26 November 2009
The Parliament of the World’s Religions – LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO
After more than three years of preparation, the largest and most diverse multifaith gathering of religious and spiritual communities in the world, begins in Melbourne next Thursday, 3 December. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, a global event featuring more than 1000 speakers and performers from Australia and around the world. Premier John Brumby and Executive Director of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Reverend Dirk Ficca, today emphasised the significance of the event for Melbourne. “Melbourne is the major events capital. Our rich cultural and religious diversity make our city a prime location for hosting this exciting global event,” Mr Brumby said. “The Parliament of the World’s Religions will showcase Melbourne to the world – it will reinforce the strong values of peace, cultural and religious diversity that are such an important part of who we are and what we stand for in Victoria."
Reverend Dirk Ficca said the Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions had drawn together more than 600 programs under the theme Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.
Key presenters include:
•His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
•Dr Hans Küng, renowned Catholic theologian and author, Germany
•Uncle Bob Randall, Yankunytjatjara Elder and a Traditional Owner of Uluru
•His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader of The Art of Living Foundation, India
•Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Centre of Reform Judaism, US
•Professor Sakena Yacoobi, President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan women-led NGO
•Reverend Tim Costello, Chief Executive Officer World Vision Australia
The Premier and Rev Ficca were together at the launch of Talking Faiths, a multimedia exhibition featuring young people from different faiths at the Immigration Museum. The exhibition is part of the Immigration Museum’s Talking Faiths program, which encouraged faith communities, schools and young people to explore interfaith issues from a multicultural perspective.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 is supported by the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government of Australia, and the City of Melbourne, as well as individual, religious and corporate donors.
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A full program can be found at: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/_includes/files/program/schedu...
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