The Earth Charter Task Force on Religion, Spirituality, and Ethics will be organizing several events at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne (from 3 to 9 December 2009) – the largest multi-faith gathering of religious and spiritual leaders in world history, attracting from 8,000 to 10,000 guests from 80 countries.
Held once every five years in a different city, the Parliament of the World’s Religions attracts thousands of leaders and members from spiritual and religious communities around the globe to engage in discussions, debate and presentations. This year’s theme will be “Hearing each Other, Healing the Earth”.
The Parliament aims to provide a platform for sharing hopes, dreams, and achievements in protecting, sustaining and repairing the earth. The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale led by Mary Evelyn Tucker has been asked to assist in developing the specific program section that will focus on religious engagement on environmental matters.
Several Earth Charter Council Members and Commissioners plan to participate in the event, including Mary Evelyn Tucker, Rick Clugston, Brendan Mackey, A.T. Ariyaratne and Rabbi Soetendorp, as well as supporting staff of the Earth Charter Task Force on Religion from the Soetendorp’s Institute Michael Slaby. Together they will be organizing a panel on the Earth Charter as a global ethics for a sustainable future, and another one that will showcase religious responses to the Earth Charter.
More information on these Earth Charter sessions will be posted here soon.
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Please find more information about the Parliament at http://www.parliamentofreligions.org