Almanac of Cyclical IRD Events
The Almanac of Cyclical Interreligious Dialogue Events is an online planning and knowledge tool showcasing regular interreligious dialogue events held by organizations around the world, some of which also give international awards in interreligious dialogue. To find an event, organization or see what is happening in any given cycle, use the interactive sundial below or the search critieria further down.
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NAIN (North American Interfaith Network) supports a coalition model of cooperative interaction based on serving the needs and promoting the aspirations of member organizations, including local interfaith groups, inter-religious bodies, single faith with Interfaith Offices, Academic, study centers and media bodies.
As part of Interfaith Awareness Week, 2019, NAIN held its first ever Digital NAINConnect on the “Interfaith Community in a Polarized World” which included workshops, panels and social connections.
NAINConnect 2021 was held under the theme “Building Interfaith Community”.
Link to NAIN’s website: http://www.nain.org/
The Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened every five years since 1988. 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. More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), Salt Lake City (2015), Toronto (2018) and virtually in 2021. These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement.
The 2023 Parliament Convening in Chicago will address the threat of climate change, the dignity of women and girls, the rights of Indigenous peoples, engaging the next generation, peace, justice, the reduction of inequalities, and more. The Parliament continues to use the word “parliament” according to its archaic meaning: a safe place for civil discourse. It will be a place of open minds and open hearts where we can all express the wonder and dignity of our religious and spiritual traditions against the backdrop of the majestic beauty of Lake Michigan. But we could not do all this without addressing the foundational issue of our time; the threat to freedom and human rights. We must defend freedom and human rights together and find solutions to the rise of autocracy in our world.
Regional Interfaith Dialogue is jointly sponsored by Australia, together with Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand. In addition to the co-sponsoring countries, the eight remaining ASEAN countries also participate in the Dialogue, as well as East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The Dialogue has been conducted on six occasions, most recently in Semerang, Indonesia, in March of 2012. The theme of the Semerang Dialogue was “Strengthening Collaborative Communities to Promote Regional Peace and Security: Interfaith in Action“.
Held since 2003, the Rhodes Forum seeks to promote a new culture of dialogue to facilitate a better understanding of the deep changes our societies are undergoing. Since 2016 it has been a key annual event organised by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (headquartered in Berlin).
The 2019 Rhodes Forum focussed on dialgoue towards shared narrative title “Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews” and was organised around three areas of critical global importance:
1) Sustainable economic development
2) Global architecture and global (geo)politics
3) Digitalised lives, ethical standards, and the revival of civility.
The Spirit of Humanity Forum is a global network of organisations, communities and individuals committed to help bring about change in governance and decision-making, based on core human values. The Forum aims to do so by providing spaces for dialogue, listening, contemplation and experience. Participants are encouraged to share, inspire and be inspired, and to collaborate in pursuit of harmony in their personal, communal and political lives.
The 5th Spirit of Humanity Forum was held for the first time online, broadcasted from Reykjavik, Iceland, from 3 to 5 June 2021 under the theme Towards a Loving World – Leadership and Governance for Well-Being.
The Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa – IFAPA is a pan African process initiated in 2002 during Africa’s first continent-wide inter-faith summit meeting of religious leaders from the 7 major Faiths in Africa namely; African Traditional Religions, Bahai, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity Islam and Judaism. Leaders of these faiths constitute the IFAPA governing body called the “IFAPA Commission” which seats after every two years. IFAPA is genuinely rooted in the tested African traditions and approaches to peace making.
The 8th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum was held in November 2018 in New York and titled “#Commit2Dialogue”. The forum sought to tackle partnerships in the aim to prevent conflict and extremism, and sustain peace. It offered innovative methods to promote conflict prevention and mediation, as well as opportunities to engage in interreligious dialogue, diversity, and partnerships.
8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Conpect Note: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/wp-content/uploads/181005_8th-UNAOC-Global-Forum-Concept-Note.pdf
8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Program: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/agenda/
The World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit is an extensive gathering of like-minded leaders and citizens sincerely taking action for settling the sustainable environment for peace in today’s world (source: http://www.warpsummit.org/en/aboutWARP)
The theme of the 2019 World Peace Summit: 5th Anniversary of the WARP Summit was “DPCW for change, peace for all”
Every five to seven years, Religions for Peace gathers hundreds of eminent religious leaders from the world’s great faith traditions together in an assembly where they can share concerns about international affairs and address political and social issues. Each assembly adopts a formal Declaration, which guides the focus of the global network for the next five years. Since the first World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan, in October 1970, Religions for Peace has convened ten Assemblies on five continents. The last World Assembly was held in August 2019, in Lindau, Germany, titled: “Caring for our Common Future.”