URI Programs at the Parliament

Stay connected with fellow URI members and groups at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto.

URI Programs at the Parliament

Note: To conserve space, only URI Cooperation Circles and Affiliates involved in these events are listed on this program, but other groups are often involved as well.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ongoing Events






Friday, November 2, 2018

Interfaith Café: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue on Parliament Themes

12:15PM - 1:30PM - Room 716B - University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel


The Doctrine of Discovery, Cultural Genocide, Intergenerational Trauma: The Way Forward

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 707 - Protecting and Restoring the Sacred


Equipping Schools and Teachers to Provide Interfaith Education

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 705 - Faiths Without Borders


Earth Consciousness - Sacred Sites

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 210d- Pull Together Now (pending CC)


Now We Rebuild: Hope, Resiliency, and Social Justice Post Hurricane Harvey

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 801B - Rothko Chapel


Experience Interfaith

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 104D - Arizona Interfaith Movement


The Future of Religion

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 104C - Unity Earth with URI Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, MBE, JP

Women, Justice and the Environment

1:15PM - 2:45PM - Room 104D - Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions


Intercultural Understanding and Awareness is the Foundation of True Reconciliation

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Room 106 - Protecting and Restoring the Sacred


Ecocide: Mass Destruction of Mother Earth is a Crime Against Humanity

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 718A - Pull Together Now (pending CC)


Envisioning the Future through Indigenous Ceremony and Wisdom: Honouring Interconnectedness and Sacredness of Place

2:15PM – 3:45PM - Room 201AB - Interspiritual Sustainability Council


Emerging Spirit - Transcending Colonization            

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 718B - Pull Together Now (pending CC)


Interfaith Leadership for 21st Century Professionals

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 602B - University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel


Part 1 Ecocide: Tar Sands Mining is Destroying Life as We Know It (2-day workshop)

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 718A - Pull Together Now (pending CC)


Green Seminary Initiative: Nurturing Future Faith Leaders to Lead Their Communities in Environmental Care

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 715A - GreenFaith (Green Seminaries)


Pursuing Global Understanding

6:00PM - Room 705 - URI Pakistan


Faith and Interfaith: From Grassroots to Global

8:30PM - 10:00PM- Plenary - URI Executive Director Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr. and Valarie Kaur



Saturday, November 3, 2018

Women’s Dignity Across the World’s Wisdom Traditions & Society

9:00AM - 12:00PM - Keynote - URI Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, MBE, JP


A World in Crisis: A Clarion Call for Eco-Justice

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 706 - Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions


An Interfaith Story: Journey from Parliament Inaugural Partner City to Thriving Interreligious Council

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 701A - Silicon Valley Interreligious Council


Guilt or Gratitude, Duty or Compassion?

12:15PM - Room 715B - GreenFaith


Indigenous Lead Award Winning Land-Based Cultural Programs with Healing Center in Canada’s North

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 703 - Pull Together Now (pending CC)


From Duality to Oneness: A Contemplative Exploration of Humanity's Spiritual Evolution Sunday

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 107 - Abbey of Hope


The Power of Listening as a Sacred Art and a Spiritual Practice

1:15PM - 2:00PM - Room 801B - Women of Spirit and Faith (a URI North America affiliate)


Compassionate Conversation that Includes Everyone: Based on the Golden Rule

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 715A - Golden Rule Project (a URI North America Affiliate)


Personal Interfaith Peacemaking

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Room 107 - Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County & Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders


Creating Sacred Spaces at Home, Traveling Prayer Kits and Sacred Portables

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 104C - Spirituality and the Earth


A New Story of Peace and You Get to Write It

3:14PM – 4:00PM - Room 705 - Way2Peace (pending CC)


Love Is the Greatest in the World (LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE)             

3:15PM - 4:15PM - Festival Stage - Pato Banton's Spiritual Family


Understanding Faith & Diversity Through Lens of Inclusion

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 714A - Silicon Valley Interreligious Council


Josaseon (Ancestral Zen) for Next Generations

3:15PM - Room 104D - URI Korea Multiple Cooperation Circle


Taking the Interfaith Plunge: Making Interfaith Engagement Accessible to Everyone

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 718B - Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions


