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Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015

Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity

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    Sunrise fire ceremonies on opening day

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Indigenous grandmothers join the opening day fire ceremony

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Children's procession at the opening plenary session

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Anti-bombing activists stationed at the entrance

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    "We cannot be separated. Our worst enemy is separation and division."
    -- Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere

    Image: Halima Thea Levkovitz

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    Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery, located in Atlanta, GA

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Indigenous dancers

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    A Sikh kirtan at the entrance to the Salt Palace.

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    One Voice Children's Choir

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Pir Shabda Khan leads the Dances of Universal Peace.

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Morman Tabernacle Choir

    Image: Halima Thea Levkovitz

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    Shahabuddin David Less at an early morning Universal Worship service titled "Super Prayer"

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Abrahamic Reunion

    Image: Abrahamic Reunion on Facebook

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    International Children's Choir of Salt Lake City

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Starhawk speaking during a session titled "Priestesses, Prophetesses, Sibyl and Seers - Ancient Role Models for Modern Women," celebrating the reawakening of the Divine Feminine and forgotten aspects of indigenous European traditions

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    The Omega Code, a series of prayers with a repeatable syntax created by Christina Sophia Stellarum using a poetry platform called Floetry, designed by Darakshan Farber.

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    "Langar," a daily free Indian lunch served by the Sikhs to hundreds of guests guests of all backgrounds and beliefs.

    Image: Rubina Ahmad

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    Buddhist Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Pagan Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Christian Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Jain Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Hindu Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Indigenous Peoples Faith Space

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Shabbat, with a rousing musical service

    Image: Darakshan Farber

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    Progress on the Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala

    Image: Darakshan Farber

PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS 2015
Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity

Almost 10,000 people of different faiths gathered for five days in Salt Lake City, Utah to join in the spirit of fellowship and service. Three of Seven Pillars’ board members, Darakshan Farber, Halima Lefkovitz and I, were among the attendees. We communed with diverse groups of people who are deeply immersed in their faith or spiritual path while also interested in and respectful of different traditions. The range of offerings was huge—almost 1,800 people gave presentations. More than 15 faith services were offered each morning, plenary sessions with keynote speakers occurred two times a day, and over 40 workshops were offered at any given time. Participants prayed, danced, sang, chanted, meditated, dialogued, walked in silence, or just listened.

The Parliament began with a day-long women’s assembly followed by keynote sessions on climate change, income inequality, the rights of indigenous people, and emerging leaders, to name a few. Presenters focused on the future well-being of all, and actions that will contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Check out the Declarations, which are a call to action for interfaith activists, located on the Parliament’s web site.

It was an honor to be with so many people of faith who want to work with others to apply their spiritual gifts and values to change the world for the better. We left enlivened and hopeful, feeling that the world, despite all of its challenges, is in good hands.

~ Rabia Povich

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