World's Wisdom Traditions & Society 
November 3, 2018 – 9 a.m.

Plenary on Understanding
November 4, 2018 – 8:30 p.m.

The Climate Action Assembly: Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future 
November 4th, 2018 – 9 a.m.

The Sacred Music Concert
November 4th, 2018 – 8:30 p.m.

The Justice Assembly: Advancing Concrete Change Toward a More Peaceful, Justice and Sustainable World
November 5, 2018 – 9 a.m.

Plenary on Reconciliation
November 5, 2018 – 8:30 p.m.

The War, Hate, and Violence Assembly: Peace and Love, Not War Hate and Violence  
November 6, 2018 – 9 a.m.

Next Gen Assembly: Interfaith Has No Age, Youth Voices for Change
November 6, 2018 – 8:30 p.m.

The Closing Plenary: Change
November 7, 2018 – 9 a.m.

Visit the Parliament App for updated lineups HERE.

About Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

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