Traditional Indigenous Medicine Revitalization

3:15PM - 4:00PM Room 604 - Pull Together Now


A Way of Life in the Family of God: The Global Vision of The Urantia Book

6:00PM – Room 710 - Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada


Doing More: A Time for Interfaith Council Leaders to Network and Build Capacity

6:00PM - 7:00PM- Room 716B - URI North America


Awaken the Goddess--Feminine Energy Within & Empower Your Life

6:00PM - 7:30PM - Room 701A - Path to Anandam


Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Lodge of Nations - Pull Together Now (pending CC)



Sunday, November 4, 2018


Climate Crisis Impacts on Health

9:00AM - 10:30AM - Lodge of Nations - Pull Together Now


Evolving Spiritually as Human Beings

10:30AM - 11:45AM - Lodge of Nations - Pull Together Now


Priestesses: Reconvening, Remembering & Rejoicing

12:15PM - 1:45PM - 718B - Spirituality and the Earth


In the Spirit of Water: Protection, Policy and Prayer    

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 604 - United Religions Initiative at the United Nations


New Thoughts in Interfaith Spirituality: A Panel Discussion from Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i and Unity Perspectives

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 108 - Abbey of HOPE


Women Ordained: The Life of Robed Female Religious Leaders in the Major Religious Traditions

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 718B - URI Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, MBE, JP


Personal Sustainable Lifestyle Builds a Sustainable, Compassionate and Caring World: A Jain Perspective

12:15PM - 1:00PM - Room 603 - Silicon Valley Interreligious Council


Building A Global Environmental Network

12:15PM - 1:45PM - 801A - URI's Environmental Network & GreenFaith with URI Founder The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing

Death & Dying: Vital Conversations about End of Life Choices

12:15PM - 1:00PM - Room 105 - Abbey of HOPE


Earth Consciousness - Original Instructions

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 201D - Pull Together Now


Organizing a State of Compassion: California

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 714B - Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance, Charter for Compassion


Taking Action on the Climate Imperative: Faith and Community Groups on the Front Lines

12:15PM - Room 701 - GreenFaith     


Engaging the United Nations on Climate Justice and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

12:15PM - Room 106 - GreenFaith


Prophecies, Global Change and the New Emerging Global Civilization

1:15PM – 2PM - Room 707 - Protecting and Restoring the Sacred


Inner Peace to Global Peace: Becoming Peace for People & Planet               

1:25PM - 2:00PM - Room 104D - Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County


Building Community: Campus Chaplains Association at the University of Toronto                 

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Room 704 - Spirituality and the Earth


Storytelling in Interfaith Engagement

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Room 106 - Interfaith Cafe


There's a River Flowing in my Soul

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Room 602B - Abbey of HOPE


The Faith-based Perspective on the Moral Imperative to Take Action on Climate Change

2:15PM - Room 105 - GreenFaith


Living the Change: Faithful Choices for a Flourishing World

2:15PM - Room 714A - GreenFaith     


Ancient Religious Rituals and Vows, and their Relevance to Modern World

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 104D - Silicon Valley Interreligious Council


The United Nations: A Catalyst for Interfaith Action

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 718B - United Religions Initiative at the United Nations


Earth Consciousness -- Balance and Climate Crisis

2:15PM - 3:45PM - ROOM 201D - Pull Together Now


Contemplation & Compassion as Foundation for Environmental and Social Activism: An InterSpiritual, Seven-Step Process

6:00PM – 7:00PM - Room 709 - Spiritual Paths Foundation


Honoring the Holiness of the Religious Others

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Room 703 - Women's Interfaith Network of the URI (WIN-URI)


Climate Change Voices from Across the World

6:00PM - Room 604 – GreenFaith


Climate Commitments Program Launch

6:00PM - Room 501 – GreenFaith       


The Intersections of Interfaith and Social Justice: South Africa Youth Voices of Change

6:00PM - 7:00PM - 103A - Face to Face/Faith to Faith, Giving Opportunities to Aspiring Leaders (GOAL)


URI Reception

6:00PM - 7:30PM - Room 401 - URI Global Staff Deepening the Journey



Monday, November 5, 2018

Feeding the Fire Ceremony - Francois + 3 elders              

7:00AM - 8:00AM - Sacred Fire Olympic Park - Pull Together Now


Being and Creating the Change at Home: Interfaith Organizing Training                 

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 606 - URI Environmental Network and GreenFaith


Meet me at the Bridge: Race, Religion, and the Future of Black Faith and Leadership

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 709 - Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance


