2009 Global Parliament of Religions Gather in Australia
December 7th, 2009
The Rev. Seamus Finn, OMI will speak at the fifth global conference of the Parliament of World Religions which is meeting from December 3 to 9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions aims 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.
The theme for the 2009 Parliament is “Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.” The 2009 Parliament will welcome over 10,000 people from 80 countries to take part in approximately 500 events including keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, debates, performances, concerts and exhibitions.
Parliament of World’s Religions is convened every five years in a major international city — Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999) and Barcelona (2003). The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, one of the greenest convention centers in the world.
Key topics of global concern will be addressed from religious and spiritual perspectives. Some of the program themes are: healing the Earth with Care and Concern, Indigenous People, Overcoming Poverty in an Unequal World, Sharing Wisdom in the Search for Inner Peace.
Fr. Finn, Director of the Oblate JPIC office, is offering an interactive workshop on Faith-Consistent Investing at the conference. He will be joined by Dr. Amal Ali El- Tagani, an Assistant Professor in the School Business in Saudi Arabia. This workshop will explore how both Christian and Islamic traditions handle teachings about economic life, prescriptions about lending and the conduct of corporations, especially in light of the recent collapse of major financial institutions.
For more information visit www.parliamentofreligions.org