Encouraging Sikh Proposal Submissions for 2018 Toronto Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament Sikh Task Force of the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations (SCIR) calls upon Sikhs across the world to submit interfaith and intrafaith proposals (panel discussions, workshops, seminars, training sessions, religious performances, exhibits, films etc.) for presentation at the 2018 Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions to be held November 1 to 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

All interfaith and intrafaith proposals must be submitted online at https://parliamentofreligions.org/rfp by deadline of April 1, 2018.

The theme of the 2018 parliament is The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love:  Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change. Programming for the 2018 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:

  • broad critical issues of the Parliament¡¦s mission statement (justice, peace and sustainability)
  • critical constituencies (Indigenous Peoples, Next Generations, and Women and Girls)
  • signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic.

Kindly note that the Guiding Principles of the 2018 Parliament are:

  1. respectful dialogue: we listen and speak with respect
  2. non-proselytizing: we do not attempt to convert others or speak derogatorily about any tradition
  3. willingness to explore a wide variety of topics: we embody compassion as we engage in difficult conversations.

 More than 10,000 people from across the world are expected to participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world¡¦s religious communities and cultural institutions. The Ontario Sikh and Gurdwara Council (OSGC) is planning to serve Guru ka Langar at the parliament during lunch time. For more information on the Guru ka Langar, please contact OSGC at manjit@ramrapsolutions.com.

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 Toronto Mayor John Tory with Dr. Satpal Singh

Having coordinated the Sikh participation and presentations at the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions, SCIR established a 2018 Parliament Sikh Task Force in February 2017. The charge of the Parliament Sikh Task Force is to coordinate and implement the active participation of the worldwide Sikh community at the upcoming parliament through:

  • significant international Sikh presence and engagement,
  • presentations at plenary and parallel sessions focused on interfaith and intrafaith issues, and
  • Guru ka Langar, if possible, at the parliament to be led by the local Sikh community.

 The task force members include Sikh representatives from Canada, US, and across the world. Suggestions and queries about Sikh participation in the upcoming parliament can be emailed to parliamentsikh@gmail.com.

 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 in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. More information about the 2018 Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions along with online registration is available at https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018.

If you need help with your Sikh proposal submission, please feel free to contact the Program Workgroup of the Parliament Sikh Task Force at parliamentsikh@gmail.com.

Parliament Sikh Task Force

Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations (SCIR)

POB 523, Dublin, Ohio 43017, USA

Phone: 614-753-3292

parliamentsikh@gmail.com


 

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