Breaking Down the Walls Around Interfaith  

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 712 - URI North America


Faith-Based Perspectives on Respect for Creation

12:15PM - Room 106 - GreenFaith


The Climate Ribbon: A Storytelling Ritual for Climate Hope and Healing                 

12:15PM - Room 716B - GreenFaith


Part 2 -Ecocide: Tars Sands Mining Is Destroying Life As We Know It (2-day workshop)

12:15PM - 1:00 PM - Room 714A - Pull Together Now


Golden Rule Parenting

1:00PM - IFF Workshop 1 (800 level) - Spiritual Playdate


Pathways to Peace: Different Perspectives

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 601B - Women's Interfaith Network of the URI (WIN-URI)


The Here and Wow: Practice & Community in the Digital Age     

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 105 - Contemplative Life with URI Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, MBE, JP


The Power of Love

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 703 - Pull Together Now


A Priest and Two Atheists Walk into a Bar...And Form an Unlikely Coalition           

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 718B – URI North America Affiliate


Interfaith Impact, Sustainability, and the Healthy Organizational Framework

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 715A - Rothko Chapel              


Interfaith: The Musical (LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE)

3:15PM - Festival Stage - Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions


The Golden Rule as the Basis for a Global Justice System: An Interfaith Perspective with a Call to Action         

3:15PM - 4:00PM - 602B - Abbey of Hope


Be Part of Golden Rule Day 2019

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 104C - Charter for Compassion, Golden Rule Project (a URI North America Affiliate)


End Humanity's Greatest Threat: The Moral, Medical, Spiritual, Legal, Practical Response to Nuclear Weapons             

4:15PM - 5:45PM - Room 105 - Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons


Girl Brides in Africa: The Drive for Gender and Education Equality

6:00PM – 7:00PM - Room 713B - URI Africa


Promote Peace and Justice Using the Law and the Golden Rule   

6:00PM – 7:00PM - Room 716B - Golden Rule Project (URI North America affiliate)


Pioneering Interfaith Ministries: Fostering Peace between Abrahamic Religions across the Americas

6:00PM - Room 701B - Spiritual Directors International


Fossil Fuel Divestment and/or Engagement Solutions to Advance a Low-carbon Economy

6:00PM - Room 714B – GreenFaith


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Making a Relationship with Water

9:00AM - 10:30AM - Room 703 - Pull Together Now       


Harmony Among Generations: An Intergenerational Dialogue  

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 716B - University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel               


Education to Get Past the Limbic Brain and Build One Humanity               

12:15PM - 1:45PM - Room 717B - Spiritual Heritage Education Network (a URI Affiliate)


Where's the Honor in Domestic Violence?

12:15PM - 1:45PM – Room 716A - URI Global Staff Deepening the Journey


Interfaith Engagement: Past, Present and Future

2:15PM - 3:45PM - Room 701A - URI North America


The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

2:15PM - Room 717B - GreenFaith


Countering Hate and Violence: Peace and Love, Not War, Hate & Violence

2:15PM – 3:45PM - Room 701B - Southern CA Committee for a PoWR Cooperation Circle


Beyond Prejudice, Bias & Bigotry, Toward the Golden Rule, Camp Anytown

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 711 - Camp Anytown, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada             


Response of Love to an Act of Terror

3:15PM - 4:00PM - Room 718A - One Life Alliance (a URI Affiliate)


Interfaith in Review: An Intergenerational Conversation Looking Back and Leaning Forward

4:15PM - 5:45PM - Room 718B - URI Executive Director Rev. Victor Kazanjian., Eboo Patel, Sara Rahim


An Invitation to Create a Global Interfaith Network for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Room 701A - Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons


Bringing Interfaith Home: Shifting Consciousness at Home, School and in Your Community

6:00PM - Room 718A - Spiritual Playdate


Listening Across Diverse Traditions                 

6:00PM - Room 104C - Women of Spirit and Faith (URI North America affiliate)


Creating Sacred Space through the Arts Both Within & Without

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Room 602B - All Paths Divinity School (URI North America affiliate)


Empowering Youth: Digital Peacebuilding Tools for the Future

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Room 716B - Euphrates Cooperation Circle


Ongoing Events

Spiritual Playdate Interfaith Family Festival: Plant an Interfaith Garden

Every Day - All Day – 8th floor - Spiritual Playdate            


I AM: An Archeology of the Future, An Art Installation

Ongoing Art Exhibition - 6th & 8th floor - Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions