October 15-19th, 2015
Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. It was created 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 Parliament is organized every 5 years in various parts of the world. WPPS has participated in previous Parliament of the World’s Religions events which have taken place in Barcelona, Cape Town and Melbourne. This year the Parliament took place in Salt Lake City from October 15th through 19th.
The First Inaugural Women’s Assembly, Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement was launched at the Parliament on October 15th with special programs devoted to women, religion and spirituality. Yuka Saionji joined other noteworthy speakers to share religious and spiritual inspirations for women’s empowerment. Other speakers included Dr. Vandana Shiva, Kiran Bali, Terry Tempest Williams and Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina. Interfaith prayers were offered to open the session by Karen Neilson Anson, Maysa Kurge and Kusumita Pedersen.
Video of Women’s Assembly:
Speakers and presenters at the Womens Initiative for Global Advancement with their desktop Peace Poles. From left to right: Paysa Kurge, Kusumita Pedersen, Karen Neilson Anson, Bishop Barbara King, Kiran Bali, Aisha Al-Adawiya and Yuka Saionji
Later that day, Yuka joined a panel of speakers to discuss peacemaking along with Dr. Samani Chaitanya Prajna and Nam Hee Kim. The discussion focused on the theme, Women as Global Peacemakers.
Video of Panel: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/75576861
The following day, participants from various faith traditions joined the World Peace Flag Ceremony to further the anchor the universal message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.